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« on: March 29, 2021, 04:59:08 PM »

So what is everyone's favorite time to crab?  I mean Sunrise, out going tide etc.  Last year I just played the tides since I read that's usually the best since the water is moving the most.  Never had an incredible day(yet I am in Virginia/Potomac) so trying to zero in on it better this year.  Just like to have one day when I come back with a bushel without having to rely on the crab pots. 
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« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2021, 06:11:10 PM »

Anytime that you don't have to work!    thumbsup
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« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2021, 06:53:00 PM »

Anytime that you don't have to work!    thumbsup

Hopefully only have to work for another 35 years! 
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« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2021, 09:57:31 PM »

A bad day crabbing is better than a good day working.
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« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2021, 12:07:30 AM »

A bad day crabbing is better than a good day working.

Unless, of course, you are a bookie.
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« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2021, 09:32:56 AM »

Moving tide is always the best for me. Early morning is always nice but I do crab the evening as well.
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« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2021, 11:26:49 AM »

Moving tide is always the best for me. Early morning is always nice but I do crab the evening as well.

I am going to keep more technical notes this year to see if I can find a pattern.  Being right on the water,  it's easy for me go at anytime.  As the weather turns hotter, the more time I will spend in the mornings. 

Do any of you guys test salinity or just go off the bouys?
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« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2021, 04:05:51 PM »

I live in a landlocked state so the best time to crab is from when I get there until I leave. I understand its best in the 2 hrs b4 & after a tide change.
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« Reply #8 on: March 30, 2021, 07:32:23 PM »

I live in a landlocked state so the best time to crab is from when I get there until I leave. I understand its best in the 2 hrs b4 & after a tide change.
The Atlantic blue crab (Callinectes sapidus) feeds anytime, in any tide cycle, when it is hungry and finds food.  Those hours tend to be a more active time due to the tide/current moving crabs around.  Plus the scent of food moves thru the water. 
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« Reply #9 on: March 30, 2021, 11:51:20 PM »

I've heard more than one crabber say they enjoy the "second shift" crabbing afternoon to evening for recreational crabbing.  
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« Reply #10 on: March 31, 2021, 11:06:53 AM »

I've heard more than one crabber say they enjoy the "second shift" crabbing afternoon to evening for recreational crabbing.  

I will crab at any time.  Depending on the high for the day will depending if I crab the morning or afternoon.  Actually going to keep notes this year so I can cross reference for the future.  Ready to get back out there. 
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« Reply #11 on: April 16, 2021, 02:04:45 PM »

I've heard more than one crabber say they enjoy the "second shift" crabbing afternoon to evening for recreational crabbing.  

A good reason for this is the commercial guys are finished and there's more open spots.  And it's good for the commercial guys since there's fewer people in their way.   Down side is wind is usually up from late morning to late in day.
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« Reply #12 on: April 16, 2021, 04:08:08 PM »

Couple things...1) What Jack said...2) You can't catch them from the couch...3) Like 'Field of Dreams', if you feed them, they will come..4) imo, the best reason..You are outside doing something GREAT...5) There are no/none/zero stores/diners/restaurants for those crabs to go to..Really, they are opportunistic and will eat ANYTHING just about ANYTIME...There isn't food just laying around in the water and nothing going after it...TOTW(time on the water) is best
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