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« on: March 10, 2010, 05:32:09 PM »

I've been ready to get this season underway!  Just trying to get an idea of the earliest people went out last season and came back with a decent catch... any dates?? Wink

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« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2010, 08:30:04 PM »

Went out april 18th 2009
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« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2010, 04:52:57 PM »

I usually start in May after Turkey season but may try to start a little earlier this year.  I've done well in Dividing Creek and Dennis creek early on.  I'm contemplating trying this April running some traps in Whale creek and do a couple of drifts fishing in between pulls.
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« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2010, 06:40:53 PM »

I'm ready.
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« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2010, 03:50:53 AM »

I was thinking of trying red bank or beaver dam next weekend. What are your thoughts... do you go from land or a boat.... email me back
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« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2010, 08:51:15 AM »

I was thinking of trying red bank or beaver dam next weekend. What are your thoughts... do you go from land or a boat.... email me back

Still a tad too early.   We're all itching to get out but hold off a few more weeks. 

b/t/w/  Welcome to the site fellow Delco'er!
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« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2010, 09:15:32 AM »

WELCOME . have to wait till the water temps go up some , good luck and HAPPY CRABBING   Wink
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« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2010, 11:18:24 AM »

I don't know Red Bank, and not sure when Beaver Dam opens.  I agree the water still needs to warm up to be real productive but, I say go ahead and get out if you can.  What's the worst thing that can happen?  Some of the best times I've had on the water ended up with a stop at the fish store on the way home. Just remember to be safe, not a lot of folks out on the water this time of year if you run into trouble.  
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« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2010, 12:04:13 AM »

I'm ready.

Me Too!!!

If I recall you made some good catches early last season Ron, hopefully this year is just as good
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« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2010, 09:13:20 AM »

Things were good early last year in my area, or at least better than they had been years past.

I saw a couple commercial guys towing their boats along with pots on the parkway yesterday.   I'm sure there will be a bombardment on the 15th...
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« Reply #10 on: March 13, 2010, 05:30:57 PM »

i start around mid april. around bayville nj. most of them are between 4 and 5 inches. just making the size. most of them are empty
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« Reply #11 on: March 13, 2010, 09:26:11 PM »

The earliest I have caught keepers is april 11th........Not that I didn't try earlier , I did, but no luck.    Look for dark bottom, shallow bays. Crab the channels that feed these areas.   Bays warm first and crabs hold in the deeper water looking for food.   
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« Reply #12 on: March 15, 2010, 07:40:34 PM »

I don't know Red Bank, and not sure when Beaver Dam opens.  I agree the water still needs to warm up to be real productive but, I say go ahead and get out if you can.  What's the worst thing that can happen?  Some of the best times I've had on the water ended up with a stop at the fish store on the way home. Just remember to be safe, not a lot of folks out on the water this time of year if you run into trouble.  



I usually head to Dividing Creek in early april and usually the only boat out. Beautiful and peaceful, but scary.  Made me think to buy flares and a HH marine radio. A lot of areas down that area don't get cell reception.
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I usually head to Dividing Creek in early april and usually the only boat out. Beautiful and peaceful, but scary.  Made me think to buy flares and a HH marine radio. A lot of areas down that area don't get cell reception.

Joe I wish i could join you, lacking a boat though so if your ever looking for a partner let me know, shorter ride then MD and still in state. 
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« Reply #14 on: March 17, 2010, 02:16:05 PM »

Hey Joe, when do you think you will make your first trip to the Mullica?
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« Reply #15 on: March 17, 2010, 05:55:08 PM »

Hey Joe, when do you think you will make your first trip to the Mullica?

That usually picks up a few weeks after div. creek. Div. creek is deep in some areas (over 25') and I imagine many lay up for the winter there instead of  traveling to del. bay. I think it was early may last year and we got a bu. using 30 traps in Mullica area. . . Looks like the temps are up to 46-48 in upper del bay. May head to DC first sat in april. Depends on striper action in Del. River.
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« Reply #16 on: April 07, 2010, 12:31:34 AM »

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Hi Philly Joe - I checked out this link and I noticed the crab traps in your photos don't have a top. If you don't mind me asking, did they come like that or did you choose to remove the top?
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« Reply #17 on: April 07, 2010, 01:14:10 AM »

Hi Philly Joe - I checked out this link and I noticed the crab traps in your photos don't have a top. If you don't mind me asking, did they come like that or did you choose to remove the top?

Do a search on the site for Topless Traps.  We either make em ourselves or there are some members that will sell you completed traps.   

The "no top" lets you stick them inside  each other to save space on the boat. I can post some more pics if you want.
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« Reply #18 on: April 07, 2010, 01:18:30 AM »

Do a search on the site for Topless Traps.  We either make em ourselves or there are some members that will sell you completed traps.   

The "no top" lets you stick them inside  each other to save space on the boat. I can post some more pics if you want.

Thats a great idea to save space, but aren't you concerned about the crabs escaping? Those little guys can be quick!

I would love to see some photos if you don't mind sharing...
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« Reply #19 on: April 07, 2010, 01:25:19 AM »



You must maintain a constant pulling action so the force of the water holds them in.
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