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« on: January 06, 2019, 08:17:25 PM »

Never before have I ever attempted to set a crab pot out in January but a good buddy asked me if I would try and catch him a dozen this weekend. With the warm temps I thought I'd set out 3 and just see if anything was happening. All the bait I had was old frozen pin fish I caught and saved in October. Anyway set out on Friday Jan 4th all in about 5 feet of water. Water temp is 58 degrees. Checked pot 1 Saturday afternoon- very surprised to see 9 crabs with 8 keepers. Pot 2 had 7 crabs with all 7 being keepers. When I went to pull in pot 3 it was heavy and I thought it was hung up. Now you don't know but I set these out in my Kayak so its not the most stable thing. Anyways I pull it along side the kayak and I'm seeing crabs , crabs , crabs.  I haul it in and 19 HUGE crabs- 18 keepers and I can't believe it. - 35 crabs on Jan 5th in just 3 pots and 32 keepers. I re set and checked this morning and had 26 more crabs- with 18 more keepers. Still cannot quite believe it.
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« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2019, 09:07:10 PM »

Way to go for the beginning of 2019.
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« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2019, 06:25:00 AM »

Wat to go, nice haul! They look like they came up out of the mud for your pinfish. Thanks for posting, Mark
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« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2019, 08:53:25 AM »

Nice, great way to start the season
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« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2019, 09:09:34 AM »

man, sounds sweet and I am jealous.
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« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2019, 10:40:29 AM »

Very nice! I haven't tried yet here in Florida.
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« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2019, 11:39:29 AM »

SOUNDS awesome!!!! I really want to try and get a few myself but am having a hard time getting the motor right
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« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2019, 02:56:22 PM »

That doesn't happen every year. Nice catch. Does the rec. crab pot season still close from Jan.15 to Feb.7th. n NC.?
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« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2019, 05:26:41 PM »

Nice to be able to catch that many crabs from a kayak in about 15 minutes in January. You can't beat pots to "Git er Done" and head back to the barn & steam em up.
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« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2019, 10:04:10 AM »

Great start , nice job
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« Reply #10 on: January 09, 2019, 11:58:22 AM »

Great job, nice crabs you got there. Your off to a good start, wishing you a great season!

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« Reply #11 on: January 09, 2019, 02:39:38 PM »

WOW !!
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« Reply #12 on: February 03, 2019, 10:17:39 AM »

Looks like you have a long ride from Knightdale to any crabbing. Guessing you go down near Wilmington?
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« Reply #13 on: February 03, 2019, 11:09:46 AM »

I thought crabbing was closed from Jan 15th to some time in Feb?  I remember when I was down there, it broke my heart taking up pots when we were still catching good, in January, with snow on the boat and ice on the water.  
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« Reply #14 on: February 06, 2019, 12:48:37 PM »

Hartford- Yes I was close to Wilmington- 20 miles North in Topsail / Surf City area. I do have a commute from Knightdale but has a mobile home there and work here has cut my hours to 20 a week so I have 4- day weekends now which is nice.  Mr Ray- I believe the closed season started Jan 17th-24th or something like that. I did not have my pots in the water then. I did set 3 this past weekend - Feb 1-3 and in 48 hours I had just 6 keepers .- 6 feet  of water and water temp around 50
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« Reply #15 on: February 06, 2019, 06:50:16 PM »

Hartford- Yes I was close to Wilmington- 20 miles North in Topsail / Surf City area. I do have a commute from Knightdale but has a mobile home there and work here has cut my hours to 20 a week so I have 4- day weekends now which is nice.  Mr Ray- I believe the closed season started Jan 17th-24th or something like that. I did not have my pots in the water then. I did set 3 this past weekend - Feb 1-3 and in 48 hours I had just 6 keepers .- 6 feet  of water and water temp around 50

I was just asking out of curiosity.  I'm not trying to be the internet police. 
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« Reply #16 on: February 06, 2019, 09:40:15 PM »

I understand- no problem- They do that every year to remove abandoned pots. I did speak to a Marine officer at the Raleigh Bass and Saltwater show and asked him and he informed me that on the Monday after the show- they needed to be removed. I remove mine from the water when I am not there.
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« Reply #17 on: February 06, 2019, 09:56:15 PM »

Nice. Keep throwing it out....
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