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Topic: Dummies Guide to Crabbing  (Read 10537 times)

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So if your line is leaded, is there still need of tying it down or using leaded weights?
I'm assuming it wouldn't hurt.
If the line sinks and is not a boat hazard you don’t need to add weights.


Got it! Yeah Iím using leaded line and itís under the water. Besides zip tying it I was trying to see how others lay their pots.

Thanks for the tips!


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That was great I was taken away by how many traps where in the  Boating Lane in HMB just last week


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I know this is EXTREMELY late in posting; had issues with compressing the file enough to post. :smt013

This was shared at the Crabbing Seminar we held a feeewww years ago at CCK-Oakland. :smt009

Sorry Frank & Bunny! I know that I REALLY lagged on getting you a copy!!! :smt010


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Great tips!

I recently saw a video of a chef preparing a whole crab. He indicated you can humanly kill the crab quickly by piercing the belly of the crab just under the tip of the tail. This supposedly hits the central nervous system, killing the crab. Of course you would then want to immediately put it in the pot.

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Thanks to the OP for the guide. Always a great refresher to read through that stuff. Especially as my collection expands and I can take more crab at once.


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This subject drew my attention because I'm a dummy and went crabbing for the first time, today.  My son and I fished Baker Beach in SF and also threw out one of those crab snares one can get from Ebay.  We caught at least 10 crabs, most legal size, and all female - no keepers today. So, is it expected the catch will be a very low percentage male or is this unusual? :smt001   


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This subject drew my attention because I'm a dummy and went crabbing for the first time, today.  My son and I fished Baker Beach in SF and also threw out one of those crab snares one can get from Ebay.  We caught at least 10 crabs, most legal size, and all female - no keepers today. So, is it expected the catch will be a very low percentage male or is this unusual? :smt001

The SF Bay is a dungie nursery (thats why you can't crab for them inside the GG Bridge) and alot of females pass through through that area.

Also since its late in the season; alot of the legal size have been picked clean by the Commies; so its slow everywhere this time of year...
 
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This subject drew my attention because I'm a dummy and went crabbing for the first time, today.  My son and I fished Baker Beach in SF and also threw out one of those crab snares one can get from Ebay.  We caught at least 10 crabs, most legal size, and all female - no keepers today. So, is it expected the catch will be a very low percentage male or is this unusual? :smt001

As a recreational fisherman, you can keep the females... just saying.
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G whiz and eelkarm, thanks for the reply.  Dang commies - the election, now this! Argh. And for some reason I thought females were off limits, not. 


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As a recreational fisherman, you can keep the females... just saying.

But I would recommend against it; the meat is bitter and they produce the next generation....

If its the roe you desire, drop one pot close to the rocks and target Reds; the meat in the claws are sweeter and they are over-abundant....
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This tutorial, for those of you who are just getting in to crabbing from a kayak like myself, is pretty helpful.  Thanks Yoda.


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What's the furthest south you'd all soak traps with the intent on bringing home enough for a meal and not just by catch?
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What's the furthest south you'd all soak traps with the intent on bringing home enough for a meal and not just by catch?
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I've caught some from Pigeon Point.  You really need to have the flat sandy bottoms. 
Otherwise HMB is your best bet.
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What's the furthest south you'd all soak your traps if you were planning to bring home dinner and not just hope for by catch?

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What's the furthest south you'd all soak your traps if you were planning to bring home dinner and not just hope for by catch?

J. Ice

If you are staying inside the cove, go to the opposite end; past the last Green Bouy....
The one who dies with the most toys, WINS!