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« on: March 18, 2008, 09:16:41 PM »

I have a guy asking about crabbing in Navarre and Destin.  He will be visiting here this weekend and the next two.  Anyone have any local knowledge about where he can crab from shore and what type of gear to use?

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« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2008, 10:03:30 PM »

I have a guy asking about crabbing in Navarre and Destin.  He will be visiting here this weekend and the next two.  Anyone have any local knowledge about where he can crab from shore and what type of gear to use?

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Doc I just came from Destin last week, the place where I stayed said they crab off the docks (Private). I don't know what is public but there are docks and piers all over Destin Harbor. They said they get huge crabs there between June - Aug. I seen some people fishing on the bridge over the bay and thought I saw some commercial pots out there. I would think traps but I don't know the gear restrictions. I don't think they are in the shallows yet it's been cool there (50's - 60's as a high). Water temp I believe was in the low 60's. Hope this helped a bit. Wink
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« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2008, 09:01:09 PM »

Thanks, Joe -

This year's season is just about over down here and the new one starts tomorrow - we crab 365/year - at least the commercial guys do!

Thanks for the info.

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« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2008, 10:51:17 AM »

Thanks, Joe -

This year's season is just about over down here and the new one starts tomorrow - we crab 365/year - at least the commercial guys do!

Thanks for the info.

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« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2008, 09:28:11 PM »

Thanks, Joe -

This year's season is just about over down here and the new one starts tomorrow - we crab 365/year - at least the commercial guys do!

Thanks for the info.

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Maybe you should let the people in Destin know. At least the rec's. Didn't see anyone crabbing in that 40 - 50 degree weather. It gets colder than that on the Wye. Roll Eyes Grin
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« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2008, 02:22:05 PM »

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I caught the Official last crab of the Season this year, beating out RD by twelve seconds. It was caught in trap seven of my string, at 1159 and 49 seconds. No other crabs were reported caught in the last eleven seconds of the season. Trap eight was empty, so I didnt record time for the new season first crab honors.
In the Photo, the Last crab was the large angry looking one. He was caught in twelve ft. of water, with water temp in 50s.

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« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2008, 03:38:37 PM »

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I caught the Official last crab of the Season this year, beating out RD by twelve seconds. It was caught in trap seven of my string, at 1159 and 49 seconds. No other crabs were reported caught in the last eleven seconds of the season. Trap eight was empty, so I didnt record time for the new season first crab honors.
In the Photo, the Last crab was the large angry looking one. He was caught in twelve ft. of water, with water temp in 50s.
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« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2008, 04:33:10 PM »

NICE.  Wink
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« Reply #8 on: March 25, 2008, 09:33:56 PM »

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I caught the Official last crab of the Season this year, beating out RD by twelve seconds. It was caught in trap seven of my string, at 1159 and 49 seconds. No other crabs were reported caught in the last eleven seconds of the season. Trap eight was empty, so I didnt record time for the new season first crab honors.
In the Photo, the Last crab was the large angry looking one. He was caught in twelve ft. of water, with water temp in 50s.

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Nice crab Crunch. I don't think the water temps are the problem. Still get crabs up here in 50 degree temps with colder air temps. Just have to crab in 25 -30'. You don't get the sustained cold to really bury them. They may slow down but that's it. I just don't think alot of people down there care to crab in 30 ,40 , 50 degree weather. Grin B4 I went to Destin temps got in the 20's there with highs in the 30's. It seems to get a lot cooler in the panhandle area then further south. When it gets that cold unless your making a living I think the people tend to hibernate, not the crabs. I would like to see a picture of Doc crabbing in a fur coat.laugh
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« Reply #9 on: March 25, 2008, 10:14:43 PM »

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My crabbing partner and I really wanted to see how well we could do in the Winter months as opposed to Summer.
Results are.....Winter wins hands down. It is just too brutally hot crabbing in the Summer, especially running topless traps.
Also, Winter crabs are solid, heavy, and huge. They are far easier to locate, and more abundant and less spread out as in Summer.
I used to ice fish and found the same to be true for Winter crappie. All stacked up in deep water.
Ive seen commercial type traps on residents docks stacked up after the first cold fromt drove the crabs about twenty feet away from their dock. All the crabs they could want, just a few more feet from where there dock ended.
And as you could see for yourself, there are not many recs crabbing.
We like it that way. Grin

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