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Old January 28th, 2019, 03:24 PM #1
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Crabbing 101 Help?

I've done a little bit of crabbing over the years with dip nets and collapsible baskets. This year, I'd really like to fish for them with a trot line.

Can anyone give me a rundown on what basic equipment I need, where to get it, and basic tactics (where to try, time of year/day, etc.)? Or perhaps even better, maybe someone can point me to a good resource for reading about this or a video to watch.

I have a small skiff with a 40 hp motor in the lower Potomac. So I think all I need is some line, cinder blocks, floats, a net and bait...but I don't know what I don't know.

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Try The Blue Crab forum. https://www.bluecrab.info/forum/


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Old January 28th, 2019, 03:31 PM #3
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There are some good videos of people running line in MD, absolute best way would be to find someone willing to let you ride along. It's SIMPLE but also easy to waste time and money re-inventing the wheel.

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Personally, my setup is two small collapsible anchors, two homer buckets for floats. 1200 feet of trotline(think its 1/4 soft lay) I also use snoods spaces every 6 feet. Two anchor to float lines, two float to trotline chain, three sections of 3 chain. You will also need to make a prop stick.


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I run 600ft between two cinder blocks with 5/8 chain on each end.

I also have a bunch of collapsible traps and rings. I set the line and two strings of the traps/rings and pretty much spend the day going string to string.

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What you are going to find is that people prefer different snood spacing, specific propstick configurations and choice of bait (necks or razor clams) depending on the area and time of year.

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Mmmm. Crabs.

The only kind of crabs to catch in Denver are the ones you don't want.
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I used Capt Bruce (up this way) for all my gear, fair prices and he can build the line however you want or just sell the parts. I bought the line and snoods and tied my own. I have also slip knotted an entire 1,200 foot line, unless you feel the need to hearken back the olden days...... I don't recommend slip knotting necks.

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Mmmm. Crabs.

The only kind of crabs to catch in Denver are the ones you don't want.


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