Crab for Bait??

Has anyone tried the crabs you see along rock walls for bait, ie for snapper???

 

 

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I am still waiting for my

Tue, 2010-07-13 22:21

I am still waiting for my first snapper, but I think I’ve seen it mention here, that those rock crabs supposed to one of the best bait for them. Never tried, thought.  How do you even put the bugger on the hook?

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i have heard of people using

Tue, 2010-07-13 22:38

i have heard of people using them for a range of fish, snapper , bauldies , dhuies and more with a reasonable success rate.but i think its more the crabs you get on the beaches but i cant see why they wouldnt work. to bait them up you just put a single hook through the tail flap through the top shell. they will stay alive for quite a while

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may or may not help

Tue, 2010-07-13 22:38

may or may not help but.... 

What I do with the little rock crabs you find in the river is I pull off one of their back legs and slot the hook in the and bring it back out throught the underside of the crab

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I also heard that gluing a

Tue, 2010-07-13 22:51

I also heard that gluing a circle hook with some araldite to the shell is a goer, unfortunately I didnt get a chance for a snapper bash this storm but that was my plan!

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I use to chase baldies with

Wed, 2010-07-14 00:15

I use to chase baldies with crabs.  I get them off the wall at Hillaries.  They will stay alive overnight easy.  Break off a back leg, put a hook in and thru the shell as Davy said.

Then hang on!

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Whats the best "crab

Wed, 2010-07-14 06:32

Whats the best "crab catching" technique?

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bucket

Wed, 2010-07-14 06:53

Wedge a bucket into the rocks with a few good holes in the lid and then put a few mulies in and go for a fish for a while, little buggers can get in but can't get out.

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Up here the glue tricks is also suppose to work

Wed, 2010-07-14 07:59

Mostly for bluebone that love them. Get a few spanner crabs, glue a circle onto the back.

Now I sound like an expert but I HAVENT CAUGHT ONE OF THE BUGGERS YET!!!!

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Crabs are great bait for all sorts of fish, especially at this

Wed, 2010-07-14 08:23

time of the year when the fish come in closer looing for things like crabs that are washed off the rocks by storms.

It is quite easy to make a crab spear with a coat hanger.

There are a few different ways to bait up a crab. You can put a circle hook right through the centre of its body with the point coming out through the top. You can also remove some of the legs, making sure to leave the last joint before the carapace. It is then just a matter of threading the hook through one of the joints and out of another.

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I read somewhere its ideal

Wed, 2010-07-14 15:00

I read somewhere its ideal to remove the legs, as a fish will sometimes run with crab without actually taking the whole crab.

Has anyone had this problem??

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Can't say I have John

Wed, 2010-07-14 15:10

But the old bream fishos always pulled all the legs off.

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would you put them on live

Wed, 2010-07-14 15:16

would you put them on live collin???

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Don't tell Peta

Thu, 2010-07-15 08:55

But yes

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I like the bucket trap

Wed, 2010-07-14 19:25

I like the bucket trap Adam, I use a fiberglass pole with a nylon loop at the end.  I tie on a piece of squid at the tip of the rod and when they come in for a bite, I just tighten the loop.  Kids get all excited everytime we get one.

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Dunno Alfred, sure Adam has

Wed, 2010-07-14 19:45

Dunno Alfred, sure Adam has a different perspective, but isn't his approach an automatic fail because its not going to make the kids tired?

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It will be great for when

Wed, 2010-07-14 21:01

It will be great for when the kids get sick of it and I need crabs! LOL!

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we go and ask bulk sea food

Thu, 2010-07-15 08:41

we go and ask bulk sea food suppliers like Burswood seafood, to take the legs and nippers off their Blue Manners for us.  We normally get a whole bag of them and have huge success with the Baldies and Tuskies up north.  You just need to give them a few days notice.  I think they normally throw them out.  I recon they only charge $5-10 or so, definately worth it.

 

 

we just break up the legs and swimmers  and thread them onto the hook and they can't resist!!