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« on: April 21, 2016, 02:57:44 PM »

Started crabbing at 6am with my 12 handlines.  I was hoping to catch 2 dozen. Just enough for dinner. If less I would grill them for an appetizer. Anything more would be a bonus.  First run of handlines I get a keeper size crab on the next to last line! So happy the crabs are around. Second run I get 3 keeper. I am thinking game on. Then the next few runs I get 1 or 2 keepers each run. At 7 am I start tossing out traps. I am thinking now that I might get a half bushel if not more since I am thinking the traps will out produce the handlines.  The traps only produce 1 or 2 crabs each run. The handlines stop producing as well. It still was not to bad of a day. Stopped crabbing at 11am with 40 crabs. Not to bad for my first trip out this early. First pic is the first crab of the year for me.
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« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2016, 03:20:12 PM »

Almost double what you were initially hoping to catch - Well done! Looks like you will be having a very good dinner!!!
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« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2016, 04:41:57 PM »

good  job
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« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2016, 05:06:45 PM »

Very nice
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« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2016, 05:24:25 PM »

NICE, you said 12 handlines (from jon boat???) then talking about runs, where you changing locations or where you talking about crabs running each hour? Might be stupid but can't tell. Thanks
I only check handlines when the line is pulling away [crab on], do you go down the line of lines and does that make a run? I know on trot/snods you go up/down and that is a RUN.
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« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2016, 06:41:24 PM »

Tbishop I crab from the shore/bridge a lot since I dont have a boat. So a run is going down the line once.
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« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2016, 06:55:18 PM »

good job,same spot.
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« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2016, 07:15:54 PM »

Nice, one dinner and one appetizer for tomorrow  Cheesy Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2016, 07:41:57 PM »

Nice going!
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« Reply #9 on: April 21, 2016, 09:41:48 PM »

Nice going!

Enjoy the fresh local crabs, not early season ones from the south!
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« Reply #10 on: April 22, 2016, 08:21:25 AM »

Enjoy those local crabs.  Can't wait for them to hit the Severn
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« Reply #11 on: April 22, 2016, 11:17:45 AM »

Awesome job. Great to hear. I'd be on the water tomorrow if my outboard wasn't stalling everytime i put it in gear. AnnapolisOutboard is looking at it and hopes to have her ready by 5/1/16. Crossing my fingers.
Thats what i get for moving up in size of boat and HP. Went from a 15.6 Glastron with a 8hp MAriner to a 18ft Glastron with a 135 Evinrude but it's a 1973. I did make a transom kicker motor mount for a 80lb thrust 12 volt motor for it though. Hope it works as well as my old set-up Grin
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« Reply #12 on: April 22, 2016, 01:56:07 PM »

Thanks now I understand, us handliners are becoming a rare breed, keep up the good work/reports...
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« Reply #13 on: April 22, 2016, 02:35:11 PM »

Excellent work. Perseverance pays off.
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« Reply #14 on: April 22, 2016, 05:21:18 PM »

Nice. How does that rank for what you have done yrs past down there during april? thanks
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« Reply #15 on: April 23, 2016, 08:17:17 AM »

Here they come north. Great news. Thanks for reporting.
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« Reply #16 on: April 23, 2016, 08:38:34 AM »

I remember the very first time I handlined, off the rocks at sandy point, I was just a litttle feller!

I handlined for many years, they I learned how to turn a wrench and fabricate!

My hand lining career then turned into 1200' and 20 traps off an 14' 1984 sears gamefisher, 1988 8 hp evinrude and a homemade trailer! All running to this day and the boat, motor and trailer I scrounged up for free or traded for!

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« Reply #17 on: April 23, 2016, 10:49:54 AM »

Nice. How does that rank for what you have done yrs past down there during april? thanks


With the mild winter and warm spring the first crabbing trip of the year is about a month ahead of most of my usual catch. I usually dont start crabbing until mid May when I will catch around 3 dozen. Most of the crabs barely made the legal size. I think the largest one was about 6 inches maybe not even that. But all where full of meat. They all tasted great. I might go out again in 2 weeks my next free weekend.
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« Reply #18 on: April 23, 2016, 06:29:54 PM »

Good job nice catch things might just look up again this season. Thanks for the report
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« Reply #19 on: April 24, 2016, 07:15:56 PM »

Let the fun begin. Guess I will have to visit relatives in Cambridge very, very soon.
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