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« on: October 29, 2017, 12:11:12 PM »

Left the ramp at 7:45AM, which was about an hour later than I wanted to head out. Decided to try close to the ramp in 9'-16' and got nothing after 2 runs. Pulled up and went to the same location as last Sunday where I got a half bushel. Another boat was in that area on both sides of the river, but they were in shallower water than I targeted and well out of the way. I dropped 7 box traps with clams and 19 Perfectionist ring nets (15 with clams and 4 with CN cut in half & chicken hearts cocktail). Had 9 rings in 10-12', 10 rings in 12-15' and 7 box traps in 14-17'.

I got 4 nice ones on the 1st run and again on the 2nd pass. Crabs were caught in all depths, but the rings in 12-15' were the most productive. I got them on some of the chicken too. After it slowed down a bit, I decided to head out towards the mouth to see what was out there and only got a dozen total at 2 spots in about the same depth and deeper. 16'-20' seemed to work further out. I decided to head back in to where I was catching them and they were still there in the 12-15' range. On my last pickup run the 2 trot line guys stopped by and they finished with a dozen and were not happy! Earlier in the day I gave them some clam bags and clams to help their cause and they were nice enough to return the bags to my truck!

I finished with just under 3/4 bushel. 5 were over or near 8", most were in the 6-7" range and culled at 5.5".  It was a lot of work and well worth it! Plan to go to the Wye one more time and will go south as the weather permits. Leaving the line at home the rest of the year and sticking with just traps and nets.
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« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2017, 04:23:37 PM »

Way to go, nice looking crabs too. Enjoy
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« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2017, 08:14:53 PM »

Nice job on the crabs. I might try to get out one more time as well this year.
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« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2017, 11:53:25 PM »

Nice catch John. It's nice to know there are still some crabs left in that spot I told you about. It's a little more work when you're by yourself moving around but at least you got to come home happy and with more than a dozen.
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« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2017, 12:07:56 AM »

WTG,very nice.
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« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2017, 07:16:25 AM »

Nice. I might give it another go tomorrow if the weather holds. Freezer is stocked so a few dozen works just fine.
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« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2017, 08:59:47 AM »

WTG
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« Reply #7 on: October 30, 2017, 09:44:25 AM »

Thanks Jim! That's been productive spot for me the last couple of years. I appreciate all of the pointers!

Hopefully you have some luck this week.
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« Reply #8 on: October 30, 2017, 11:55:49 AM »

good job
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« Reply #9 on: October 30, 2017, 06:41:17 PM »

Great pics  Thanks for posting  Enjoy 'em
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« Reply #10 on: November 02, 2017, 07:49:59 PM »

Congratulations on the success.  I went out on the 27th on the southern Potomac and tried lines and traps/rings.  We caught plenty on the line despite clear water and sunny conditions - very few drop offs.  My mate remarked, 'they're so hungry they're stupid".  It did seem indeed that they were so intent on eating that they weren't that wary.  Just an observation to share - I like running the line - traps are just more labor intensive for me.

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