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« on: August 03, 2010, 10:31:18 AM »

What is the most effective bait for leaving in crab traps over a few nights that holds up the longest?  I have been using ladyfish and crab necks but both are not holding up well when left in a trap a few nights.  I have heard pigs feet and bull lip hold up well too.  What is the best to use in your experience? 
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« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2010, 12:20:27 PM »

Ladyfish are excellent for one night soaks, as you have found out.
Bluefish and spanish mackerel, last a little longer.
I dont leave mine for more than two days because bait is either gone or the decomp has rendered the trap with a smell that needs to be bleached off.
Best bait I have used was Bonita, puts a blood slick out there that brings the crabs in quick.
Toughest longest lasting fish bait I have used was remorra(sucker fish), have flesh like an eel.
So to answer your question, go to the beach and catch some remorra, or anything but ladyfish.
If you stuff trap bait box full, it will last two days.

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« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2010, 01:12:58 PM »

Gotcha, thanks for the tips!  Have you had any luck or tried using pigs feet etc for durability and effectiveness?
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« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2010, 02:06:59 PM »

Pigs feet are not that good for blue crabs, we use them in stone crab traps at the first of the season. With the water this hot all the little bait stealers(pinfish) are out in full force.  Mullet will last a couple of days and is oily enough to attract crabs. Make sure you put your traps on soft bottom(mud, sand). Most fishhouses have mullet.
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« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2010, 02:28:56 PM »

Good to know, I've been wanting to try a mullet fishing technique I read in Florida Sportsman awhile back...just found out I can get salmon heads for .79 per # which the guy says are good and oily too?
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« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2010, 10:19:29 PM »

Never believe anything you read in Fla Sportsman...communist rag.

Salmon heads will work fine too,mullet is better though.
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« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2010, 10:51:43 PM »

I tried pig hocks this week, put 4 in my pot on Sunday and checked it today(tues) they were mostly gone ,but I had 8 crabs in my pot .6 keepers, 1 female , 1 small .
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« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2010, 09:59:16 PM »

I guess it is where you are crabbing.  Here in Louisiana we use catfish heads.  Depending on the size of the head they last at least 3 to 4 days.  A lot of the time I use whatever I catch in the trap. Mullet, croaker, flounder.  Hey its free!  Some of the best bait is speckle trout.  After a good day fishing I'll use the scraps from the fillets.

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« Reply #8 on: August 17, 2010, 09:45:26 PM »

I guess it is where you are crabbing.  Here in Louisiana we use catfish heads.
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Some of the best bait is speckle trout.  After a good day fishing I'll use the scraps from the fillets.

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Only a coonass would put specs in a  crab trap.   Wink
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