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2017 AOTY/DOTY Entry

Topic: Dummies Guide to Crabbing  (Read 4780 times)

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Hi Glen,

Bravo! Very nice tutorial. downloaded and saved.

I've done crabbing a couple of times at HMB. This tutorial addressed all of my struggles. Will bring adjusted rigs  and enjoy more of kayak crabbing. Hopefully break my record of one dunge per trip.  :smt044

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Gee Glen,
What a great write-up! How long have you been a technical writer?
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This is really helpful. Thank you.


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This is really helpful. Thank you.

Feel free to PM if you have any additional questions...
The one who dies with the most toys, WINS!



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Looking forward to crabbing again...after last years theft of all my crab gear shortly after the opener. I was so disgusted I didn't crab rest of the season.   No overnight soaks this year.  The thievery was pretty bad last year...hope this year is better


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Looking forward to crabbing again...after last years theft of all my crab gear shortly after the opener. I was so disgusted I didn't crab rest of the season.   No overnight soaks this year.  The thievery was pretty bad last year...hope this year is better

Unfortunately, thats a big risk when you drop in shallow, close water; real easy for bandits to increase there inventory.

Also, just to be safe. make sure you weigh your pots and line (rope) down accordingly; and have enough "scope" for the rope too. The swell and current play a bigger part to pot movement than in deeper waters. Dont make you bouys to "floatie"; each time a swell hits, it may lift the pots and increase the chance of it walking... the bouy should only be used to find the pot; and should submerge slightly when swells hit them...
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I only fish on days that end with Y


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Great write up Glenn, thanks for that -- I'm one of those "Dummies" (a.k.a., Noobs) for whom it is written.

Question 1:  I see you braided in your loop.  Can this be done w/ leaded line, as in, Is there a strip of lead running like a core in the fiber twists that would interfere w/ the braid?
Q2:  Can leaded line be safely flame fused?
Q3:  I understand why braided loops are desirable for smoothness, but why braid the loop instead of simply tying an overhand loop knot at the buoy end of the line?
Q4:  Comments on forming end loops by means of stainless steel wire whipping that gets covered w/ heat-shrink tubing?


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Great write up Glenn, thanks for that -- I'm one of those "Dummies" (a.k.a., Noobs) for whom it is written.

Q1:  I see you braided in your loop.  Can this be done w/ leaded line, as in, Is there a strip of lead running like a core in the fiber twists that would interfere w/ the braid?
R.) Yes, we use loops on the leaded line to create "shots" of rope with different lengths; that why its easy to change out or add line for different depths. Just be cautious not to untwist is we feeding it under the next strand.


Q2:  Can leaded line be safely flame fused?

R:) Yes, you can use a lighter or propane torch (on very low) to burn the ends; it's just alot easier with a rope cutter (which is basically a soldiering gun with a different tip.

Q3:  I understand why braided loops are desirable for smoothness, but why braid the loop instead of simply tying an overhand loop knot at the buoy end of the line?

R:) Knots are alot larger than braiding and doesnt feed well thru pullers; doesn't really apply on a kayak, but on a friends boat with a puller, it could jam on the wheel. Plus it just looks alot cleaner and uncoils alot smoother when deploying.


Q4:  Comments on forming end loops by means of stainless steel wire whipping that gets covered w/ heat-shrink tubing?

R:) It works for a while, but the heat shrink tube gets damaged and then exposes the wire; and the wire really hurts when it sticks you in the hand (past experience).

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Damn, you put a lot of effort and time into this.  :thumbsup:
Good thing you were on the clock when writing this up  :smt001
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Thanks for the awsome tips Glenn!
I just wish I could use them
up here in the north bay :)
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Damn, you put a lot of effort and time into this.  :thumbsup:
Good thing you were on the clock when writing this up  :smt001

Your stamp dollars at work, baby!!!! :smt005


Thanks for the awsome tips Glenn!
I just wish I could use them
up here in the north bay :)

Why not? alot of places in the north bay to crab from!  Anywhere you find sand or sand/grass, you'll find dungies; as long as its a decent distance from rocks/reefs....

Let me know where your preference for crabbing and I'll check my maps...
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I'm north of the 38th...
Usually go out at Doran, and next year their gonna be big!
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R:) It works for a while, but the heat shrink tube gets damaged and then exposes the wire; and the wire really hurts when it sticks you in the hand (past experience).
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Hey, thanks!


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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


Glen

2.5 years later and still helping members.  Thanks for the post will be getting ready for next season!