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« on: October 27, 2019, 07:06:27 PM »

I've read plenty of archives on trotlining. I have a question about neck size that I haven't seen posted. It seems whenever I've baited a line the with a full large neck it never gets touched. I've also used turkey necks in traps with no luck. Is there a possibility crabs fear or are spookedby these larger baits and just go for the smaller pieces? It seems unlikely but I thought I'd ask.
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« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2019, 07:24:46 PM »

Also of note when I say full necks I mean big necks. Probably around 5 inches or larger.
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« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2019, 07:54:27 PM »

Also of note when I say full necks I mean big necks. Probably around 5 inches or larger.


My necks are all about 2"-3" in length, they work great. Cut the 5" necks in half. A lot of folks like to use small pieces of bait, but not me. While these guys are running home in a couple hours because the smaller crabs ate up all their bait, I am still out crabbing with plenty of bait left. I switched back to 2"-3" necks this year, from the smaller pieces I had used for the past couple years, and I will not go back.
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« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2019, 09:03:06 PM »

Drums and Thighs don't scare them. Why would a large "NECK"? thinking2 thinking2 thinking2
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« Reply #4 on: October 28, 2019, 01:55:37 AM »

Drums and Thighs don't scare them. Why would a large "NECK"? thinking2 thinking2 thinking2
good point.
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« Reply #5 on: October 28, 2019, 07:11:51 AM »

I have better luck with 1" - 2" pieces of necks.  The larger necks seem to go untouched even when the smaller pieces are devoured.
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« Reply #6 on: October 28, 2019, 10:29:13 AM »

I've been running full size necks this year because there have been so many crabs it's the only way my bait will hold up all day.  That said when I have a really big one on it doesn't seem to be touch as much as the slightly smaller pieces.  Roughly speaking I'd say, based on my experience, anything over 4" isn't the best.  I had some that I thought were from a turkey and they definitely didn't seem to work as well.  The last trip I cut down a few and most of the bait was obliterated, that was a couple weeks ago.
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« Reply #7 on: October 28, 2019, 07:01:40 PM »

I try and keep them 1.5.  Nothing over 2.  I know it makes a difference for me without a doubt where I trotline
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« Reply #8 on: October 28, 2019, 07:38:18 PM »

Not me. 2"-3" has been working great. Everything in crabbing is just a THEORY, and what I have noticed the past several years is...EVERYBODY'S theories are wrong. Crabs feed on dead human bodies, for Christ's sake, and they are a [Sam Hill] of a lot bigger than a three inch chicken neck.
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« Reply #9 on: October 29, 2019, 09:23:10 AM »

Not me. 2"-3" has been working great. Everything in crabbing is just a THEORY, and what I have noticed the past several years is...EVERYBODY'S theories are wrong. Crabs feed on dead human bodies, for Christ's sake, and they are a [Sam Hill] of a lot bigger than a three inch chicken neck.

I wonder if we taste like chicken.
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« Reply #10 on: December 03, 2019, 01:14:54 PM »

I wonder if we taste like chicken.

I hear more like rabbit!
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« Reply #11 on: December 03, 2019, 02:46:46 PM »

I thought that size didn't matter......oh you mean chicken necks.....neverrrrrrmind!      laugh laugh laugh
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« Reply #12 on: December 21, 2019, 08:26:10 PM »

I wonder if we taste like chicken.

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