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crab pot...

so i decided to make a crab pot since it would cost me nothing. i made it out chicken wire so it will probably last the summer but thats all im looking to get out of it since it is much thinner than a commercial pot.
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Wow! Pretty good. Are you gonna keep 'em or eat 'em? (Yum).
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eat them... im going out sunday so hopefully i will be able to have blue crab and fluke(flounder) dinner.
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*shows up on your doorstep with bib and nutcrackers in hand*

I LOVE me some blue crab...





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I say you have done a great job on this design...But I do believe you may get longer usage out this that you may think...but that is just my opinion.

Loves me some blue crabs as well ....mmmmmm with garlic butter
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Down here it's really hard to find a spot to leave one that the professional crabbers won't take it, thinking someone is infringing on "their" territory. My parents live on a canal and can't keep one right off their own dock, even.





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i would just sit and watch whos doing it then go pull up one of their pots... or better yet cut all their bouys off
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Used to live on the East coast, and yeah, crabs are pretty awesome.

When I was a kid we used to tie bits of chicken to stakes, and then just every few minutes drag them to shore and scoop up the crabs with a net. Took a bit more effort, but seemed to work pretty well for getting a meal.
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i would just sit and watch whos doing it then go pull up one of their pots... or better yet cut all their bouys off
Ih yeah.. I like the sound of that since I know I would do the same thing...Bam...how do you (them that is) those apples, little sour ehh
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Down here it's really hard to find a spot to leave one that the professional crabbers won't take it, thinking someone is infringing on "their" territory. My parents live on a canal and can't keep one right off their own dock, even.
Put out your pot and instead of using a buoy get a line that sinks and stake it off in knee-deep water (somewhere you'll remember ) or tie it somewhere fairly hidden on the dock, maybe even beneath the waterline if possible.

Barring that, a crab snare might do the trick, depending on where you live and how bold the crabs are. Here in central CA the dungees and rock crabs are pretty fearless so that makes them easy to snare. These things are very popular off certain piers.

All you have to do is cast it out with a big, stout rod (surf rods work best) packed tight with sinkers and bait. Let it soak for a few minutes and reel it in firmly but STEADILY is the key here. If you try and do the pull-reel-pull-reel thing like you do with fish then it will relax the snares and you'll lose the crabs. Also try and cast it into the same general area every time so that the smell from previous casts still helps them find your current location.

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Wow I've never seen a snare like that! I don't know if that would work for blue crab or not? They're pretty fast.

Snaring wouldn't work for my parents though as there are too many mangrove roots and oyster beds to work around, stuff would snag and get shredded on the oyster shells.

I've been trying to talk them into trying another trap under the dock. My dad just doesnt feel like fooling with it especially as my mom has forbidden him from pulling the trap up on the dock or in the back yard to check it (something about it *might* smell [joke for anyone who's ever smelled a crab trap w rotten bait]) so he'd have to launch the boat... blah blah blah.

Sooooo... I still need a blue crab fix. LOL





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