Best crab bait? - Page 6
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.
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.
also mycobacteria comes from chicken