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Rigging Green Crabs for Blackfish?

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
How are you guys rigging crabs for blackfish??? I have tried a few different ways and do not think I am doing it the most effecient way... Thanks.
post #2 of 16
Loop to loop on bottom (lighter # test 20? to connect to sinker) 50 lb leader with a dropper loolp about 10" up from sinker with a 1/0 or 2/0 gammi circle hook.
post #3 of 16
I use a tandem rig with a 5oz sinker at the bottom. The lowest hook gets a full grab, sans the claws, the upper hook gets a crab with the top shell removed.
post #4 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks. but i meant more how are you actually hooking the crab? Pop off the claws? What about the Legs? Where do you insert the hook?
post #5 of 16
Pop off the front claws then a leg 2-3 back from the main claw. Then I run the hook through the main claw and back out the leg hole from the leg I popped off.
post #6 of 16
cut in half, remove all legs and claws, remove top shell and insert hook in one leg socket and out one of the others depending on the size of the crab and hook you are using. If you wish to use a whole crab use the search function on "the snafu" rig
post #7 of 16
Stretch both bands into the knocks in the shank, point at biggest tog, shoot tog, repeat. yeah, I cheat.....but only when there's no fishermen and it's only cuz I seriously suck at hookin' up on tog.....they sometimes just "sip" the crabs off the hook.....My buds always do 3-4 to my one as I seem to only feed them (and the choggies...)
post #8 of 16
I prefer not to remove the topshell.. All the meat and guts get pulled out by current or porgies.
post #9 of 16
Depending on the size, I usually pull the legs off, whack it on something to crack the shell and get it oozy, and then run the hook from the bottom rear up through the top and then back down into a leg socket.
My brother and I were experimenting yesterday with leaving some legs, no legs, whole walking crab, and smushed up crab. The legless smashed shell got us a 7lbr and a 6lbr.

Crappy cell pic of 6 lbr and part of my thumb.

post #10 of 16
Did well yesterday on a tandem setup with the higher crab being shell-less. We got a couple of 7-8lbers as well as a bunch of 5-6lb fish.
post #11 of 16
Cut them in half and hook through the knuckles.

too much work taking the shell and claws off. Any decent blackfish will take it shell and all, and keeps the scup from stripping the meat off the crab as fast...

sharp NON-circle hooks has always worked here....
525
post #12 of 16
Found a preference yesterday for the little asians over the greens.
post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by fishgeg View Post
cut in half, remove all legs and claws, remove top shell and insert hook in one leg socket and out one of the others depending on the size of the crab and hook you are using. If you wish to use a whole crab use the search function on "the snafu" rig


Bingo!
post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by mikepa View Post
Found a preference yesterday for the little asians over the greens.



I like to double stack the asians, they seem to like that. The smaller ones, anyway. I can catch short tog all day on asians, but the big greens split in half seem to bring inthe big ones.
post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by BranfordJeff View Post
I like to double stack the asians, they seem to like that. The smaller ones, anyway. I can catch short tog all day on asians, but the big greens split in half seem to bring inthe big ones.


Jeff, we had some large tog in your backyard before the blow on Saturday.
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