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Best crab bait?

post #1 of 87
Thread Starter 
Just bought 2 more commercial pots (both were stolen last year), and wanted some ideas for the "best bait". I've used bunker, bluefish and chicken in the past, but I was recently told that chicken necks are the best. Any other ideas out there/ Thanks
post #2 of 87
Bunker and chicken necks combo- bunker draws them in, chicken necks keep 'um there.
post #3 of 87
I think chicken necks are only better if you are using drop lines or trot lines.

I use bunker in the big cages, I can't see using people food (chicken) for crabs. They will eat whatever you put in there. Bunker, Sea Robin etc. Whatever is cheap and/or easily available works fine for me.
post #4 of 87
Fluke racks work great and last.
post #5 of 87
Dogfish steaks
post #6 of 87
No matter which you use, if you want the bait to last, wrap it up in a piece of 1/8" mesh net like seine net or drop net - then stuff it in the bait chamber Even with their sharp claws, they won't be able to get much of it, but the scent is still readily dispersed through the netting.

What kinda crabs...food for you or food for blackfish?

TimS
post #7 of 87
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys! The reason I went with the necks is because a commercial crabber from Md. told me that's what they used. I will use the mesh bag too. This is for BlueClaws to be eaten on the deck over many beers and fireworks
post #8 of 87
You don't buy crab bait! It's free all around ya! We never bought any chicken but that's what we used. Mom would buy whole chickens and cut them up. She would save the backs and of course the necks and the organs in the freezer for soups. We always had a ton of bait we could steal and she would never even notice. The frozen chicken would keep the ice tea and the fish bait (worms) just a bit colder until we got to the docks, too.

We used fresh road kill, fish racks and once even stole a roast out of the neighbors freezer (the freezer was on the porch)! We figured it was only fair for all the blue claws we gave her for nuttin', hunny!

But the best producing bait was always YESTERDAY'S stinking rotten chicken!
Yow! Made me wanna

bj/JDBB
post #9 of 87
Bunker.
post #10 of 87
Thread Starter 
A good friend of mine is in the food business, so after hearing about the chicken neck thing I asked him if he could get me some necks. He said yup! I asked for 5#......be brought me 40# Free of course These things better work or my trash is gonna stink!
post #11 of 87
I used to raise chickens and do a little comm fishing both were free so I've run chicken side by side with bunker/bluefish many times.

Chicken almost always did better.
post #12 of 87
Thread Starter 
That's what I wanna hear
post #13 of 87
Quote:
Originally posted by Plug:
Chicken almost always did better.
Ain't that strange? I wonder what it is about chicken that blueclaws like so much? It's not a natural bait or scent. Do you think the fact that it physically lasts longer is the key?

Granted, if I had to choose between eating chicken and eating bunker, it'd be no contest...but still think it's weird that a non-native, mild smelling bait like chicken would catch more blueclaws than a natural, native, oily stinky bait like bunker?

TimS
post #14 of 87
Anybody have any luck with a Smelly Jelly on a piece of chicken?
post #15 of 87
Quote:
Originally posted by TimS:
Ain't that strange? I wonder what it is about chicken that blueclaws like so much? It's not a natural bait or scent. Do you think the fact that it physically lasts longer is the key?

Yep thats all it is.

Handling raw chicken outside of a kitchen is gross IMO.

While we are on this topic, does anyone know why there are signs around at some places on Barnegat bay that ask crabbers not to throw chicken in the water?
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