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#76 ja2808

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Posted January 27 2012 - 12:51 AM

I go crabbing often, I actually use turkey necks because they hold up better, plus cheaper than chicken and work equally well. Ask your local butcher if he has any free necks. Some places sell, some discard. Then go to your local seafood market and ask for fish heads. Mix combo in pot.

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Posted January 27 2012 - 1:29 AM

Schoolies :p

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Posted January 27 2012 - 8:59 AM

I use squid. :D

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Posted January 27 2012 - 10:08 AM

I suppose this answer varies based on different methods of crabbing. I primarily trot line. For pots and traps you can use a variety of baits. People can argue for whatever their favorite is but the key is the depth and location of your traps. Crabs run in relation to tide and vary by depth both seasonally and daily. Summertime I crab 3-6 ft. Late fall I'll crab 10+ft deep.

Crabbing is probably even more dependent on low light periods than fishing. When I run my line I often have half my crabs within the first half hour and then spend the next few hours getting the other half bushel. This is especially true in the summer when the crabbing is often dead slow by 8:00 am. In the fall this is not as much a problem.

Chicken is by far the most popular trot line bait on the Chesapeake bay because it is economical and stays on the line well. You really only need a very small bait to hold crabs - maybe 2 inches. I use somewhere around 200 baits on my trot line. I am not going to use 200 bluefish heads when I can get 40lbs of chicken necks for 20 dollars at the meat distributor. The crabs also hold onto the bony bait very well.

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Posted January 27 2012 - 10:26 AM

well what type of crab are you going for is the first question? I've been out catching blue claws again and again with chicken thighs or necks. I was at a pier with my buddy one time we were using chicken thighs and the smelly jelly someone on this thread mentioned, maybe 4-5 other guys crabbing with bunker. My friend and I were catching crabs non stop and the other crowd caught only a handful, same spot/weather conditions chicken just out fished the bunker and now I'm sold. We also drop pots in the back bays, chicken thighs hold up much better than the pots baited with bunker, and chicken thighs are cheap better than paying $2 per bunker at a marina or pier. I buy reduced chicken thighs from my butcher at discounted prices, I can usually find 5lb of chicken thighs for around$1.50-2 which for me out fish the $2 per bunker that fall apart much faster.

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Posted January 28 2012 - 6:26 PM

Have you seen the deadliest catch I think they use cod 

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Posted January 28 2012 - 6:30 PM

Best bait for blueclaw crab is killies strung on a wire ring
Best bait for killies is a crushed blueclaw in a killie trap

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Posted January 29 2012 - 12:21 AM

As an X Maryland commercial (now I lease my TFL to my old deckhand) I will say Its all dependant on what is going to bait the longest. On the almost 2 miles of trotline I used to run I would use bagged razors. When I first started out I used either salted eel (best) or bull lips (last FOREVER almost) then down the line would be fowl necks (not chicken) fowl necks are alot smaller than chicken and lots more to the box. Pots I either used Bunker or Razors. Razors hold up a bit longer for 2-3 day sets in the beginning of the season.

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Posted January 29 2012 - 7:35 PM

Sudsy, it is kind of ironic. But no point in wasting the blueclaw if you can get a spider or green crab.

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Posted January 29 2012 - 8:58 PM

I stopped by a local fish market and they were more than happy to fill up a couple of buckets for me.
Lots of Fluke racks and they worked great.

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Posted July 18 2012 - 8:30 PM

The use of chicken in the for state of N.J.is illegal  they change the law in 2010 they say it i because of salmonella ...My family been using chicken for over 50 years and Manny of our family friends.So check the law and you will see.........BadBoy

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Posted July 19 2012 - 7:10 AM

The use of chicken in the for state of N.J.is illegal  they change the law in 2010 they say it i because of salmonella ...My family been using chicken for over 50 years and Manny of our family friends.So check the law and you will see.........BadBoy

also mycobacteria comes from chicken