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« on: September 24, 2010, 07:38:34 PM »

Hello everyone! I have been saying that I wanted to go crabbing for the past 10 years and never did it until 2 weeks ago! I'm hooked!!!!!!!!!  I was invited onto one the nurses I work with boat and had a ball all by myself. Everyone just sat on the boat and looked at me while I did my thing.  I was so hype when I caught my first crab! I used handlines with chicken and made out ok for my first time.  Ok...Now here's where I need some help from you guys. I live in Philly and a few friends and I are going crabbing Sunday morning (9-26) and I need to know where I should go.  I don't have a boat and really don't want to rent one since this trip was planned at the last minute. Anyone have any suggestions where we can go and crab from land? I called and got information from Dividing Creek and was told about Maple Ave. Can anyone give me a good place to go?  Now I must tell you that I'm a city girl and know nothing about NJ and it's water ways. So any place you suggest please if possible give directions. Thanx in advance!  This site is awesome!
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« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2010, 08:32:11 PM »

Good luck,

sorry I am down here in Maryland so I can not help you... you know where there is a will there is a way... A few weeks ago I saw a dude with one of those plastic canoes and he had a basket in a float attached to a rope that he pulled with him as he rowed from trap to trap. He seemed like he was doing good with that. When ever he caught a crab he would pull the basket close to him, drop the crab in and then continue on his way. Seems like he found a cheep way to get on the water. I have seen others use skidoos and such the same way.
 
The problem with crabbing off piers is that if you do not get there early enough you might not get room to set up.

I know what you mean though about having fun crabbing. I tell my friends that I feel like a little kid opening their Christmas stocking every time I pull a trap up. For some reason if it has a crab in it I am always surprised and pleased.  Shocked

Of course I think that the way to happiness is in learning how to take pleasure in simple things.

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« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2010, 08:56:56 PM »

Hello everyone! I have been saying that I wanted to go crabbing for the past 10 years and never did it until 2 weeks ago! I'm hooked!!!!!!!!!  I was invited onto one the nurses I work with boat and had a ball all by myself. Everyone just sat on the boat and looked at me while I did my thing.  I was so hype when I caught my first crab! I used handlines with chicken and made out ok for my first time.  Ok...Now here's where I need some help from you guys. I live in Philly and a few friends and I are going crabbing Sunday morning (9-26) and I need to know where I should go.  I don't have a boat and really don't want to rent one since this trip was planned at the last minute. Anyone have any suggestions where we can go and crab from land? I called and got information from Dividing Creek and was told about Maple Ave. Can anyone give me a good place to go?  Now I must tell you that I'm a city girl and know nothing about NJ and it's water ways. So any place you suggest please if possible give directions. Thanx in advance!  This site is awesome!

Buy five ring traps, a cheap ball of twine and a package of chicken legs and go to the bridges on Route 322/40 entering Atlantic City.   
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« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2010, 10:08:37 PM »

WELCOME . good luck , hope you find a good spot . HAPPY CRABBING.  Wink
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« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2010, 02:35:46 AM »

Buy five ring traps, a cheap ball of twine and a package of chicken legs and go to the bridges on Route 322/40 entering Atlantic City.   

2nd that. 

Make sure you have at least a good 20' of rope on there!
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« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2010, 02:57:06 AM »

Were you planning on using hand lines?
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« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2010, 08:13:59 AM »

Were you planning on using hand lines?

If so, Corbin City Game Preserve is the place to be.
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« Reply #7 on: September 25, 2010, 07:44:46 PM »

Hey You Guys... Yeah I was gonna use hand lines.  I'll grab them in the morning. Where is Corbin City Game Preserve? I'm so NJ illeterate! Sorry! laugh  Double D...what's the crabbing like in MD? I have family in Saint Mary's County.  I'm so hype yall about tomorrow that I just might pull an all nighter. LOL
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« Reply #8 on: September 26, 2010, 09:37:36 AM »

We are having a great year here the Chesapeake is producing like it use to many years ago.

Good luck.  Keep us posted on how you do... a bit of rain here today so only the most dedicated crabbers will go out... I may stay home today and make some crab soup  Grin
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« Reply #9 on: September 26, 2010, 06:07:52 PM »

Hey You Guys... Yeah I was gonna use hand lines.  I'll grab them in the morning. Where is Corbin City Game Preserve? I'm so NJ illeterate! Sorry! laugh  Double D...what's the crabbing like in MD? I have family in Saint Mary's County.  I'm so hype yall about tomorrow that I just might pull an all nighter. LOL

Griscom Mill Road in Corbin City off of Route 50.    Drive until the road becomes a dirt road, follow it through the woods until it opens up into a saltwater marsh.    Crab at an of the culverts aka spillways that go beneath the road.
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« Reply #10 on: September 26, 2010, 08:08:43 PM »

Well...it only turned out to be 3 of us this morning.  All the ones with the mouths couldn't get up this morning, so they got left! I was up like it was Christmas morning and I was so hype! We ended up in Cumberland County on Maple Ave.  Stopped at Dividing Creek and picked up a few things and headed on around the corner. It was so beautiful out there. So peaceful.  We got there around 7:30 and stayed out there til about 2. With the 3 of us crabbing...we ended up with approx 40-50 keepers.  We did well when the tide was low.  I have to get me some rubber pants so I can get all the way out there! Next time we're gonna rent a boat so we can go out in the marshes.  Them fools already talkin about going back out next weekend!

Thanx for the directions Ron...we might just have to check that place out!

Question...we used handlines...but we saw a few people using boxes.  What do you guys think works better?
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« Reply #11 on: September 26, 2010, 09:00:18 PM »

If you got that many keepers I would stick with hand lines... they are a lot of fun I think. more so than traps. Glad to hear that you had a great day! Cool
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« Reply #12 on: September 27, 2010, 07:54:12 PM »

If you rent a boat at Dividing Creek, you might want to pick up a few box traps or baskets to use along with your hand lines.  Sometimes there is a bit too much current in the creek for the handlines.   There is also another place further down Rt 553 called Beaver Dam.  The rental boats do not have motors, but they tow you around to different spots.  The water is shallower and calmer there, so you may be ok with just handlines.
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« Reply #13 on: September 28, 2010, 12:08:46 PM »

Buddy of mine was out in Dividing Creek with some friends this weekend using hand lines out near the bridge. They grabbed a bushel in the first 3 hrs they were there. 
If you rent a boat at Dividing Creek, you might want to pick up a few box traps or baskets to use along with your hand lines.  Sometimes there is a bit too much current in the creek for the handlines.   There is also another place further down Rt 553 called Beaver Dam.  The rental boats do not have motors, but they tow you around to different spots.  The water is shallower and calmer there, so you may be ok with just handlines.
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« Reply #14 on: September 30, 2010, 08:55:52 PM »

AEWP10,Great to see you did so Good,,40 to 50 crabs hand lining is supper,,,Great Report
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