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« on: October 17, 2012, 08:53:52 AM »

   Arrived at Rolph's late in the day while construction crew was preparing for Wednesday's installation of a new concrete pad at the end of the ramp to extend it into the channel. Tried SE Creek but water was very low and 'Rude was churning up mud, so ran down river to find a place out of steady north wind. Laid 1200' CN baited line in 4 to 20 feet on incoming tide. Ate sammich while bait soaked, then made 1st pass - new snooded line (paracord) & my first time trotlining so wasn't expecting much. Fortunately, crabs were out in force and I was netting like a madman. Most crabs were too small or light so back over the side or 'clunked' against the roller. 2nd pass and more furious netting. Missed several nice jimmies but crabs all over the bait. Again, most crabs small but very few females. Two more passes, it was late, and had 3/4 bushel so called it a day.
    Most crabs in 5-7 feet of water on incoming tide. As this was my first trotline experience, it started 'Charlie Foxtrot' but eventually I got the hang of it. Worst part was paying out baited line from spool and fighting tangled snoods that almost pulled the whole show overboard. But the Crab Gods shone on this idiot and let him go home safely with a bounty.
    Added bonus - Just outside Church Hill, a turkey flew into another vehicle ahead of me breaking its neck. Stopped, picked it up and called DNR. Cpl. Jones with Nat'l Resources Police issued a non-hunting tag so I could keep my Thanksgiving dinner. I know, you're hearing banjo music but I couldn't see that sweet young hen go to waste.
    A load o' crabs and a wild turkey - the Eastern Shore rules!
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« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2012, 09:02:54 AM »

Lol, that's awesome! Nothin wrong with a little road kill for thanksgiving, eastern shore does rule. You may have better luck putting out your line without the spool. Just get a plastic bin and lay it in that. Push it down every once in a while as you load it in. Great report and enjoy your eastern shore feast.
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« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2012, 09:08:54 AM »

Lol, that's awesome! Nothin wrong with a little road kill for thanksgiving, eastern shore does rule. You may have better luck putting out your line without the spool. Just get a plastic bin and lay it in that. Push it down every once in a while as you load it in. Great report and enjoy your eastern shore feast.
Yep, use a tub for the line. spooling will only cause you problems.
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« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2012, 11:28:35 AM »

Nice catch and even better report/story.  Enjoy those fall crabs Arnie.

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« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2012, 12:01:55 PM »

Sounds like a darn good day to me.  Congrats on both of your catches.
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« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2012, 01:02:08 PM »

Nice catch WTG
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« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2012, 01:10:58 PM »

Shined on by the crab gods and the turkey gods both in one day.  What a finish to the day.  And I agree about the spool.  Spent time two years ago making my own wooden spools because I wanted them to both fit in my cooler but be big enough to be packed full when baited.  Too many tangles.  Went to thicker line and went back to cheating the line and haven't had a problem since.  Other than not catching enough crabs. 
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Yuh catch 'um wid a neck an' a line.
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Den eat de crab strait from 'de pot.

Oh, de beer, he taste so chilly.
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« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2012, 07:08:54 PM »

glad to hear about the pad on low tide the ramp is to short
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« Reply #8 on: October 17, 2012, 07:18:52 PM »

glad to hear about the pad on low tide the ramp is to short
Amen to that,I was there yesterday at dead low,Brutal is all I can say
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« Reply #9 on: October 17, 2012, 07:22:11 PM »

surf and turf!!!! thats a good day..lol
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« Reply #10 on: October 18, 2012, 08:39:47 AM »

Great news about the ramp. Was there on the 13th and came in at dead low tide, my boat is heavy and deep vee hull had a really hard time gettin it on trailer and then up ramp over those stones
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« Reply #11 on: October 18, 2012, 05:38:58 PM »

 Thanks to all for telling me to ditch the spool because it was a pain...and it broke, anyway. Winding up the line at day's end was disgusting - yours truly was speckled with 1200 linear feet of bottom sediment and chicken neck juice - not pretty. Bought an 18 gallon plastic tub at Lowe's and will use it per Crabby & Co's instructions - I appreciate the valuable tips, gang! I steal every good idea you guys & gals post!
   
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