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« on: August 13, 2012, 05:36:53 PM »

Got in the water about 7:30am with my brother Bob (crabsindumont) and my nephew Justin. I decided to try out my 125' home made trotline. Turned out to be more trouble than it was worth. Had 25 pieces of bait (chicken) attached approx 4-5 feet a part as well as 3 feet of chain on each end with buoys and heavy weight. Every time we pulled up the line it did not slide smoothly over my u-shaped pipe hanging over the side of the boat. At one point it even got wrapped up in the prop which just added to the frustration. As stubborn as I am I finally conceded to call it quits with the trotline and put it back in the bushel basket for another day.

We had some success around the bridge using droplines baited with chicken and bunker. We also jugged using only 5 topless traps which was not as productive as I thought it might be, moved around quite a bit.  We ended the day with 35 very large crabs/for every 1 we caught there were 3 throwbacks/lots of small females. Wasted 2 1/2  to 3 hours on trotline fiasco or it would of been a much better day. You live and learn.

Ended the day at Brannigan's in Red Bank soothing my wounds with several cold pints and a couple dozen .25 cent wings
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« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2012, 07:16:55 PM »

Dosn't sound like too bad a day to me.
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« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2012, 09:32:37 PM »

nice report and catch
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« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2012, 11:26:13 AM »

Good and accurate report.  Forgot to add the two Northern puffers and one spot fish caught in traps.  I'll be trying to cook those for the first time this week. 
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« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2012, 11:27:44 AM »

Not bad at all.  Glad you got out and got a few.  Kudos for trying to utilize the trotline.   Grin
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« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2012, 10:57:52 PM »

If anyone has any thoughts/suggestions on what I was or wasn't doing correctly I would like to hear them. All of the videos I have seen on youtube sure make it look a lot easier than it is. Just keeping the line from tangling in the basket as you're trying to run it is no small feat as well. It's hard to adjust the speed of the boat slow enough to scoop them without drifting with the current. I believe the bait chunks of chicken I used may have been a little bit too large. Next time I will definitely be using chicken necks which should allow the line to run smoother.
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« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2012, 05:42:08 AM »

sounds like a pretty decent day to me......especially the ending!
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« Reply #7 on: August 16, 2012, 11:07:47 PM »

Sounds like a good day.... Going down to the Oceanic Bridge this Sat early AM.... Can you park and crab from the bridge?
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« Reply #8 on: August 17, 2012, 07:28:22 AM »

Not directly on the bridge but off to the side you can
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