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Author Topic: Ya gotta watch this video Capt. Ron Hopedale La 10-24-17  (Read 3752 times)
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« Reply #20 on: October 31, 2017, 09:35:23 PM »

holy moly that was insane!  doesn't your arm ever get tired?  LMAO!!!

I think I saw one crab get by you.   laugh

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« Reply #21 on: November 04, 2017, 11:03:35 AM »

So Ron, what would it cost me to get a comm lic. there were your at? Looks like a good place to retire and make extra cash doin what i love to do. I can't imagine runnin 3800 ft with that kind of action. What happened to your home build auto dipper? I run a 24 ft boat with auto dipper and line puller to reduce labor. PS it was great to meet you at the wye party this year.

Because my boat is only 19' I have to use a large drift anchor to keep the boat straight while running the line.  I still have the auto dipper but I'm afraid with that many crabs in the webbing I'm sure it will create a lot of drag and cause the boat to pull.  Now I could drag another bucket to counter the drag but I'm having fun dipping. laugh laugh

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« Reply #22 on: November 11, 2017, 08:18:29 PM »

You need a lanyard on that net. Good job and fast reflex and reaction time.
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« Reply #23 on: November 11, 2017, 08:24:55 PM »

Not bad for an old man laugh
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« Reply #24 on: November 14, 2017, 11:58:24 AM »

Not bad for an old man laugh
    Not at all.
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« Reply #25 on: November 14, 2017, 12:43:44 PM »

Ronnie, you da man!   2thumbsup
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« Reply #26 on: November 14, 2017, 02:03:02 PM »

Awesome video Ronnie.

Were you crabbing in a crab farm?  Smiley
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« Reply #27 on: November 23, 2017, 07:05:40 AM »

Looked like about 65 crabs on one run 600 ft. It doesn't get much better than that. Your Water temp in Hopedale will go down in to lower 60s next week . You might have to set out some crab pots soon. What kind of outboard is that?
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« Reply #28 on: November 23, 2017, 12:55:35 PM »

 Gator tail.  Its a surface drive.  Air cool.  35 HP briggs/vanguard

Very hard to stop that engine.  Its made for shallow water and underwater debris.  Goes over stumps, down trees, anything.  That's why we use it for crawfishing. 
Watch their video.

Son wants to go crabbing Saturday.  I guess I'll give it one more try.  Last week had to work hard for 180 pounds.

That run was the third run before we took the video.     WE dropped the first 600' and turned around and ran it to see if there were any crabs.  I was scooping crabs left and right.  I think we counted 12 crabs on 15 necks!  Should have see that run.  Then we dropped the second 600'.  Turned around and ran 1200'.  Ended up with 40 pounds/bushel.  Ran the 1200' feet again.  That's when decided to take the video.  I've never seen anything like that myself. 

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« Reply #29 on: November 27, 2017, 11:08:20 AM »

Any luck did you go? What was the water temp ? I agree about the auto ( patent dipper) They were invented in the 1920s when there were so many crabs that long trot liners were catching 40bu. a day and it wore them out trying to dip them all . It takes all the fun and sport out of "troutlining"
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« Reply #30 on: December 02, 2017, 02:40:36 PM »

I guess it's over in La for troutlining too.
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« Reply #31 on: December 02, 2017, 02:52:50 PM »

No not yet. laugh laugh  I might make a trip close to the gulf.  More of a scouting expedition.   Trot line, fishing pole and shotgun.   shotgun Huh Huh Huh
Rabbit season is open. Grin

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« Reply #32 on: December 17, 2017, 10:01:06 AM »

Great video!Those crabs were coming at you fast and furious!
Ronnie what is your average sized crab right now?
It seems like our bigger ones here on the east coast of Florida are in the mud and only the smalls ones are available.
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« Reply #33 on: December 18, 2017, 06:50:24 PM »

Anywhere from 8" to very small.  Water temps are only in the 60's so the males haven't buried yet.  Shedding crabs have shut down for the winter.  Plenty females closer to the gulf.  Right now no market.  Its Christmas time.  Beginning January everyone will be wanting crawfish.  Crawfish ponds won't start putting their traps out till duck season is over.  I won't start dropping traps till March.
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« Reply #34 on: December 18, 2017, 09:33:15 PM »

sir, how are the catch rates now that the Horizon spill has passed away ? Do you feel that the crabs are recovering now?
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« Reply #35 on: December 19, 2017, 10:06:03 AM »

Thanks for the reply Ron!
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« Reply #36 on: December 20, 2017, 03:53:34 PM »

sir, how are the catch rates now that the Horizon spill has passed away ? Do you feel that the crabs are recovering now?

NO.  Catches are way down.  Several reasons all at once.  But loosing 2 generations of crabs didn't help any.  I haven't been by the hardest hit areas in a while.

Lets put it this way.  Dragging a 50' shrimp net all day will only net 6-8 crabs all day.  Some days more but that will give you and idea how bad its have gotten.

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