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« on: November 10, 2017, 02:31:57 PM »

Well made another trip today to my honey hole.  Another front has come threw overnight.  Hard falling tide with a crosswind made things difficult.  Crabs were in deeper water but couldn't lay the trotline like I wanted due to the falling tide.  Tried to lay the line with the wind but kept getting hung up on debris on the bottom.  Picked up and ended up laying with the tide and fought the crosswind. Crabs slowed down to 15-20 a run but still catching a few.  Water was very clear and the crabs were dropping off before I could scoop them.  To many to leave and not enough to stay.  After catching 2 grey lugs I finally decided to pick up the lines and go looking for a better spot.  Few here few there but nothing great.  So I decided to go back to my honey hole and drop the lines again.  Caught another grey lug before the crabs stopped biting. Still not a bad day.

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1200' trotline baited with necks and fish scraps
4'-8' water depth
Water temps in 70's
Air temp 60's  (cold) Grin
water very clear
hard falling tide
winds north 10-15 mph
Cloudy skies
190-200 pounds
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« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2017, 12:36:03 AM »

Great catch
It hit the 30* mark today in Jersey, enjoy those spring like conditions
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« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2017, 12:15:44 PM »

WOW great catch . I haven't tasted any crab this season  Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry
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« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2017, 08:07:06 PM »

That's a great catch Mr Ronnie. I had to laugh at the 60 degrees and cold. That's my kind of weather.
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« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2017, 08:19:06 PM »

Temps will rebound into the 70' this week.  Want to go hunting but I've got a head cold so I'll play golf instead. 
Ran out of necks and distributor was out too.  Should have some by Monday.  Probably make another trip Thursday or Friday
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« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2017, 08:36:30 PM »



Ron, since these cool fronts, I'm doing real good in shallow water (@3ft or less).  Lots of # 1's, anything over 8 ft, just factory crabs.
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« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2017, 03:17:44 AM »

Best report I've read in a long time. I haven't caught crabs like that on a trotline since the 70s.
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« Reply #7 on: December 26, 2017, 08:11:29 AM »

Ron when you make your  com. cages, do you place the unloader door on the top or side?
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« Reply #8 on: December 27, 2017, 09:35:56 AM »

on the front side.  I cut 3 mesh out and cut the door 4 mesh.  I bend 1 mesh over the top so the crabs can't push their way out.  It also makes the top of the trap stiffer.
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« Reply #9 on: December 27, 2017, 11:49:55 AM »

That's about what I thought from watching Cajun Commercial Crabbing videos on you tube. In the upper Chesapeake the doors are made on top . Either way they still have to be turned over to  refill the bait box . There's no way that I can think of to eliminate that step?
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« Reply #10 on: December 27, 2017, 03:23:28 PM »

Have you ever seen the video Craig made of me running my traps.  After empting the traps I leave it upside down.  And yes baiting is the last step before it returns to the water.  Let me see if I can find that video.
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