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« on: September 08, 2013, 10:15:03 AM »

 Last week there was a topic on solo crabbing. I crab by myself in a 16 foot Jon boat. Last year while I was running my trot line, a clam boat went by and I just about fell out of my boat. Those clam boats make a big wake since they are heavy and deep in the water.
 This season I bought an inflatable life vest and I wear it all the time while on the water. And sometimes I attach the kill switch to the "D" ring. This is just food for thought for solo crabbers.
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« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2013, 10:35:14 AM »

For that reason you should never crab solo. I always take someone. You never know anything can happen out there. Always think safety first.  Huh Huh
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« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2013, 11:46:40 AM »

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« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2013, 12:00:42 PM »

 I would take someone, but hard to find anyone during the week that wants to get up that early. Plus the 16 foot boat with 30 ring nets, trot line stuff ect. is a little crowded. Maybe I should look for a good looking woman and then crowded would be a good thing! 
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« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2013, 07:56:41 AM »

I'm right there with you. I crabbed every weekend since June and went solo every time except once. Everyone talks a good game during the week but when it comes to the question "do you want to go this weekend", the excuse book comes out. I simply say "no need for an excuse"....I'm going, be there or I'll send you pics when I get back.
Back to the safety part, I have a 60HP tiller and an 18' scow. I doubled the length of my kill switch lanyard and wear it whenever the motor is running.
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« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2013, 08:19:19 AM »

http://www.autotether.com/  Cool

plus.... New Jersey established their lanyard legislation in 2009. The law states the following:

New Jersey boating legislationThe operator of any vessel equipped with a lanyard cut-off switch shall wear the safety switch lanyard at all times when the vessel is in operation.
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« Reply #6 on: September 15, 2013, 09:51:55 AM »

Is it a solo trip if a dogs along? Lol. Some of my best days on the water were solo days.
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« Reply #7 on: September 15, 2013, 08:02:01 PM »

90% solo crabber here too. never had any problems (touch wood).
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« Reply #8 on: September 15, 2013, 09:41:43 PM »

I'll be solo crabbing tomorrow at the Wye and I think I'll make my kill switch laynard a little longer. Bad enough to fall overboard, but then get run over by my own boat would be the worst.
I have to find out where the crabs are hanging out,so I can find them again on Friday for the BIG PARTY at the Wye. I just hope that everybody does well crabbing.
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« Reply #9 on: September 15, 2013, 10:11:37 PM »

I'll be solo crabbing tomorrow at the Wye and I think I'll make my kill switch laynard a little longer. Bad enough to fall overboard, but then get run over by my own boat would be the worst.
I have to find out where the crabs are hanging out,so I can find them again on Friday for the BIG PARTY at the Wye. I just hope that everybody does well crabbing.
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« Reply #10 on: September 16, 2013, 09:30:59 PM »

  Lol. Some of my best days on the water were solo days.
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« Reply #11 on: September 18, 2013, 10:38:13 AM »

When you're out on the water solo you tend to take the safety precautions a little more seriously.  My life jacket is always on when it's just me.  Wish I could say the same when I'm out with others on board.
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« Reply #12 on: September 18, 2013, 05:07:18 PM »

You got that right Terps. When I run my trot line I stand up and dip one handed and steer with a tiller extention. I have the kill switch hooked to my inflatable life vest. That way I am protected hopefully from that wake I don't see coming. As they say "more drown fisherman are found with their flies open"

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« Reply #13 on: September 19, 2013, 05:07:57 PM »

I often go by myself as well,I am cautious out there as everyone should be ,but dont really worry about it.I have had some of my best days solo as well.
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« Reply #14 on: September 20, 2013, 08:20:58 AM »

I rarely crab solo but I do like to fish solo just lean back put my feet up and drift around  Very relaxing
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« Reply #15 on: September 22, 2013, 10:51:11 PM »

Tried to go solo fishing today. Made the mistake of telling people. Wound up taking someone along. laugh
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« Reply #16 on: September 23, 2013, 07:04:00 AM »

Loved my solo wye trip friday! Just what i needed Smiley
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