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« on: February 06, 2017, 09:42:59 PM »

For the last couple of weeks, it has been too cold, or too raining, or too windy, or too busy for a crabbing trip. Sunday was different. BJFish and I were finally able to get out on Super Bowl Sunday and catch a few crabs. 

We got a late start because of rain in the area.  When it looked like the rain would pass us by (or at least my area, it stormed at BJFish's house) we decided to give it a try.  We baited up two lines with chicken necks and a few chicken feet.  Yes, chicken feet.  The local Walmart had them real cheap and I decided to give them a try. 

We hit the boat launch at 11:00 am and with two rookie crabbers set out to try our luck.  We motored down the canal and deployed the lines, one in the main canal and the second in a smaller side canal.  We ran the lines for the first run at 11:30 and caught a decent dozen crabs.  The crabs in the main canal were bigger than the side canal.  The rookie crabbers would not help us scoop the crabs, but did help to sort them.

Things slowed down after the first run, but we were enjoying the warm sunshiny day. I had to get back to the house to prepare food for a super bowl party so we started pulling the lines in at 1:00 p.m.  We ended up just short of a half a bushel of varied sized crabs.  Some were rusty, some were light. 

Oh, and forget chicken feet as bait, none were touched.

We did find a rare male crab with orange claws.  Not sure of his orientation?!?


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« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2017, 10:05:46 PM »

A quick added note, The Super Bowl did have an effect on our crabbing trip.

I watched the news Sunday morning and was shocked to learn that the Department of Homeland Security had banned drones from flying within 34 miles of NRG stadium.  Out of fear of not being able to film our crabbing adventure from the drone, I quickly went to Google Maps and found that NRG Stadium is only 27 miles from my house as the drone flys.  Next, I measured the distance to the boat launch and found that it was only 33 miles. Finally, I measured the distance to the location we planned to run the trot lines and was relieved to see that it was 36 miles from NRG.  Great, I would be able to video the crabbing trip from the drone.  It was only then that I remembered that I don't own a drone.  Maybe next year.

Another problem brought about by the notoriety of the super bowl is the wide variety of protesters that come in from across the nation and around the world.  Most of the protesters were found downtown or near NRG stadium.  I was shocked to find a group had made it all the way to Santa Fe, my hometown.  As we were packing the boat several protesters from Chickens Against Chickenneckers Amalgamated or CaCa for short showed up in my yard marching with signs.  I confronted the leader, Red Rooster, and explained to him that he was on private property and if he failed to leave I may be having fried chicken for dinner.  I guess that they got the message because when we returned from crabbing the protesters were gone. 

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« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2017, 11:10:44 PM »

good job , enjoy em
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« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2017, 12:33:03 AM »

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« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2017, 07:37:36 AM »

Nice report and photos. Glad to see all of you had a good  February crabbing trip.

Thanks for sharing your report and taking the time to post your photos.
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« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2017, 08:03:49 AM »

 laugh laugh laugh laugh  Good stuff!
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Oh, de crab, he taste so fine.
Yuh catch 'um wid a neck an' a line.
Bile de water 'til 'e good 'n hot.
Den eat de crab strait from 'de pot.

Oh, de beer, he taste so chilly.
Drinks it 'til I gets too silly.
Washin' down 'de crab an' butter.
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« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2017, 08:50:00 AM »

Jealous......  Smiley

Great job!
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« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2017, 09:16:36 AM »

Loved the entire report and commentary.  laugh laugh laugh laugh Great job.
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« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2017, 09:38:16 AM »

Great report! Good to see you getting a 1/2 bushel in February!!!

I heard about those CaCa protesters - The males have been known to fight and are dangerous!!!!!! laugh laugh laugh laugh laugh
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« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2017, 11:08:22 AM »

Thanks for another great report.  Now we know that not every orange claw crab is female.  The CACA stuff is very funny.
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« Reply #10 on: February 07, 2017, 11:30:17 AM »

Thanks for the report and that is a real interesting bi crab you have there!
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« Reply #11 on: February 07, 2017, 12:28:28 PM »

  Crabbing in February, how great that must be. MD won't ever see that happen , even though it has been in the 60's the last several days. CACA is too funny, LOL.
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« Reply #12 on: February 08, 2017, 12:05:24 PM »

Nice report! It's good to see you catching crab in Feb.! I've tried in recent weeks but no luck, then again I don't have a boat to get ideal places. Have to wait until the weather really warmed up
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« Reply #13 on: February 10, 2017, 06:37:51 AM »

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« Reply #14 on: March 02, 2017, 02:56:48 PM »

Good to see you're catching enough for a steamed crab feast. The chicken necks for bait protest is a useless cause. Chickens are mainly killed for human consumption  and the necks will be used for something else regardless. Using and harvesting bunker or clams to extreme have their down falls. They are both filter feeders and are needed to filter toxins and harm full algae blooms. I believe we're actually better off using the chicken necks and leaving the filter feeders to do their job by helping clean up the water.
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« Reply #15 on: March 09, 2017, 09:32:22 AM »

Getting any crabbing in or is the weather still iffy?
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« Reply #16 on: March 09, 2017, 06:16:44 PM »

Between Mardi Gras and the weather, I have not gotten out on the water.  Maybe after spring break next week. 
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