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« on: July 22, 2014, 11:30:00 PM »

Hello all, I have a few questions in regards of crabbing in New Jersey. I never crabbed before and I don't have any supplies yet nor do I know where to go yet. So I need a crapping 101 in terms of what to buy and where to go for starters. This is a list of what I plan to buy, please give me some criticism and the exactly what should I buy.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000EYY378/?tag=bca1-20
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003OC1ZAA/?tag=bca1-20
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000ATUKBU/?tag=bca1-20

I assume that I can use a cooler as long as I only catch 8 gallon (1 bushel) of crabs?
The traps require 2$ license I believe?
Any suggestions on locations where I can go and sit down and just have fun catching them?
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« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2014, 11:36:42 PM »

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« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2014, 02:37:20 PM »

Tattoo, you can confirm that I can buy these items for crabbing in NJ? What is a good location to use it at?
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« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2014, 02:56:00 PM »

Welcome!  There's tons of great information on this site, just click the little crab at the bottom of the page.
Sorry, but the items you chose aren't the best choices for Blueclaw crabbing.  Take a look in the local bait and tackle shops and ask their advice.  Most folks use a wooden or plastic bushel basket, they're cheap, work well and provide drainage and ventilation.  You don't want any crabs you catch to be sitting in water. You'll only need a license if you use Chesapeake style pots, crab traps (with collapsible doors) don't require a license.
Good luck this season!
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« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2014, 08:41:06 PM »

Where are you located in PA? Will you be land based or crabbing by a boat?
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« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2014, 09:42:53 PM »

Wrong gear and too expensive. If you are crabbing from a pier, handlines with a long net or hit up your local bait and tackle shop for crab traps.
The traps range from 5-15$. 50FT crabbing line $2.99
Walmart or Sports stores that usually carry fishing stuff will also carry crabbing supplies.

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https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001446Z6E/?tag=bca1-20

RING TRAP
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0010FXPQA/?tag=bca1-20

HANDLINE
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AU5LGOO/?tag=bca1-20
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« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2014, 11:54:08 AM »

Forget that handline for $20... get an 6 to 8 oz dipzy and make your own.
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« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2014, 12:13:20 PM »

hand lines are your best bet , a couple if box traps too . the hand lines are sooo easy to make and it is cheep . good luck
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« Reply #8 on: July 24, 2014, 07:23:03 PM »

To make a hand line I normally use mason twine, shower curtain ring, and a 3-6oz lead fishing weight.  shower curtain ring doubles as bait holder.
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« Reply #9 on: July 24, 2014, 09:12:22 PM »

I wont be crabbing on boat, I think I may go out around Atlantic City (route 322 and route 30) or Berkeley Island County Park. Good idea or bad?

Thanks guys for the information, I really appreciate it. Bushel means 8 gallons right?
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« Reply #10 on: July 25, 2014, 07:46:48 AM »

Grab yourself 2-3 inexpensive ($5-$10) traps.  Grab some chicken necks from a grocery store near the beach.  Load.  Toss off pier.  Drink a beer.  Tongue
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« Reply #11 on: July 25, 2014, 10:58:15 AM »

Hello all, I have a few questions in regards of crabbing in New Jersey. I never crabbed before and I don't have any supplies yet nor do I know where to go yet. So I need a crapping 101 in terms of what to buy and where to go for starters. This is a list of what I plan to buy, please give me some criticism and the exactly what should I buy.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000EYY378/?tag=bca1-20
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003OC1ZAA/?tag=bca1-20
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000ATUKBU/?tag=bca1-20

I assume that I can use a cooler as long as I only catch 8 gallon (1 bushel) of crabs?
The traps require 2$ license I believe?
Any suggestions on locations where I can go and sit down and just have fun catching them?

I wont be crabbing on boat, I think I may go out around Atlantic City (route 322 and route 30) or Berkeley Island County Park. Good idea or bad?

Thanks guys for the information, I really appreciate it. Bushel means 8 gallons right?

A few things.

1.   You can use a cooler, bucket or anything else.   You won't be catching a bushel of crabs per trip  from the AC bridges so you don't need to worry about anyone questioning you are taking too many crabs.
2.   That crawfish trap is a waste of money.    You need to manually operate traps from bridges.   That requires no license.   If you leave a pot style (self catching) tied to the AC bridges, leave and come back to check it later, your crabs and your pot will be gone.
3.   Beesley's Point pier would be a good spot.    AC bridges aren't relaxing with all the cars coming down.

Grab yourself 2-3 inexpensive ($5-$10) traps.  Grab some chicken necks from a grocery store near the beach.  Load.  Toss off pier.  Drink a beer.  Tongue

The above comment is good advice.

Crabbing the bridges going into AC requires little more than cheap crab traps and cheap cord for them.   Get a wooden bushel basket.   That galvanized on is overkill and not needed.    You won't be filling that much anyway at those locations.    1/2 bushel when the crabs are running and hungry over there is huge catch from those bridges.
 
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« Reply #12 on: August 11, 2014, 03:57:38 PM »

Couple questions...

Beesley's Point Pier... is that the closed bridge next to rt 9?

Is that bridge still crossing over or did they tear it down?

If so which side would be suitable for my kids? The Marmora side?

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« Reply #13 on: August 11, 2014, 05:46:51 PM »

Couple questions...

Beesley's Point Pier... is that the closed bridge next to rt 9?  Is that bridge still crossing over or did they tear it down?  If so which side would be suitable for my kids? The Marmora side?
 
There is still some "bridge" left on the Marmora side, but you shouldn't try to crab off it.   Deep water and strong currents make crabbing tough there.   There is no bridge to speak off on the Somers Point side.   Access is prohibited on the bridge, though some people fish off the Marmora side on the weekends.

You can crab from the BL Englund Pier.     It's open to the public.    That is on the Marmora side by just west of the bridge entrance.    If coming from the North, you'll need to get off at Exit 25, turn right off the exit, then make another right onto Rt 9 north until it ends.    The pier is on the left.

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« Reply #14 on: August 11, 2014, 08:42:56 PM »

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« Reply #15 on: August 11, 2014, 09:09:28 PM »

 
There is still some "bridge" left on the Marmora side, but you shouldn't try to crab off it.   Deep water and strong currents make crabbing tough there.   There is no bridge to speak off on the Somers Point side.   Access is prohibited on the bridge, though some people fish off the Marmora side on the weekends.

You can crab from the BL Englund Pier.     It's open to the public.    That is on the Marmora side by just west of the bridge entrance.    If coming from the North, you'll need to get off at Exit 25, turn right off the exit, then make another right onto Rt 9 north until it ends.    The pier is on the left.



Thanks for the heads up. Should I keep low expectations for the BL Englund pier and just enjoy the day or is this something that might produce? Thanks again for all the great advice.
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« Reply #17 on: August 12, 2014, 08:56:02 AM »

SHower curtain rings for bait holders?  I custom bend a coat hanger into a safety pin.  Smiley



To make a hand line I normally use mason twine, shower curtain ring, and a 3-6oz lead fishing weight.  shower curtain ring doubles as bait holder.
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« Reply #18 on: August 12, 2014, 10:52:15 AM »

can always use zip ties
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