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« on: December 23, 2010, 07:57:20 AM »

What is the best way to go after some stone crabs in NC ? We will be heading down there this summer sometime next year. I am not sure where to go or what to use as bait ( I assume the same as i would for blue crabs )

Any info on them would be greatly appreciated! I did well on the Blue crabs there last year, time to switch it up a little!
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« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2010, 10:59:11 PM »

UMMMM HEAD ABOUT 800 MILES FARTHER SOUTH
OR FIND A GOOD SEAFOOD IMPORTER OR RESTURANT
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« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2010, 08:52:22 AM »

Why, I have hear they get them there in good numbers...... so why head south  ? ? ? If you do not know the answer thats cool, just do not reply Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2010, 02:57:26 PM »

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« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2010, 04:35:05 PM »

I don't think you will find many.

There were less than 6000 pounds landed last year.

Compare that with almost 29,000,000 pounds of blue crabs.
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« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2010, 12:51:14 PM »

http://www.ocracokecottage.com/crabbing.html
I STAND CORRECTED
HAD NO IDEA THEY CAME THAT FAR NORTH
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« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2011, 10:46:09 AM »

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Sorry if i was rude the other day, I should have known better than to get on here after being up for 42 hours. I work nights part time and then watch my 2 year old daughter during the day. Not an excuse to be rude though. I am in a better mood now and just wanted to say sorry!

I know would be more likely to catch them further south, I just had heard about people catching them in NC every time i go down there. I was not sure if there was a certain habbitat to look for them in, certain area, certain bait or time of day they feed. I am just looking for another fun thing to do while I am down there!  : ) We stay on Top Sail Island which is 1/2 hour north of SC. So it is a little further south than the OBX...
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« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2011, 08:23:52 PM »

They prefer a hard bottom and hard running water. I double my irons and fish rocky bottom areas. I usually catch more stones when I leave the traps for three days or more. Dont know if they like rotten bait or if they like the blue crabs but the three day thing seems to work when you want some stones. I dont kill them but I catch about 30-40 lbs a week as by-catch from my blue crab operation.
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« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2011, 12:33:47 AM »

They are colony orientated.  Large males keep watch over the females on what ever rock they are living on.  Catch the big male and the females will move in the trap with him.  If a male challenger moves in, there will be a battle that will result in even more females into the pot to watch the action and see who the victor is.
A lot of times you can entise the large males into the pot with a small female (tennis ball size) that has come in to molt, and the males will go crazy to get to her.  Kind of like reverse peeler potting.
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« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2011, 12:56:17 AM »

dantheman I go to Emerald Isle every year around end of July and beginning of August.  Crabbing by boat or pier I've had the same luck using chicken necks. I am crabbing for blues, but sometimes you'll catch some huge stone crabs.  Especially if you have 2 commercial pots that you can leave out all night.  i've never seen them in numbers, but I mean it's still a good day if you catch a lot of blue crabs and a few stones here and there. I just take the one big claw off and throw it in the pot with the blues and some season.(Jo or Oldbay)
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« Reply #10 on: March 17, 2011, 07:29:54 AM »

They are colony orientated.  Large males keep watch over the females on what ever rock they are living on.  Catch the big male and the females will move in the trap with him.  If a male challenger moves in, there will be a battle that will result in even more females into the pot to watch the action and see who the victor is.
A lot of times you can entise the large males into the pot with a small female (tennis ball size) that has come in to molt, and the males will go crazy to get to her.  Kind of like reverse peeler potting.

Very informative post.    Thanks!
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« Reply #11 on: March 17, 2011, 06:26:19 PM »

Very informative post.    Thanks!
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