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« on: February 05, 2004, 05:22:59 AM »

New to crabbing and would like to know what I should use when crabbing in WA state.  I'd be crabbing off of shores and docks, due to lack of boat.

Also what’s a good bait to use for Dungeness?

Thanks for any feed back.
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« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2004, 11:33:06 AM »

  Though I am a blue-crabber here in Maryland, you should use the "Crabhawk" to do your crabbing in Washington.  I know there's a site on the internet, I just don't know what it is.  The Crabhawk is used with a fishing rod and is, I think, $25 for one.  Also, I would think chicken would do just fine for bait.  Good luck in your search! Grin Grin
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« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2004, 09:32:51 PM »

Yup, chicken will work and so will any oily fish like mackerel.  In addition to the Crabhawk, which works fine, look around the bait/fishing supply stores in the area for dungeness crab rings.  These are large, circular crab rings (about 2.5 feet in diameter) with a net in the middle.  These work fine also.  Good luck! Grin

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« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2007, 03:07:49 AM »

Former dock crabber from WA state here. Used to crab Westport all the time.
Go for a star trap. It's very effective, easy to use, and what I had the best luck with in Westport. I don't know about elsewhere, but in that area the crabs seemed to avoid pot style traps.
For bait I'd go with Fresh salmon heads and chicken wings. Make sure to shred up the meat a bit on the bone for the wings.
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