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« on: August 27, 2017, 12:47:32 PM »

Hello all,

I'm new here and have never tried clam bags. I watched a couple commercial crabbers re-baiting their lines and it looked like a long tedious process. I'm curious how long it really takes to do. I looked over the past messages and only found these 2 answers...

   I know a commercial crabber that spends 2 hrs. with a total of 3 people to clam bag 2800 ft.

   Being curious like most crabbers, I tried clam bags. I find the extra time and work involved just isn't worth it to me. I catch enough with chicken necks straight lined . For me, the extra time and work involved in clam bagging takes the fun out of wanting to go crabbing a few times a week.If you catch more, need more and don't mind spending the extra time and work, go for it.


   Please tell me how long it takes? Thanks in advance!
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« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2017, 01:43:39 PM »

It is def more intensive then necks. Figure 2.5 times more. Depending of you have help
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« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2017, 03:29:17 PM »

Thank you very much shedking! Anybody else have an answer please?
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« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2017, 08:55:56 PM »

Takes me and one other guy about 2hrs to bait 5000 ft
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« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2017, 09:41:33 PM »

Thank you Crab U Later. Wow. That sounds like a royal pain.
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« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2017, 07:19:01 AM »

 My wife and me bait 3800 ft every Thursday evening, we both bait bags till we have enough to bait 1 of the 3 lines i use then she keeps baiting bags and i bait line, takes about 2  to 2 1/2 hrs.
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« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2017, 07:48:53 AM »

Thank you rdbeard. Great info. Things sure have changed since I crabbed in the 80's. I used to re-bait 2,000 ft. w/ necks by myself on the way back to the the docks.
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« Reply #7 on: August 28, 2017, 08:30:24 AM »

All depends how far apart you are putting your baits.
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« Reply #8 on: August 28, 2017, 09:58:04 AM »

i bait every 12 ft, saves $$ on clams. I do run a dipper now so i could bait every 6 ft. but it would cost me 80.00$ to bait instead of 40.00 to bait.
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« Reply #9 on: August 29, 2017, 11:38:53 AM »

I use a dipper and tried every 5 feet but the line shook like samhill. I will never do that again.
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« Reply #10 on: September 02, 2017, 09:54:03 PM »

I run 1200 ft. Bags every 5 feet takes hour and half with my son helping it's definitely more work but the difference is well worth it
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« Reply #11 on: September 03, 2017, 01:59:05 PM »

I'm in the rdbeard camp. Run 2000' with 6' spacing, every snood with chicken takes about 1.5hrs, every other snood with clams takes the same time with filling clam bags. Usually get a helper which means I can knock out the whole thing in under an hr
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« Reply #12 on: April 14, 2018, 06:32:01 PM »

Hello all,

I have finally found a solution to spending hours re-baiting bait bags. SnapBait clips. They attach to your existing bags in about 1 minute each and forever change re-baiting time from hours to minutes. Re-Bait 100' trotline in 1 minute (10 bags)...1,200' in 12 minutes. Please visit SnapBait.com or Merchandise For Sale below for info/videos. Have a great 2018 crabbing season!  Thanks  Old Chikkenneckker
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« Reply #13 on: April 14, 2018, 08:16:11 PM »

Guys

I use #32 rubber bands on my clam bags to bait.

Attach the clam bag to the snood by the closed end (hog ring end) and use the rubber band to close the open end. Never have to take the bag off the line.

The crabs don't bother the rubber band and I have reused the rubber band multiple times before I have to replace it.

A lot faster.
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« Reply #14 on: April 14, 2018, 09:19:31 PM »

Hello reds,
  I was over at rdbeards house today and he mentioned you doing that.
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« Reply #15 on: April 14, 2018, 09:23:47 PM »

Reds.
Thatís sounds like a great idea. I might give that a try.
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« Reply #16 on: May 06, 2018, 04:44:51 PM »

Guys

I use #32 rubber bands on my clam bags to bait.

Attach the clam bag to the snood by the closed end (hog ring end) and use the rubber band to close the open end. Never have to take the bag off the line.

The crabs don't bother the rubber band and I have reused the rubber band multiple times before I have to replace it.

A lot faster.
That's Genius . Goes to show ya.Ya gotta be smarter than the clam bag
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« Reply #17 on: May 07, 2018, 10:05:37 AM »

Reds , Might be a dumb question but were do you get your rubber bands ??
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« Reply #18 on: May 07, 2018, 12:07:43 PM »

Reds , Might be a dumb question but were do you get your rubber bands ??

Usually an office supply store. Staples or Office Depot. #32 bands
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