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« on: July 05, 2014, 08:44:22 AM »

Well, it wasn't a total bust but we only caught six keepers.  And a stone crab that went back in unharmed.  I think the real reason we went was to clean up the dock and the area around it.  My kid pulled two ghost traps and a coke can out of the water. 

It is very rocky there.  I had to send my kid out to rescue a trap for me and I was a bit worried as there are a lot of sharks in that area of the river.  But hey, it was a nearly new metal basket trap!

When the tide was up over the rocks near the beginning of the dock, I started to catch Sailor's Choice which we turned into bait.  I run a cable tie through the gill and out the mouth and tie them into the trap.   That's when I started to catch crabs but only six were big enough to take home.  Oddly enough, they all had barnacles on them.  All females, no egg bearing ones. 

I have only caught one egg bearing female so far this year.  That concerns me.  Usually we catch two or three each trip. 

This dock is very secluded but does have a considerable amount of boat traffic as it is near the public boat ramp. 

We met Shellfish (Jim) who showed up to say hello.  Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2014, 08:00:39 PM »

nice report
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« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2014, 09:58:22 AM »

Thank you for the report and it was my pleasure to meet you and Conner!
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« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2014, 03:54:21 PM »

Just so you know, Conor is 12 years old and he's on the Autism spectrum.  He's has Asberger's Syndrome.  Two years ago he would have never talked to you.  He would not have been able to speak to a stranger.

He's come so far and what did the trick?  Crabbing and fishing.  I am not kidding.  This child broke out of his shell in a way I never expected. He approaches people now.  He speaks to strangers.  He'll ask you about your catch.  I cannot overstate how happy this makes me.  He's going to be just fine; crabbing and fishing turned out to be the key to helping him speak up.

Here's my boy having the time of his life on 7/4/14.  Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2014, 07:13:45 PM »

NICE
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« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2014, 08:13:15 AM »

I would never have known that about Conner! He seemed like a young gentleman just out having fun crabbing and fishing!
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