Is it legal to drop down octopus traps to catch some octopus to eat. When running shrimp pots I have lots of trouble with octopus eatting my shrimp so my idea is to catch the octopus. I'm thinking 4" or 5" PVC pipe 3' long with a plug on one end and bait down at the back of the pipe wired in good. May get a few shrimp but will also get the big octopus in them. I'm thinking tie them right on to the shrimp pots. They won't attract octopus just catch the big ones that are there. My problem is trying to explain it to the troopers what the hell I'm doing when they check me. They may say or call it a shrimp pot. So is it legal??? Hey I got a post for the troopers forum check it there. Anyway give me some input and thought, I know other people have thought the same or have already tried it.