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« on: August 11, 2017, 02:19:40 PM »

I had a thought after reading some posts on here. Some people are more than willing to share knowledge about crabbing others are not. My idea is for everyone to give just one piece of knowledge they have learned to help a newbie get started. I see a lot of people asking for information on here all the time. Maybe a moderator could compile all the information into one document that they could go to and read to gain knowledge. I know a lot of people will say this will cause more people to crab or they will take my spot but we have all learned from someone or by trial and error.
As an example: It could be " the 5 gallon bucket over the opposite side to slow your boat down" trick if you don't want to give to much info out.

What are your thoughts on it?  Good or Bad??

My contribution is: When you get to where you are going to crab and see a boat already set out before you, stop your boat and watch them run theirs first so you don't set out too close or worse set over them. This will only make enemies.

Lets keep it positive- none of the "stay away from my equipment" as a contribution.

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« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2017, 02:57:35 PM »

Go to the MD DNR website and read what the regulations are concerning crabbing in MD. If still interested, get the appropriate crab license.  Step 1
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« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2017, 03:35:12 PM »

if you run a trotline; after sun up run your line so that you or the boat does not cast a shadow onto your line and the crabs coming up ,it can make a big differance.
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« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2017, 07:44:12 PM »

The higher the sun the deeper the line should come up to prevent crabs from dropping off.
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« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2017, 09:10:28 PM »

dont fight the wind, go with it
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« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2017, 05:57:01 PM »

Invest in a depth finder.  It can help you find the "right" depth to find crab and can also help you locate bottom features that make natural funnels to put crabs in your basket
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« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2017, 08:05:45 PM »

There are no crabs in VA.      Grin
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« Reply #7 on: August 13, 2017, 01:06:46 PM »

if you run a trotline; after sun up run your line so that you or the boat does not cast a shadow onto your line and the crabs coming up ,it can make a big differance.

Two schools of thought on that, the other being that the crabs are coming up facing you, and if the Sun is at your back, it is a glaring red hot orb shining into the lidless eyestalks of the crab, getting brighter as they near the surface. I can wear sunglasses, the crabs cant. Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: August 13, 2017, 01:27:43 PM »

The higher the sun the deeper the line should come up to prevent crabs from dropping off.

Meaning...  lower your prop stick so it's closer to the water? 
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« Reply #9 on: August 13, 2017, 01:32:54 PM »

Two schools of thought on that, the other being that the crabs are coming up facing you, and if the Sun is at your back, it is a glaring red hot orb shining into the lidless eyestalks of the crab, getting brighter as they near the surface. I can wear sunglasses, the crabs cant. Smiley

Interesting take.  I've only heard of the opposite but with a high sun this sorta makes sense.
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« Reply #10 on: August 14, 2017, 08:05:00 AM »

Meaning...  lower your prop stick so it's closer to the water? 

slacken your line.  I always have my prop stick just touching the water but I crab alone and I want my line breaking the water right where I'm standing/steering
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« Reply #11 on: August 14, 2017, 08:12:42 AM »

Thank you Crabbyd
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« Reply #12 on: August 14, 2017, 08:30:11 AM »

Thank you Crabbyd

welcome.
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« Reply #13 on: August 15, 2017, 07:35:48 AM »

Two schools of thought on that, the other being that the crabs are coming up facing you, and if the Sun is at your back, it is a glaring red hot orb shining into the lidless eyestalks of the crab, getting brighter as they near the surface. I can wear sunglasses, the crabs cant. Smiley
Crab Cruncher. your over thinking the whole thing, i've watched crabs take off as soon as the shadow touches them, they think it's a preditor and flee.
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« Reply #14 on: August 15, 2017, 03:55:35 PM »

yep, the shadow will spookem even when with their back turned
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« Reply #15 on: August 15, 2017, 05:53:33 PM »

There is no better way for beginners  to learn then getting out there and crab. . Some ideas should work and some may not. Many became good crabbers by using common sense and actually crabbing. It's a learning process. Some are quick learners. Different ways to handle weather conditions, sun conditions, type of bait and what type of boat you use.  Just to name a few.

 Reading a forum with ideas is okay, but those ideas only will work when put to use on the water crabbing.
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« Reply #16 on: August 16, 2017, 06:27:17 PM »

Crab Cruncher. your over thinking the whole thing, i've watched crabs take off as soon as the shadow touches them, they think it's a preditor and flee.

Try running your line both directions, without causing your boat to cast a shadow either way, than get back to me.
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« Reply #17 on: August 16, 2017, 10:16:26 PM »

Lay a line with snoods,I believe I've had fewer drop offs as most of the time they are hanging on the bait and not the main line. Tying on is OK if you like ,but try snoods of different length and compare. I like an eight inch drop once tied to the line, the crabs don't get yanked off the bottom with a snood they get dragged up more gently.
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« Reply #18 on: August 17, 2017, 03:29:52 PM »

Sorry Captain13 I don't want to jack your post but I want to learn something also. What is a snood and how is it made. I'm from south Louisiana and I have never heard of that word before. We must call it something else. Thanks
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« Reply #19 on: August 17, 2017, 05:13:06 PM »

Sorry Captain13 I don't want to jack your post but I want to learn something also. What is a snood and how is it made. I'm from south Louisiana and I have never heard of that word before. We must call it something else. Thanks
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