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Anyone knows how to catch fiddler crabs????

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
I saw some article that said dig the ground to fit a bucket and put some bait inside a bucket and let it sit for a day or so...

But I am not clearly sure what do to of this method.... It sounds much easier than trying to chase those fast little crabs hahaha

Is there any methods do you guys use to catch those crabs for bait??

Thank you very much
post #2 of 21
Fiddler crabs are small crabs about the size of a quarter that make spectacular fishing bait. They are the preferred bait for Sheepshead. But it also works well for Redfish and Pompano as well as any type of Snapper. They can be bought at tackle stores along the coasts, but are easily attainable by catching them yourself with a few simple items.
Difficulty: Easy
Instructions

Things You'll Need:

  • 5-gallon bucket Shovel

  1. Step 1
    Locate an area around a bay, bayou, salt marsh or tributary with grassy land and several rocks, if possible. Sea walls are a great place to find fiddler crabs.
  2. Step 2
    Dig a hole in the sand or mud with the shovel deep enough to put the bucket in so that only an inch or two of the bucket lip sticks above the ground.
    Step 3
  3. Pack sand or mud around the lip of the bucket creating a hill around the mouth of the bucket.
  4. Step 4
    Leave the bucket overnight if possible.
  5. Step 5
    Upon returning, the bucket should contain all the crabs that you will need for your next fishing trip.
And if all else fails Tie your own!
525
post #3 of 21
Thread Starter 
hahaha thank you very much sir!!

I live right next to brakishwater and there are tons and tons of fiddler crabs just dug up on the shore... When I go there, they are just everywhere.... When I saw them at the first time, I didnt know they were fiddler crabs haha


I really appreciate for your information

But should I put some bait inside the bucket to attract the crab though...?
post #4 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by flytyingguy1 View Post
Fiddler crabs are small crabs about the size of a quarter that make spectacular fishing bait. They are the preferred bait for Sheepshead. But it also works well for Redfish and Pompano as well as any type of Snapper. They can be bought at tackle stores along the coasts, but are easily attainable by catching them yourself with a few simple items.
Difficulty: Easy
Instructions

Things You'll Need:

  • 5-gallon bucket Shovel

  1. Step 1
    Locate an area around a bay, bayou, salt marsh or tributary with grassy land and several rocks, if possible. Sea walls are a great place to find fiddler crabs.
  2. Step 2
    Dig a hole in the sand or mud with the shovel deep enough to put the bucket in so that only an inch or two of the bucket lip sticks above the ground.
    Step 3
  3. Pack sand or mud around the lip of the bucket creating a hill around the mouth of the bucket.
  4. Step 4
    Leave the bucket overnight if possible.
  5. Step 5
    Upon returning, the bucket should contain all the crabs that you will need for your next fishing trip.
And if all else fails Tie your own!




Actually, for us mear mortals it's probably easier to dig the hole and catch the crabs. You keep tying and I'll keep
post #5 of 21
(1) Bury the bucket so its upper rim is at ground level.

(2) Take two boards and fasten them into a 'V' shaped funnel with small open end of funnel at the bucket.

(3) Start herding them into the funnel. They will fall into the bucket.

No bait required. JMHO C2
post #6 of 21
Flytingguy,
I haven't herd of this before! Sound pretty easy!

One question, above or below the high tide line?

CW
post #7 of 21
Just pick them up. Oh, and gloves help...
post #8 of 21
3' x 3' white sheet. Tie rope into corners of sheet. Leave rope trailing several feet away from sheet. Lay sheet on mud wit bait (chicken, bunker, etc) in middle. Leave for an hour or so. Come back pull rope. Take crabs out of sheet.
post #9 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by Drew C. View Post
Just pick them up. Oh, and gloves help...


really?? you must be pretty fast!! how many do you usually catch in an outing??
post #10 of 21
You can see them hiding in their holes. Take a stick and poke it behind them blocking them from running back in giving them no other option but to come out of the hole. Grab them and fill a bucket. Fast and effective.We would do this with my dad when we were kids. Tons of fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
post #11 of 21
Thread Starter 
I went out for about 2 hours and caught about 4 doz of fiddlers


Does anybody know how to keep them alive for long time??

I filled the 5 gal bucket with some mud and brakish water to provide them some shelters.....


I'm gonna be using this crabs for this saturday tho are they ok to put it in freezer and use em for baits?
post #12 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by BrianZ View Post
really?? you must be pretty fast!! how many do you usually catch in an outing??



Got these at my local spot. Didn't take that long and was more than I needed for a day's fishing.
525
525
post #13 of 21
NOTE:
---
Throw all the females back. The males have one big claw and one little claw. The females just have little claws.

---Also make sure your bait can't float out of the bucket once the tide comes in.
post #14 of 21
Thread Starter 
I didn't catch that much but well haha it was my first time tried catch them and I was sweating my butts off haha

Are they ok to freeze up and save for later??
post #15 of 21
You wouldnt believe the amount of fiddlers just outside my door at low tide there are billions upon billions, i cant even walk the shoreline because every step you take you crush tons of them.They are everywhere I CANT TAKE IT MUCH LONGER!
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