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« on: October 23, 2017, 07:51:52 AM »

Last trip of the 2017 season for sure. Crabbed 3800 ft of clams from 8 am till about 2:30 pm in depths from 5.5 ft to 14 ft, 12 to 13 seemed to be the best as it was, ended with 45 nice bricks that were a mix of 1s and 2s.  2017 was a decent year for me but no where near as good as 2016. With the numbers DNR is giving crabs at the beginning of this season next year could be a disaster for crabbers, both  comm and rec. Even if we have a good spawn this spring those crabs won't be harvest size till the end of the season at best.
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« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2017, 08:02:44 AM »

Thanks for the report!!!! I didnt make it to stoney creek one time this year. How did your season go ? Didnt you go to auto dipper this year? I did also ,was a learning expirance for sure ,how did you make out with your set up?
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« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2017, 09:21:45 AM »

After about a month or so i got used to the approch angle  so that i didn't dip the float, which i did dip my floats about 15 to 20 times. The dipper is working good and my best run over the 4 th july weekend was 81 keepers on 1 pass of a 1500 ft line with clams .The bag had to have close to 100 crbas in it because it was 81 keepers and we had some shorts. The bag was so full my mate which is my son had a real hard time getting the bag up and out of the dipper to dump in the sorting box, a good problem to have. Again the season was good till aug. then went down hill from there.
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« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2017, 09:44:18 AM »

Wow !! That July 4th trip sounded like a blast. Never got close to that in one pass best I think was 25 with 15 keepers. This was the first year for me with this boat and dipper crabbed just about every where but stoney . Went there my very first crabbin trip late last year in a old 14' v bottom boat and I was hooked. Over the winter got 21' carolina skiff and auto dipper and fabed up a line winder been a lot of work but we did ok. Maybe will meet up next season .
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« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2017, 11:44:01 AM »

 I live just 1/2 block from my community ramp which is just inside the mouth of stoney creek and i crabbed sat and sun from memorial day to the middle of aug. then took a week off due to slow crabbin. 4th july i crabbed 3 days for 12 bu. which is a good weekend to me. I don't crab in stoney much but mostly out on the river.
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« Reply #5 on: October 23, 2017, 06:23:01 PM »

no the feeling crabbed the same river saturday & had 3/4 of #1's in 5 hrs. doesn't look good for next year. last year this time was getting close 100 a run. done for the year
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« Reply #6 on: October 24, 2017, 07:30:57 AM »

Last year on the same date 10/21/16 it was a friday and i took off work and went because weather for sat said a big blow was coming and we caught 6 bu in 4 hrs. mostly all 1s.
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« Reply #7 on: October 24, 2017, 12:11:11 PM »

I think it is slowing down quicker this year than usual, I was out last year till Nov. and doing well. Last week went out only had 8 crabs. Water is clearing up quicker as well could see bottom in 4-5 feet.
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« Reply #8 on: October 24, 2017, 01:45:26 PM »

less than stellar fall run thats for sure
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« Reply #9 on: October 24, 2017, 04:45:38 PM »

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« Reply #10 on: April 12, 2018, 01:28:45 PM »

Last trip of the 2017 season for sure. Crabbed 3800 ft of clams from 8 am till about 2:30 pm in depths from 5.5 ft to 14 ft, 12 to 13 seemed to be the best as it was, ended with 45 nice bricks that were a mix of 1s and 2s.  2017 was a decent year for me but no where near as good as 2016. With the numbers DNR is giving crabs at the beginning of this season next year could be a disaster for crabbers, both  comm and rec. Even if we have a good spawn this spring those crabs won't be harvest size till the end of the season at best.
If only 4th of July came every week. Better luck next year . It's hard for me to believe I used to catch 8 bushels a day on 1500 ft. of chicken necks. Had to cut it down from 2200 ft. because by the time you ran it again the bait was eaten up.
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« Reply #11 on: April 23, 2018, 04:43:20 PM »

Last trip of the 2017 season for sure. Crabbed 3800 ft of clams from 8 am till about 2:30 pm in depths from 5.5 ft to 14 ft, 12 to 13 seemed to be the best as it was, ended with 45 nice bricks that were a mix of 1s and 2s.  2017 was a decent year for me but no where near as good as 2016. With the numbers DNR is giving crabs at the beginning of this season next year could be a disaster for crabbers, both  comm and rec. Even if we have a good spawn this spring those crabs won't be harvest size till the end of the season at best.
Agreed. Almost afraid to see the winter dredge survey results. I'm comm out of Broomes Isle btw. 
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