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« on: April 26, 2011, 09:37:04 PM »

I have never been crabbing but love crabs. Have been fishing for a few years now off the yak. Want to venture into the world of crabbing as well.
Besides handlines, are there any recommendations for traps/pots that take up minimal space and work well?

I was looking for a pot that I could drop off early in the day, fluke fish all day then pick up on the way in? I know the limit is 2 pots but figured if i can catch 2 dozen for dinner I'd be happy.

For the dedicated crabbing days i figured hand line is the cheapest and easiest from the kayak? Or are topless traps worth a look at?

Btw I mostly fish SJ bay waters from wildwood to Tuckerton but always looking to try new waters. Kayak is SOT.
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« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2011, 10:10:54 PM »

I have not had great success with pots when they are dropped on "short soaks" like day fishing trips.  I am not sure you can carry 2 full sized pots on a yak but If you could then you should be able to carry at least 20 topless traps and do alot better actively crabbing.  Check out Capt Moose's traps to get an idea of the space you will needed.
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« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2011, 08:13:58 AM »

Ring traps would be your best bet in my opinion. They are not my favorite but take up very little space.
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« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2011, 09:23:15 AM »

Ring traps or handlines may be the best way to go.  Topless traps in a yak would still take up a lot of room, plus the rest of your supplies as well.  As for the pots, I wouldn't waste your time as stated on "short soaks".  I have tried it myself in the past and find out you really don't get much.  More hassle getting it out there and baiting it up then its worth.
 
Good luck, and let us know how you do.  Also throw BrianG a PM, he is the master of the Yak.   laugh 
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« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2011, 09:54:28 AM »

Are there Some rings that will be better than others or will any old ring trap work?

My tankwell is roughly 13x28 so I thought I'd have enough room for the topless.
Regardless, how many rings should I look at running? I'd imagine 6 would keep me busy with handlines.
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« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2011, 01:16:00 PM »

I've run 30 traps from my kayak before.   It was easier for me to tow a lot of gear including my bushel basket out in a modified inflatable boat.  Ye old ring traps should work ok especially in shallower water.  Handlines will be tough unless you can anchor.
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« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2011, 01:34:48 PM »

I've run 30 traps from my kayak before.   It was easier for me to tow a lot of gear including my bushel basket out in a modified inflatable boat.  Ye old ring traps should work ok especially in shallower water.  Handlines will be tough unless you can anchor.

Meh...   Ringtraps.   Grin
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« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2011, 01:54:41 PM »

If you use rings get the wire mesh ones, the cotton ring the crabs sometimes get tangled and is a pain to get out in my opion.


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« Reply #8 on: April 27, 2011, 04:55:14 PM »

Meh...   Ringtraps.   Grin

I'd like to point out I said they'd work "ok", not "super freakin awesome".   Grin
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« Reply #9 on: April 27, 2011, 09:25:38 PM »

30 seems like a lot. Haha. I guess I could buy a few and see how I like it before sinking that much money.

Rings get more flak on here than topless. Worth the trade off for stowage?

I still am leaning towards captmooses topless. Could easily stack what I need behind me.

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« Reply #10 on: April 27, 2011, 10:10:54 PM »

You can tie a tube to your kayak and put box traps?
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« Reply #11 on: April 28, 2011, 06:58:42 AM »

You can tie a tube to your kayak and put box traps?

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« Reply #12 on: April 28, 2011, 10:06:40 AM »

The mere mention of the word kayak caused Blackfire to materialize.    laugh

Nice, I was going to mention him too but I didn't want to upset Brian in the NJ forums  Grin
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« Reply #13 on: April 28, 2011, 04:30:00 PM »

It's a hobie adventure. Does if affect anything?
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« Reply #14 on: April 28, 2011, 06:52:46 PM »

It's a hobie adventure. Does if affect anything?


Hobies are nice fishing kayak's. You can mount some outriggers on it then you will be able to lean side to side without having to worry about tipping over. Trail a tube with a bushel basket in it, or ring traps.
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« Reply #15 on: April 28, 2011, 09:21:45 PM »

Hobies are nice fishing kayak's. You can mount some outriggers on it then you will be able to lean side to side without having to worry about tipping over. Trail a tube with a bushel basket in it, or ring traps.

There you go, wisdom of manning a yak.  WTG BF  2thumbsup
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« Reply #16 on: April 29, 2011, 09:38:53 AM »

Definitly ringtraps, or handlines,  if your also bringing fishing tackle, basket to put the crabs in as well.  Best bet is to carry the smallest stuff
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« Reply #17 on: April 29, 2011, 12:12:48 PM »

i like the cotton ones for that reason lol the wire ones they tend to walk out lol but the cotton ones are really cheap the rings bend easily so there's always a draw back lol


If you use rings get the wire mesh ones, the cotton ring the crabs sometimes get tangled and is a pain to get out in my opion.


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« Reply #18 on: April 29, 2011, 06:27:39 PM »

If you hand lines bring two fold up anchors. One bow, one stern.
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« Reply #19 on: April 30, 2011, 08:31:47 AM »

Thanks for all the help.

Most kayaks are set up with a single trolly bow to stern.
Do you suggest a sPlit trolly? I wasn't planning on doing a trolly on the hobie (have a reg paddle yak that is rigged up as well).

It looks like with the yAk, I with either be crabbing or fishing and not both unless I bring some killies and float them with a float rig while soaking the rings/topless.

Is there a specific brand or model ring trap made better than others? Any local companies make them in nj? I love to support local business and American products when I can.

Also is there a general rule how much weight to add to a ring trap? Certain depth or current speed to prevent them from walking. They seem to weigh close to nothing.
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