If you live near the ocean and would like to try your hand at catching blue crabs, it’s not very hard. There are metal cages that people use, however they are expensive and around half of them get left or lost out in the water, killing animals that go inside it and can’t get out.
There are what a lot of people around the Gulf use, and that’s crab nets. They are like a net basket made with a round wire around the top and a smaller one on the bottom, with 3 or 4 long pieces of twine tied to the tops of them. You will need to be out on a pier or a dock to use these. You can buy crab nets at bait shops and Walmarts around ocean areas.
How They Work
The way you use the crab net is you take your bait and tie it in the middle of the basket as it’s unfolded on the ground. You can use all kinds of different baits, but fish guts work great and are cheap. Some use chicken, which might still be worth the cost, seeing how crabs are expensive. Shark scraps stay tied on real good.
How to Use Them
Tie your strings together with something like a swivel at the end, where all 3 strings meet. These strings open and close the net when you pull on them, or pull it up and down. Then, there should be a longer string attached to those to tie to the posts or the railing around the pier or dock.
Tie your net to the railing and gently set it over the edge into the water. Let it hit the bottom, where the crabs like to go, and flatten out, giving them the opportunity to just walk right in and start take the bait. Or so they think. Every five or ten minutes, depending on how many crabs are around, pull up your trap fairly quickly and set it on the dock or in a bucket or cooler. Sometimes there will be numerous blue crabs in the net. If they are just in the net then grab them quickly, because they will run off, ha-ha, sideways.Lightly step on their back and pinch their back flippers together tightly. Now you can pick them up without pinching you.
Abundance and Regulations
Blue crabs will be all over in one certain area one day and few and far between on other days. A lot of this has to do with the tides. Some states or cities will have different regulations, such as size and limit laws. You can measure them when you catch them and see if you can keep them. Just make sure you check your traps enough for them to get caught before taking the bait!
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