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« on: August 07, 2018, 04:13:17 PM »

Been trying since early July, the counts in all my usual spots are extremely low. Wondering if anyone else has had any luck in the Ocean State lately??

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« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2018, 05:58:05 PM »

Wish we could give you reports but most of us are not allowed to crab in Rhode Island.  Sad
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« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2018, 08:23:17 PM »

Wish we could give you reports but most of us are not allowed to crab in Rhode Island.  Sad
    Yes , That would be NONE of us that can't crab in Rhode Island unless you are a year round resident Undecided Undecided
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« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2018, 04:10:21 PM »

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« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2018, 08:01:00 PM »

We had some luck in Charlestown the first week of July. Caught some nice and heavy 6" to 7" crab. About 36 total in 4 three hour outings. All by hand line with chicken off a dock. The Crab Police didn't come around. But it is getting harder each year to find private spots. Wink
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« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2018, 09:08:28 PM »

Same here.  As I mentioned we got one 5" one time, last weekend only found 2 5". Sad
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« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2018, 09:09:43 PM »

We had some luck in Charlestown the first week of July. Caught some nice and heavy 6" to 7" crab. About 36 total in 4 three hour outings. All by hand line with chicken off a dock. The Crab Police didn't come around. But it is getting harder each year to find private spots. Wink

So you were at a private dock? Thanks.
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« Reply #7 on: August 08, 2018, 09:11:36 PM »

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Can you please help me too? Thanks!
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« Reply #8 on: August 09, 2018, 07:43:27 AM »

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« Reply #9 on: August 09, 2018, 09:55:26 AM »

jli36.....Try the Green Hill pond in Charlestown. Good luck.
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« Reply #10 on: August 11, 2018, 07:26:16 AM »

I managed 6 nice sized jimmies at Ninigret Pond last Saturday 8/4, but it was tough crabbing and they were in deeper holes. Interestingly, not a single short blue crab and only one green crab in 2 1/2 hours of fishing. Nothing was showing on previous scouting trips to my favorite spots, so I finally just went for it and was rewarded with a nice crab lunch.  But it was a challenge, not like last year at all... at least not yet.

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« Reply #11 on: August 11, 2018, 09:49:24 AM »

Glad you got some!  Did you walk in the water or you have a boat?  How deep is the water? Thanks.
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« Reply #12 on: August 12, 2018, 08:01:06 AM »

I have only seen 2 since the beginning of June. Both were just barely legal and thrown back to live another day. Lately my favorite spot has water the color of melted milk chocolate. I'd be afraid to eat anything caught in that.
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« Reply #13 on: August 12, 2018, 11:59:50 AM »

Try Poppasquash Rd in Bristol.  There's a culvert where the marsh on the right side of the road drains to Bristol Harbor ("hahbuh" to locals).  That spot is always productive if you're on the east bay.
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« Reply #14 on: August 12, 2018, 02:00:35 PM »

jli36,

I used my kayak and ring nets & hand lines, fluke carcass for bait, good bait is always key. I keep some fluke and sea bass racks in my freezer for use as crab bait, more durable than chicken and free leftover from recreational fishing. Was pretty lucky to catch what I got, the crabs seemed sort of sluggish which made them easier to catch once they got on the bait.

Last year I did not have to use my kayak at all, as plentiful keepers were showing in shallow water. Not the case so far this year.  I estimate about 40% of the eelgrass has died off in some locations, which is not helpful.

Water depth was 10 to 15 ft.
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« Reply #15 on: August 12, 2018, 03:26:45 PM »

@Pondfisher  Thank you for your reply!
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« Reply #16 on: August 12, 2018, 03:31:06 PM »

Try Poppasquash Rd in Bristol.  There's a culvert where the marsh on the right side of the road drains to Bristol Harbor ("hahbuh" to locals).  That spot is always productive if you're on the east bay.


I tried that area 3 weeks ago and I didn't see anything. Not even short ones. If anyone got something, please let me know.
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