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Old January 28th, 2019, 05:19 PM #21
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Once a year in August or September we pitch in with some other Maryland refugees and have a bushel of crabs overnighted to us then have a big crab feast. I always make pit beef for it and we have grilled corn with Old Bay. Last year we even had Berger Cookies.
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Chicken wings for bait? Hell, I eat chicken wings.

Reminds me the first time I went surf fishing down in Port Aransas, Texas for Pompano. Everyone was using shrimp for bait. Shrimp for bait? Hell... I eat shrimp too.

What's a cheap(er) bait for trot lines?

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Some years ago, a friend of mine and I use to do a little crabbing on the Patuxent. We would usually run one trot line, occasionally we would run a second line running at a right angle from the first.

As already posted by others it is easy to set up once you have seen it done. The idea is to have the baited line resting on the bottom weighted on each end with a chain. We used cinder blocks for the float weights and empty two and a half gallon cooking oil jugs for the floats. So, the setup we used went like this. Cinder block, line long enough to reach float, then enough line to reach the bottom with a three-foot length of chain at the end. The trot line had a brass clip that would be attached to the end of the chain. We would run the line out in a straight line, having the line straight is important, then connect the trot line to the same setup on the other end. Chain, line to float, float, then line to anchor weight.

We used bull lips for bait. We would lay them out on a tray and place them in a freezer till they firmed up. Then used a meat slicer to cut them into slips. The first baiting of the season had a six-foot spacing, after that we would add bait between, giving a three-foot spacing, and we used slip knots. The trot line was kept in a bushel basket and when not in use it was stored in the deep freezer basket and all.

When it was time to crab, the bushel basket with the trot line came out of the freezer and was left to thaw. If we were in a hurry, we would just run the hose on it for a few minutes.

We had a bent pipe with an old plastic spool clamped on the side for the line to run on.

To say what we used was redneck engineering would be a compliment, but it worked for us.
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Seems that it's easier for two people do go out and run/retrieve crabs off a trotline. One driving the vessel; the other working the line.

Do some recreational crabbers have a system that works if they're solo?

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I don't like going at it alone, same with hunting, I'm mostly there to bullshit and complain about conditions and how much better (insert better year) was.

Here's a buddy helping me pull slack. During this day I almost pitched him off the boat, then we ran out of gas, then later in the morning he all but put me in the water while maneuvering.

Actually ran out of gas twice that summer, fortunately I lived on the water only about a mile up river from where we usually set up, made my wife run us out fuel.
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Seems that it's easier for two people do go out and run/retrieve crabs off a trotline. One driving the vessel; the other working the line.

Do some recreational crabbers have a system that works if they're solo?

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It is easier to have two people on the boat. However, the one dipping the net also ran the boat. That way they could keep the boat next to the line. The second person would cull thru the baskets and toss the undersize back. Then when it came time to pickup the line the second person would pull it in and lay it nicely in a basket while the other piloted the boat.
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