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« on: November 14, 2017, 06:51:06 PM »

I decided to give it one more try even though the recent cold spell pretty much sealed the deal for everyone it seems. I made it down to Dames in the rain and 37 degree temperatures. I knew it wasn't going to be good when I saw a mass fish kill of the resident needlefish. I donned on a layer of polypro from head to toe and my drysuit and decided to go paddling around and maybe set 5 rings just to confirm my suspicions. At approximately o720 I began to set the 5 rings. I paddled around looking at all the dead fish in the water and saw that none of them had even been picked at or even partially eaten. This pretty much told me that there wasn't going to be any crabs. I was right. I checked the rings twice at twenty minute intervals and came up with zero. This trip taught me a good lesson though. If I'm going to be out in the kayak in inclement cold weather, I need to layer up with some more clothing. That simple base layer wasn't nearly enough to keep me warm unless I were to be vigorously paddling. Also, if I were to be out in much more turbulent waters and fell in, I wouldn't last long due to exposure from the elements. I plan on getting more warm, water resistant/ wicking protective clothing to go under the drysuit. I also plan on being back out on the water to catch some fish in the near future. I had my best year crabbing this year. I've only been at it seriously for like the last ten years. I set out this season to see if I could bring home 1000 crabs. Number 1000 was caught the week of the Wye Party on Bill Burton Pier. Someone else had the pleasure of eating him, but that's okay.  I far surpassed this 1000 number and brought home over 1400.  I went out a total of 24 times and brought back a bushel 21 of those times. Each bushel averaged about 66 crabs. I'm hoping that this winter is a pleasant one also. I'll be sure to have my rings out the first chance I get in April if it is. It's been a pleasure to share my adventures with you all on here and I hope to have many more with some of you all next year. Take care everyone and have a good off season.
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« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2017, 06:59:57 PM »

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« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2017, 07:00:45 PM »

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« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2017, 08:48:58 PM »

A good year for you, Adam.  Enjoyed all the stories you posted.  Except that last one.   Grin Sad
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Oh, de crab, he taste so fine.
Yuh catch 'um wid a neck an' a line.
Bile de water 'til 'e good 'n hot.
Den eat de crab strait from 'de pot.

Oh, de beer, he taste so chilly.
Drinks it 'til I gets too silly.
Washin' down 'de crab an' butter.
If I doesn't fall down, I'll 'ave anudder.
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« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2017, 11:55:43 PM »

That 1000 crab is nasty looking, but packed with meat. It ended for me several weeks ago. At least you were still catching up until this last trip.

 Thanks for sharing your kayak crabbing trips with everyone. Gives special meaning to the effort you made to get some good eating crabs.   It's a craze some others are doing also, has to be exhausting at times to catch crabs in a kayak if the weather conditions aren't perfect..

 I'll stick with standing up in my Proline, these old legs and knees couldn't handle a long time in a kayak. Have a great winter and we'll see your reports again after the season opens in 2018.
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« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2017, 12:02:48 AM »

You had a great season, thanks for sharing it with us
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« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2017, 02:22:47 AM »

A good year for you, Adam.  Enjoyed all the stories you posted.  Except that last one.   Grin Sad
     Mike,
         I brought the golf clubs and a change of clothes. I had a half way decent round and a good day after all.
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« Reply #7 on: November 15, 2017, 07:26:25 AM »

arti, you might want to check out float coats. They are water proof, warm, and provide flotation. Not the same as a life jacket but provide a extra layer of safety plus protection from the elements.
Looks like you had a great season, good luck next year.
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« Reply #8 on: November 15, 2017, 10:35:36 AM »

Probably will go Friday.  Depending on the catch will determine if I'll go again. 

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let the good times roll
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« Reply #9 on: November 15, 2017, 10:38:49 AM »

Good luck Ron. Don't wear out that arm and shoulder scooping up all of those crabs.
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« Reply #10 on: November 15, 2017, 10:43:21 AM »



  Adam : I knew you were close to the mark that you set for yourself.
Anybody that can paddle one of them YACKS around and catch crab
deserves every one of them. Thank you for the really fine reports on
your crabbing excursions, I always look forward to your reports and fine
pictures. I hope you have a great THANKSGIVING DINNER and I'll be
thinking about you when you are at work. Take care friend !

  BGFISHHOOK1   & his BRIDE >>>> LATER !
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Get it on !
A good one to remember is !
Keep your friends close, BUT keep your enemies CLOSER !
I am nobody, and nobody is perfect, therefore I am _________!
A truth that's told with bad intent  beats all the lies you can invent.
It's hard to be humble when you're as great as I am ! JUST JOKING.
I thought that I made a mistake once , but I was WRONG.
Remember " A rose by any other name will smell just as  sweet  "
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« Reply #11 on: November 15, 2017, 10:46:43 AM »

Probably will go Friday.  Depending on the catch will determine if I'll go again. 

Ronnie
Happy THANKSGIVING RON & LINDA !
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Get it on !
A good one to remember is !
Keep your friends close, BUT keep your enemies CLOSER !
I am nobody, and nobody is perfect, therefore I am _________!
A truth that's told with bad intent  beats all the lies you can invent.
It's hard to be humble when you're as great as I am ! JUST JOKING.
I thought that I made a mistake once , but I was WRONG.
Remember " A rose by any other name will smell just as  sweet  "
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« Reply #12 on: November 15, 2017, 10:59:41 AM »

I have really enjoyed reading the stories you have posted over the season.  I learned some things and got a few new ideas from your pictures and explanations.  I am looking forward to meeting you in the spring of 2018 and letting you teach me about crabbing from a yak.
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« Reply #13 on: November 15, 2017, 12:20:50 PM »

Congratulations Adam on a great year.

Adam, I don't think cold weather has anything to do with your last trip, I think you caught all the crabs in the area.  Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: November 15, 2017, 03:17:33 PM »

Adam,

Thanks for providing final report of the 17 season!

You had a great year and I hope to meet up with you in my yak to crab at DQ next season.

I paddle whitewater kayak all winter as long as its above freezing and not iced in.  I just ordered the following item to wear under my drysuit, and I order a lot from NRS and also Sierra Trading Post, IR, and CKS.  Layering with good undergarments is vitally important to get the most out of a drysuit.

And since you already own the drysuit, maybe you should consider doing a bit of river paddling, I would be glad to get you out on the water sometime!  But its best to start out in warm water.

https://www.nrs.com/product/11504.01/kokatat-mens-habanero-drysuit-liner

https://www.sierratradingpost.com/

https://www.immersionresearch.com/

https://coloradokayak.com/
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« Reply #15 on: November 15, 2017, 06:14:57 PM »

Thanks Steve for the advice and the website information.     


     Jack  and Steve,
        Keep in touch with me during the winter and closer to April and maybe we can figure out dates and times to get out there.
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« Reply #16 on: November 15, 2017, 08:48:04 PM »

OK trip is set for Friday with JD.  Water will be cool  70*,  good chance of heavy fog,  PC skies with air temps around 75-80*.  Water will probably be clear with a weak tide range.  But I'm going anyway. laugh laugh

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« Reply #17 on: November 15, 2017, 09:16:07 PM »

I'm jealous. I still want to be out there.
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« Reply #18 on: November 15, 2017, 11:06:15 PM »

arti,i'd say you had a great year.You worked for every crab you caught in that yak.I know i'm probably wasting my time but i'm gonna try going friday if i can.
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« Reply #19 on: November 17, 2017, 08:19:51 PM »

Sounds like a fantastic year! I don't know if it's because I'm lazy or just not competitive but by my third trip I'll have no idea how many I've caught, I've always been that way, but I'm sure you got me beat by a long shot.
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