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Schinz1068
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« on: July 05, 2017, 02:30:40 PM »

I need some serious help either knowing what I am doing wrong or telling me that my catches are "normal," which I don't think so.  A couple nights ago I baited a Large Chesapeake Bay trap, 4 funnels, with frozen Bunker fish, slashed to allow the inside to ooze out, along with a can of sardines with small holes poked to allow the juices to slowly ooze out.  I also HUNG a whole bunker fish inside the trap with cuts in it for attraction effect.  I placed the trap on a Rt. 30 Bridge outside of Atlantic City about an hour after low tide around 10 PM so that it could fish the incoming tide.  I arrived at 4:30 AM the next morning with 7 ring traps baited with chicken legs and bunker fish.  The Large trap that soaked all night had a grand total of one crab in it and in 6 HOURS!!!! of crabbing I caught a  total of 10 keepers including the one in the Bay trap.  I know ocean temps. off AC have been very cold for this time of year but could someone tell me if I am doing anything wrong?  Should I NOT expect a better result from one of these bridges?  Thanks, so much, for any responses from you veterans out there on what I may be doing wrong or should do better!!    Rick
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« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2017, 04:07:36 PM »

What did the bait look like when you pulled the trap in the a.m.?
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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.
If I doesn't fall down, I'll 'ave anudder.
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« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2017, 04:29:29 PM »

The hanging bait was all chewed up but I assumed it was from the one crab in the trap, the bait in the bait holder still looked good.
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« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2017, 05:13:44 PM »

Can't speak for NJ as far as knowing how the crabbing is, but I think a lot of people are going to be disappointed this year with their results.
I doubt that you are doing anything wrong, the crabs just aren't there. It's turning into another one of those years when the crabs are very spotty.
If you hit the hot spot you're good to go, if you don't your day sucks!
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« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2017, 09:59:44 PM »

The hanging bait was all chewed up but I assumed it was from the one crab in the trap, the bait in the bait holder still looked good.

Just asked because I have dropped pots in Barnegat and it's clear that someone pillaged them the night before I pulled them.  Bait either gone or massacred, so clearly plenty of activity, but no crabs.  My first thought after reading your post was, "someone showed up at 4:15".  Cynical, but,....
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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.
If I doesn't fall down, I'll 'ave anudder.

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