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post #16 of 57
sand fleas.....down sowf they catch everythign on them........hint hint
post #17 of 57
If you are in the surf fishing at night, close to a new moon, you can see THOUSANDS of minute holes appear and disappear at the very last few feet of the top end of a broken waves wash. Many times "we" noticed this and put it to use. The mole crab presence and other bait has absolutely nothing to do with a lack or an aboundance of other bait, they are always in the surf, just more prevelent at certain times. It is just an easy food to collect, and right in the "zone". They are candy under the right conditions and moon phase, ESPECIALLY when the crabs are breeding..

I use a metal detecting beach sand collector. It has a 3 foot long S.S. pole with S.S. Scoop with holes, I can get dozens in minutes.

Just let the ones with orange bellies (EGGS) go free, these are a bait that definately can seperate a good night and a skunk..
post #18 of 57
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This forum is so helpful sometimes and I will try these things and report back. Thank you to everyone for the constuctive posts.
post #19 of 57
Was fishing long beach around 84 and went out to a jetty some greek guy was doing great on the black fish.. he turned me on to this little guys, next day I had about 20 BIG Tog right off the jetty.... and a mixed bag of other fish I rarely see including a Bass ... these are some universal baits that should be noted in the mind of the seasoned surfrat... some say that they are great for big bass on full moons where the light is too brigh to plug..

hint hint
post #20 of 57
Quote:
Originally posted by John M:
sand fleas.....down sowf they catch everythign on them........hint hint
out here they call 'em sand crabs. back east they call 'em mole crabs... but we always called them sand fleas! aside from fiddler crabs, there wasn't a better seatrout or sheepshead bait. also whiting, pompano, sailor's choice and a LOT of other fish would eat them.

nice to see someone else call 'em what i grew up calling them!

when they are moulting here in CA, the perch REALLY key in on them in the surf.
post #21 of 57
Last couple of summers somehwere north of Cape Ann, I used to see smaller stripers FILLED with those little buggers... dang things were making pigs of themselves off of sandflees... I'm still convinced that the stripers only hit the clam baits I had tossed because the sandflees were probably all over them...oink, oink...
post #22 of 57
I was down in the Outer Banks last June and I was hammering 10-15 lb Black Drum off a bridge with sand fleas I had dug off the beach that morning. They are also candy for sheepshead and are a staple when jetty fishing for Tog in Delaware.
post #23 of 57
Cookie, how did Hank use the double bucket for the fleas. Been wanting to try em, got some rubber ones in North Carolina this spring and as I said want to give em a shot.... salt
post #24 of 57
Out here on the West Coast they work well for stripers. I've never caught a big one on them, but for the schoolies (to 10lbs) they are excellent, especially during their spawn. I think thisis because there are more of them rolling around in the surf. Well, that and the fact that they have fluorescent orange egg cluster underneath their tail which makes them easier for fish to spot.
post #25 of 57
Long time reader, but first post.

I can remember when I was younger I would have a field day digging these things up at the beach, it always fasinated me that under all of those little holes were these little diggers going crazy.

So now that I know people have luck with them, how do you rig them up?

With my recent luck I'll give anything a shot.
post #26 of 57
Little crabs?
This is what you can find on the West Coast:

post #27 of 57
wow
post #28 of 57
We always called them sand crabs while we vacationed in N.J. Used to dig them out of the sand in ankle deep water (receding waves will help you uncover them), you don't have to go far into the water to find them, but you have to be in the zone.
found this:
Hook a sand flea (see Bait section below) on the hook such that the sand flea will be pulled side ways by the line.
Hook the sand flea toward the head such that its orange belly (egg pouch) will not be kept shut by the hook. Make sure that the flea's shell is hard and that the hook's barb is just barley through the shell. Keeping the hook minimally through the flea will reduce the hook getting caught up in seaweed and rocks.

Keep Sand Fleas Cool and Moist
Live sand fleas, fiddlers crabs, small blue crabs and mole crabs are not only excellent bait for certain kinds of fishing, but are by far the easiest bait to keep alive. Only two precautions must be taken. First, keep the animals moist so their gills do not dry out. (It's not only unnecessary to submerge them in water, it's not recommended because they will drown. Put moist sand in the bucket for them to borough into. If the bucket is left out over night cover it so some critter doesn't eat them.) Second keep them cool and out of the sun. Almost any bucket, bait well or box is an adequate container. In extremely hot weather cover the animals with a damp cloth and keep them cool by sprinkling ice on top of the cloth. They will keep for days in a cup on ice inside a cooler. Just keep them dry and remember to drain the yellow waste out of it everyday.
In the early morning the tide action may be non-existent and sand fleas are almost impossible to find. If you fish the very early morning it is a good idea to save a dozen or so sand fleas from the previous day to use as bait.
post #29 of 57
excellent for blackfish
post #30 of 57
Quote:
Originally posted by TLDig:
Originally posted by John M:
sand fleas.....down sowf they catch everythign on them........hint hint
out here they call 'em sand crabs. back east they call 'em mole crabs... but we always called them sand fleas! aside from fiddler crabs, there wasn't a better seatrout or sheepshead bait. also whiting, pompano, sailor's choice and a LOT of other fish would eat them.

nice to see someone else call 'em what i grew up calling them!

when they are moulting here in CA, the perch REALLY key in on them in the surf.
[/quote]TL Ill be fishing sand fleas tomorow mostl likely. See if I cant get my 5 year old into some fish she likes to catch sand fleas so that entertains her as much (if not more) than the fishing does.
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