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« on: April 20, 2018, 08:40:17 AM »

Whatís a good depth to try in around this time-may? Also. What kind of bait is best early? Also what kind of bottom is good to lay on? Oysters? sand? mud? shell? Creeks or open water etc. Iím not used to spring Crabbin but wanna learn more about it.
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« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2018, 08:55:39 AM »

I stay in the 7-10 foot range most all year, drop in deeper water late in the year. I use ring traps all the time and chicken necks, good luck if you go it can be a tough time of the year.
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« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2018, 09:10:11 AM »

I go in the shallows at this time of year (2-4 ft) . Muddy bottoms using mostly chicken necks with the rings also.
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« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2018, 09:58:36 AM »

I go in the shallows at this time of year (2-4 ft) . Muddy bottoms using mostly chicken necks with the rings also.

Iíll try deep (10) and shallow. Gonna go all around and see whatís gooin on tomorrow.
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« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2018, 09:59:57 AM »

I catch mine all the way down by Crisfield.
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« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2018, 10:08:54 AM »

Is that where you go all year, down that way? Or do you move north as the summer progresses?
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« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2018, 10:11:17 AM »

I crab 90 percent down that way. I know I;m going to catch them
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« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2018, 10:15:00 AM »

No reason to leave if it works.
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« Reply #8 on: April 20, 2018, 12:28:25 PM »

Mike, look for the crabs where you caught the last of them before they quit last seasonor near there. i like 6ft with deep water near by and if the watwer stays colder then normal mud bottom helps due the mud getting hit by the sun warming quicker in those areas. Good luck when u go and i hope to start form mid may to memorial day if it warms up soonand please keep me post via b mail. i will do the same when i start catching since we are not too far apart.
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« Reply #9 on: April 20, 2018, 01:22:56 PM »

Mike, look for the crabs where you caught the last of them before they quit last seasonor near there. i like 6ft with deep water near by and if the watwer stays colder then normal mud bottom helps due the mud getting hit by the sun warming quicker in those areas. Good luck when u go and i hope to start form mid may to memorial day if it warms up soonand please keep me post via b mail. i will do the same when i start catching since we are not too far apart.

Sounds good man thanks! Hopefully can catch some tomorrow. Gonna try all different depths. chicken and clams for bait. gonna try real shallow outside creeks, in creeks, along my fall spots and such. i will direct message you with info. ill be happy to catch a few crabs, no big numbers needed to make me happy this early!!

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« Reply #10 on: April 20, 2018, 03:34:51 PM »

Mike it will be tough crabbin in these water temps for sure but you MIGHT see a few. Clams are the ticket this early as the crabs can hold onto the bags better then a cn. Also crab traps while they are a PIA could catch more baited with clams in bags also. good luck young man.
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