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« on: October 22, 2017, 06:43:55 PM »

 Saw a poster say rockfish catch crabs, so I tried it out.  Went to my usual spot first, made 2 runs on my 9 perfectionist rings. Didn't see a crab.

Moved out to a point  close to the creek, tried 2 depths(8' and 10'), didn't catch a thing. Made 2 passes each depth.

Moved out to another spot in 10' -13' of water.  Finally caught 8 crabs and that was it. Started at 9:30 and finished at 12:15.  So crabs do eat rockfish. I watched 2 other crabbers and they did about what I was doing.

 I like the rings, easy to store, easy to bait and unbait. Neat sight seeing the crab in the ring in clear water. I bet my back is a little sore tomorrow, LOL.
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« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2017, 06:49:48 PM »

Good try. To bad you did not get on the crabs earlier.
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« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2017, 07:02:31 PM »

That was a good try. You'll get used to those rings. Some of the older Alario Bros rings that I still use tend to get quite heavy. I definitely feel the difference using them. But I'm used to it. Better luck the next time if you choose to get back out there.
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« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2017, 08:35:07 AM »

At least you got some crabs for your hard work.
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« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2017, 04:54:45 PM »

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« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2017, 05:48:40 AM »

Saw a poster say rockfish catch crabs, so I tried it out.  Went to my usual spot first, made 2 runs on my 9 perfectionist rings. Didn't see a crab.

Moved out to a point  close to the creek, tried 2 depths(8' and 10'), didn't catch a thing. Made 2 passes each depth.

Moved out to another spot in 10' -13' of water.  Finally caught 8 crabs and that was it. Started at 9:30 and finished at 12:15.  So crabs do eat rockfish. I watched 2 other crabbers and they did about what I was doing.

 I like the rings, easy to store, easy to bait and unbait. Neat sight seeing the crab in the ring in clear water. I bet my back is a little sore tomorrow, LOL.

Since you can't cut rockfish up on the water it's gotta be heavy pulling in a ring with a 20" fish in it.  Guess you could only use rockfish in 2 traps though.    Wink Wink   
8 crabs is plenty if they're big and heavy.  Wife gets to eat next time, LOL.
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« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2017, 07:24:19 AM »

Is it legal to use rockfish for crab bait?
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« Reply #7 on: October 26, 2017, 08:19:40 AM »

Since you can't cut rockfish up on the water it's gotta be heavy pulling in a ring with a 20" fish in it.  Guess you could only use rockfish in 2 traps though.    Wink Wink   
8 crabs is plenty if they're big and heavy.  Wife gets to eat next time, LOL.




 Took a small hatchet and cutting board out with me. I'm thinking the pieces were too big, maybe I should have cut smaller pieces.  I did put the head in one ring, your right, it was heavy.
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« Reply #8 on: October 26, 2017, 08:22:26 AM »

Is it legal to use rockfish for crab bait?






 Don't know, but I used them since I caught them the day before. Can't imagine the State of MD cares what happens to the carcasses.  It was a bloody mess on the boat cutting them up with a hatchet. .
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« Reply #9 on: October 26, 2017, 09:54:58 AM »

It is Illegal:

To possess any cut up or filleted striped bass at any time aboard any boat on the tidal waters of Maryland. Striped bass must be landed whole.
To use more than 2 hooks or 2 sets of hooks for each rod or line. Artificial lures or plugs with multiple hooks are considered 1 set of hooks.
To use eels as bait while fishing for striped bass with hook and line from Dec. 16 through May 15, inclusive, in the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries.
To cull striped bass.
To possess striped bass while fishing in the Chesapeake Bay or its tidal tributaries from 12 a.m. to 5 a.m.
To use a gaff to land striped bass.
To take or shoot striped bass with a spear gun and spear in the tidal waters of the state.
To fish for striped bass by any means or practice catch-and-release of striped bass in designated spawning areas from March 1 through May 31.
To intentionally snag a striped bass.
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« Reply #10 on: October 26, 2017, 10:04:25 AM »

I agree with Evinrude... using carcasses from yesterday should be okay... but from a legal perspective, How can a DNR officer tell what day they were caught?

To intentionally snag a striped bass.

Always thought that one was totally ridiculous...    How you supposed to prevent snagging any fish when using a lure, especially with a treble hook?
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« Reply #11 on: October 26, 2017, 11:23:47 AM »

 it use to be a real problem at the bay bridge with people who would use weighted large treble hooks to snag rochfish.
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« Reply #12 on: October 26, 2017, 02:55:18 PM »

It is Illegal:

To possess any cut up or filleted striped bass at any time aboard any boat on the tidal waters of Maryland. Striped bass must be landed whole.
To use more than 2 hooks or 2 sets of hooks for each rod or line. Artificial lures or plugs with multiple hooks are considered 1 set of hooks.
To use eels as bait while fishing for striped bass with hook and line from Dec. 16 through May 15, inclusive, in the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries.
To cull striped bass.
To possess striped bass while fishing in the Chesapeake Bay or its tidal tributaries from 12 a.m. to 5 a.m.
To use a gaff to land striped bass.
To take or shoot striped bass with a spear gun and spear in the tidal waters of the state.
To fish for striped bass by any means or practice catch-and-release of striped bass in designated spawning areas from March 1 through May 31.
To intentionally snag a striped bass.





Common sense is an awesome power. No fishing gear on boat, using crab traps, yea, I'm pretty sure the NRP would not have a problem. Love the quote" Striped bass must be landed whole". Guess you can't have a partial fish on the hook, LOL. Though some old timers told stories of landing only the head of a rockfish by the bay bridge.

 Maybe I'll ask a DNR person when I see one.
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« Reply #13 on: October 26, 2017, 08:30:30 PM »

I agree with Evinrude... using carcasses from yesterday should be okay... but from a legal perspective, How can a DNR officer tell what day they were caught?

Always thought that one was totally ridiculous...    How you supposed to prevent snagging any fish when using a lure, especially with a treble hook?



 Has any DNR persons ever ask what you are using for bait? Not that I know of. That would be interesting if the DNR started checking bait we use for crabbing.
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