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Crabbing on long island

post #1 of 11
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I know the spots off docks and peir but recently picked up a small boat and wanted to set crab hotels out on the water anyone have a good experience with this and any tips?
post #2 of 11
It's sort of the end of the season.. the best fishing is usually in mid July. What you need to do is find a safe place to put them. The commercial guys will take them, the weekend guys will either strip them or steal them. I have run many traps over the years and ALL of them have been stolen, it's just a matter of time. You should not soak more then one, two at the most overnight, you will get more than you can eat in a week when the fishing is good.
post #3 of 11
I don't recommend putting traps out, for the reasons described, but if you've got a nice, small boat, get yourself a long-handled dip net and head for the flats on the south side of whatever bay you're on. Get up in the bow of your boat, use the net handle as a push pole, and pole across the flat with the sun at your back. When you see a crab on the bottom, the rest is up to you.
post #4 of 11
The only thing wrong with the flats is that, at least in the areas I fish, is that they are mostly female. I know that non egg laden females are fair game, but call me old school I prefer not to take them.
post #5 of 11
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I know that non egg laden females are fair game, but call me old school I prefer not to take them.



ditto
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The only thing wrong with the flats is that, at least in the areas I fish, is that they are mostly female. I know that non egg laden females are fair game, but call me old school I prefer not to take them.


You do have to sort through a lot of females, but there are still usually enough Jimmies to make it worthwhile. Plus, it's just fun to do.
post #7 of 11
If you really want crabs try one of the local bars in hempstead nyuk nyuk nyuk
post #8 of 11
Hey I'm all for conservation but are there any studies regarding taking non-egg bearing females. Have always heard conflicting theories. What about when you jack one off a piling and when you get it up theres a large keeper with a small one underneath? I always let the mom/ baby....mating couple? go.



Charlie??????
post #9 of 11
We always went an night with some bright lights over the side and a long net. Could fill the bottom of the boat if we wanted. That was years back though.
post #10 of 11
Ive been crabbing in the state channle the past few weeks... Unreal Ive been useing fluke racks, last weekend I scooped 5 off a singe rack twice!
post #11 of 11
Haven't in years but i remember going to the pier with a long net, and that was enough to yield a bucket of keepers easily. Just scoop em up as they swim by. It was fun when you net em, and it was fun when they got away. Don't know much about soaking pods, only from deadliest catch.
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