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« on: November 03, 2017, 05:17:49 PM »

 Seven months to the day I embarked on my first of many epic journeys to catch the great blue crab. On that April 3rd morning the outside temperature was around 50 degrees with the water temperature at around 53 degrees when I launched. Fast forward seven months and the outside temp when I launched my kayak was about 55 and my best guess of the water temp would be around 65. The water felt great to me as I waded knee deep in it loading up my gear.
  Today I set sail down at Dames at 0635 and leisurely paddled to my staging area. I decided to go out just a little further past the second dam and hit the back canal. I arrived where I wanted to set up at 0715 and started to bait up the 30 rings. I really took my time doing this and double checked my lines and floats as I baited up. I had the first ring set at 0806. It was a little slow to start and after my first pass up and back I only had four keepers. I thought that it was going to be a long slow grind kind of day. That exactly wasn't the case. By 0930 I was up to around 30 decent keepers. I moved the rings around and even put some in the open area in front of the dam. DNR had both the dam gates open today and during the low tide water was flowing mightily out of the marsh. I caught very little out of the open area. I had to give the rings in the canal a longer soak time in order to catch on a consistent basis. I averaged about six keepers per run. My best pass up and back through my set line I had 17 keepers.
   I pulled the last ring in at 1135 and had a total of 67 keepers that ranged from 5.5 inches up to about 7.5 inches. There were more smaller ones today, but  most of them were nice mudders. I had about a dozen really nice 7 + inch beasts also.  Surprisingly, there were still a lot of light ones in the bunch and I tried to put as many of them back as I could. I was in depths from approximately 2- 5 ft and at times could see the crabs in the rings before I even pulled them in. I will be taking next week off to travel to Virginia to golf for four days. Hopefully the weather and water will still be decent enough to get out two more times on the 13th and 17th. I'm thinking the 17th will officially be my last try for the year. I need to get my golf game back to where it should be. Pics to follow. Take care everyone.







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« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2017, 05:34:33 PM »

   
  ADAM :

 I am allway's amazed at your great crabbing adventures and the
pictures that you post are the best. Thank you so much for the
fine reports that you post on this great Forum, I always look
forward to them. Keep it up and let me know how close you are
to that magic number. PLEASE P M  Me.

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« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2017, 05:49:31 PM »

The moon over the marsh at 0618
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« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2017, 05:53:04 PM »

Some remnants of fog at about 0710
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« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2017, 05:54:10 PM »

One time through the set line
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« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2017, 06:18:14 PM »

Nice, glad you did well. November crab eating is really special, especially if you caught them yourself.
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« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2017, 06:29:08 PM »

Nice job.  Thanks for the pics and reports.  Man I keep thinking of them 7" monsters cracking on my table.
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« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2017, 07:18:45 PM »

Can't catch crabs on the Golf course. I went to Corbin city last Sat and didn't do anything. As I was leaving the tide changed and the young fellow next to me started catching some nice 7 inchers. To bad I had put everything in my car to go to Ocean City to have Pizza.That was a winner. Keep in touch  Ken
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« Reply #8 on: November 03, 2017, 07:27:44 PM »

Got some picking to do tomorrow
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« Reply #9 on: November 03, 2017, 11:17:34 PM »

arti0972, Very nice report and pictures.You do have a lot of picking to do.LOL  Where is Dames?
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« Reply #10 on: November 04, 2017, 12:33:49 AM »

Dames is down by Deal Island.
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« Reply #11 on: November 04, 2017, 11:27:54 AM »

WTG good job
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« Reply #12 on: November 04, 2017, 12:01:13 PM »

Another great report Adam. Way to go.
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Nice going they look really sweet!










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« Reply #14 on: November 05, 2017, 09:11:29 AM »

Awesome report and pictures Adam, as always  2thumbsup
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« Reply #15 on: November 06, 2017, 08:33:32 AM »

Really nice report. Kind of makes me want to try one more time but the rut is calling. It's supposed to be pretty cold Friday and Saturday so I'm pretty sure my crabbing season is over. Good looking batch of crabs.
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« Reply #16 on: November 06, 2017, 09:40:13 AM »

Nice job Adam.  Looks delicious
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