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« on: July 09, 2017, 09:15:28 AM »

Not my first crab ever - But I have never used hoops before and have undertaken the task of making a few to run a line, this was on my first trial pull of 5 nets I made and came home with 12 after an 2 hours of fishing from the bank, tossed back the sooks and anything under 6" Just a test run and very encouraging for sure, had about 5 scoot out due to the horizontal pull from the bank and I am sure these will work very nice from the boat... 
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« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2017, 10:18:29 AM »

Very nice crabs! Glad to hear your work was rewarded! Thanks for the report!
You appear to have bigger crabs down your way than we have in New Smyrna area!
I'll have to do some traveling to find better crabs!
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« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2017, 10:45:45 AM »

good job
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« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2017, 11:06:53 AM »

Very nice crabs! Glad to hear your work was rewarded! Thanks for the report!
You appear to have bigger crabs down your way than we have in New Smyrna area!
I'll have to do some traveling to find better crabs!

Get into the back coves and off the beaten path, I was out one evening last week just looking at what folks were doing and the size was mostly small to mediums and most folks were hand lining that female in the net in the picture was the best they were doing and she is about 6", everything in the other pic of cooked are 6.5 or larger, the 8" is the third back on the left so you can see they were all nice fat rusty jimmy's barnacles and all. So far everything I have read here about these nets is panning out, I had BIG crabs come up with bait still in their mouth looking at me as if to say - Do you mind I am trying to eat, All of the crabs I caught were over 5" and had a few doubles but some got out on the way in, fish on dropoffs and if possible next to a grass line or just outside of structure like rocks as I was, I was in about 6-9' of water.
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« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2017, 11:17:02 AM »

good job

Thank you Sir, I haven't knit a net in quite a while, probably not since the days back up in Jersey on the Barnegat Bay, and that was a good 20 years ago, I use to knit my own dip Nets, cast Nets and haul Seine nets for myself, my family and my friends, and two things are for sure - knitting a net is like riding a bicycle, and being able to put something on the table with something that you made with your own two hands gives a person a special kind of satisfaction like no other... Thank you again sir..
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« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2017, 06:15:57 AM »

Nice catch of crabs from the bank using hoop nets.

Thanks for sharing your report and photos.
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