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« on: August 05, 2010, 10:31:40 AM »

Do crabs travel in schools like fish and if so what is the proper name. Do they feed all the time also what causes them to move from one spot to the next I thinking food sex and temp
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« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2010, 09:41:59 PM »

Yes, they feed always except right before shedding and right after.  It seems they have been schooling away from my traps lately.
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« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2010, 09:57:14 PM »

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« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2010, 06:50:17 AM »

Since one of a crabs top foods in other crabs, I doubt they school up.  However they do travel, generally, in the same direction at any given time of the year.
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« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2010, 07:20:23 AM »

Good answer!  Shocked

Though I remember a time when one could drop a chicken neck in almost any part of the bay from the end of June to the middle of September and pull up a crab.

In the past 20 years or so it seemed that the crabs moved around from area to area and one would have to ask around on what tributary was "hot"   

This year is the first year in a long time where positive crabbing reports are coming in from all areas of the bay. Is it because of the hot weather, the heavy snow fall last winter, the release of Females last year or just a cycle?

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« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2010, 12:39:06 PM »

Yes, they feed always except right before shedding and right after.  It seems they have been schooling away from my traps lately.
I like it best when they school up in my bushel basket.  Grin
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« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2010, 11:25:50 PM »

Good answer!  Shocked

Though I remember a time when one could drop a chicken neck in almost any part of the bay from the end of June to the middle of September and pull up a crab.

In the past 20 years or so it seemed that the crabs moved around from area to area and one would have to ask around on what tributary was "hot"   

This year is the first year in a long time where positive crabbing reports are coming in from all areas of the bay. Is it because of the hot weather, the heavy snow fall last winter, the release of Females last year or just a cycle?

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« Reply #7 on: August 12, 2010, 09:20:28 AM »

hey nabbcrab are you a redskins fan i love your pic!!!
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« Reply #8 on: August 12, 2010, 09:36:15 AM »

I hate when adolescent crabs take up smoking.   It's a nasty habit.
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« Reply #9 on: August 25, 2010, 08:19:37 PM »

a "school" by definition comes together when scared, like menhaden swimming in bait balls

a "group" hangs out together, prefers to be with eachother, but scatter when scared, like perch

crabs are solitary, but will congregate near common food or good environmental conditions
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« Reply #10 on: August 26, 2010, 07:04:53 AM »

a "school" by definition comes together when scared, like menhaden swimming in bait balls

a "group" hangs out together, prefers to be with eachother, but scatter when scared, like perch

crabs are solitary, but will congregate near common food or good environmental conditions

Wow  Shocked  Look what the cat dragged in.. Long time since I seen you round. Welcome back...  Wink Grin
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« Reply #11 on: August 27, 2010, 08:56:40 PM »

hey nabbcrab are you a redskins fan i love your pic!!!

based on nabbcrabs pic, he is probably can net any crab like a pro until a superbowl sized one shows up and he will choke and miss it


jack ive been hiding but now the real crab season is about to start in a few weeks
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« Reply #12 on: September 12, 2010, 08:11:13 PM »

I like it best when they school up in my bushel basket.  Grin
Yea Amen to that.
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