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Crabbing From a Kayak: Tips?

post #1 of 32
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I went out today in some local waters on the chesapeake bay to test out a new light tackle set-up. I was working a 5" bass assasin and a large crab snatched it and wouldn't let go until he cut right through it with his claw right at the side of the boat, that's when the light bulb went off and got me thinking if I can effectively crab from a kayak. I was thinking I could maybe tie off to a channel marker and hand line chicken necks but not sure if this get the best bang for the buck. The way I saw the John boats trot lining I figured that might be doable with a Hobie pedal kayak but I have to paddle so that is probably out.

So has anyone tried it? Any tips?

Thanks
post #2 of 32
Springer, check out the maryland kayak fishing site (google it) and then search for posts from Moc. He has some how-to videos on how to run a trotline from his kayak. If you don't want to do that you can also do it with the topless traps.
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Springer, check out the maryland kayak fishing site (google it) and then search for posts from Moc. He has some how-to videos on how to run a trotline from his kayak. If you don't want to do that you can also do it with the topless traps.

Thanks. I looked it up and that has a bunch of the info I was looking for. I was thinking of trying those circle basket traps. I might test it with 5 and bump it up to10-12 if it works and seems manageable.
post #4 of 32

Another thing is to get a long handled net, and paddle gently along bulkheads and pylons, and just scoop them off.  There's a trick to coming behind to get them to swim into the net, sometimes they'll evade it.  I don't know of the whole scam to it, but I've also seen guys put a light out at night, and between that and something else they're doing, the crabs will swim up to them, and then they get them with the net.

 

Nom nom nom...
 

post #5 of 32
The guys who do it around here tow a clam basket in a innertube and drop them in there rather then bringing them into the yak.
post #6 of 32
I use a small anchor when using hand lines. I've never used traps form the yak, but I play with trotlines a bit. Running trotlines from a kayak can be highly effective. But it is certainly a challenge..... Setting up parallel to the wind and/or tide is the key. The mirage drive and rudder are definitely a plus. "www . bluecrab . info" is an excellent resource. They have a page devoted to trotlines. I took most of my cues from there and modified for the kayak.
post #7 of 32
I anchor like SG1 said, and just tie 4-5 hand lines off the down current side of the kayak. I throw one of those bag coolers on the bow under a bungee to hold my catch. Bring out a radio, a beer or two, and just lay back in between checking lines or cast for a fish to go with the crabs. Crabbing is supposed to be easy and trot lines look like a hassle from a kayak if conditions aren't perfect.
post #8 of 32
Don't use chicken. It's illegal to crab with chicken as per fish and game. Use bunker or some other fish. In my opinion fish is a better bait anyway
post #9 of 32
You can use Chicken in MD ......... most do ....... and the original poster is from MD.
post #10 of 32
Sorry. Should've looked. Thought he was from NJ
post #11 of 32
Not a problem ............ now I know that I can't use necks up there .......... something That could have cost me
post #12 of 32
Out of curiosity, and at the risk of asking a dumb question: Does anyone know why it's illegal to use chicken necks as crab bait in NJ?
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Out of curiosity, and at the risk of asking a dumb question: Does anyone know why it's illegal to use chicken necks as crab bait in NJ?
Never heard of such...used necks last season..sold to me from a local B&T.
post #14 of 32
I'm curious too. Can anyone confirm this? I've been poking around the NJ Fish and Wildlife website and cannot find anything about chicken.I did find the following article on the state site that lists chicken as a popular bait to use.....

http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/blueclaw.htm
post #15 of 32
Thread Starter 
Lots of good advice.

Thanks
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