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« on: June 29, 2020, 10:05:48 PM »

What do you think is proper etiquette when handlining and your done crabbing,  to pull your lines up and throw the string and chicken away or let the crabs feast on it so they can get plump and nice and big ?
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« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2020, 06:27:57 AM »

Pull up and remove string so other crabbers won't get it all tangled up in their hand lines. Crabs would appreciate the free chicken that you throw back in the water.
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« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2020, 07:26:15 AM »

Definitely pull the line in as opposed to leaving it.  As for the chicken, if it isn't completely destroyed/nasty you can take it home and freeze it and reuse next time.  I think it is fine to toss it into the water to feed the aquatic wildlife.  Sometimes I have been in the sun way too long by the end so I unbait in the shade away from water and I have left the chicken in the bushes for the land wildlife.  I have had people offer me their used bait when they were leaving a pier, but I'm social distancing so I usually decline.  Chicken is pretty biodegradable.  Try to throw any zipties into the trash of course.
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« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2020, 08:18:47 PM »

Yep I toss the old bait in the water and clean up my mess.
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