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DOGDAYGOD
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« on: May 02, 2021, 02:25:20 AM »

i have not gone crabbing yet, and i'm looking for a time of the year that i could go crabbing at without just wasting my time by going to early, but also without waiting too long. i was planning on going crabbing at cold spring pier, so i asked someone in the area when i should go crabbing if i am crabbing in that area, and he said that i shouldnt go any earlier than late july, but i also asked someone from the NYSDEC when i should go crabbing in the area, and he said that in the water i was planning on crabbing in(cold spring pier), the good time for crabbing starts in mid august, and ends in early october. since im getting multiple different dates, i decided to ask here.
what's the earliest general time-frame that i could go crabbing at and catch atleast a few crabs within around an hour(i probably won't be crabbing for longer than that) if im crabbing at cold spring pier? if it's longer than i want to wait, then i think i will go crabbing at tappan zee instead, because the NYSDEC person i spoke to told me that the season there begins in mid july, but i'd also like to ask you guys if you know if that's true.
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« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2021, 06:17:35 PM »

I don't know if this will help but when I crab in the hudson I crab in bear mountain ny off the bear mountain dock. Best time is usually the first weekend after the fourth of july thru the end of September. That said, I always get the itch when the weather starts warming up and play the guinea pig and try it in June, that is a hit and miss, usually miss. Oh yeah, hudson river, bluegills are the best bait!!!! Wink Wink Wink
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« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2021, 09:12:04 AM »

If you're looking to only crab for an hour and expect to catch enough crabs for a meal your best bet is to head over to your local fishmonger because your expectations are mostly unreasonable. Crabbing isn't something you do for an hour and have enough crab (for the most part) especially on the Hudson. The information you you got for Cold Spring was correct. I'm not sure what you mean by crabbing at the Tappan Zee as you can't crab by or off the bridge. My two favorite spots on the Hudson are at Piermont and Bear Mountain. Mid July is a good time. June works too if it's warm enough. When the crab are active varies from year to year and depends on various conditions. Only way to know when is best is to go out and crab.
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« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2021, 08:38:03 PM »

If you're looking to only crab for an hour and expect to catch enough crabs for a meal your best bet is to head over to your local fishmonger because your expectations are mostly unreasonable. Crabbing isn't something you do for an hour and have enough crab (for the most part) especially on the Hudson. The information you you got for Cold Spring was correct. I'm not sure what you mean by crabbing at the Tappan Zee as you can't crab by or off the bridge. My two favorite spots on the Hudson are at Piermont and Bear Mountain. Mid July is a good time. June works too if it's warm enough. When the crab are active varies from year to year and depends on various conditions. Only way to know when is best is to go out and crab.
 
i have seen multiple videos of people catching crabs faster than you say they can be caught
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