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WhoDat
11-05-2008, 7:16 AM
Just made a run on Wed... really confused seas. Dropped 8 round pots, but couldn't pull any, due to weather. My buddy will be pulling them today... fingers-crossed...

hooookup
11-05-2008, 9:03 AM
lobsterman here. dropped 10 eclipses on monday and had double limits in 3 hours.

WhoDat
11-05-2008, 11:09 AM
Just heard from my buddy, who was out checking the pots - WFO crabs! Some of the post, the ones at 160ft, had 20 nice-sized crabs each!!!

JamesY
11-05-2008, 11:34 AM
Nice. Wish I still had my boat so I can throw down some pots. I'm thinking of going to the pacifica pier and try hoopin / snaring them

sava6e
11-05-2008, 3:43 PM
are there good places for crabbing in the bay area? i.e. from shore

WhoDat
11-05-2008, 6:20 PM
I live in Pacifica, and you can often catch them from the pier here. haven't been there in a while, but I may drop by there at lunch tomorrow. You can buy a few snares, or even borrow a hoop or two from me, if you like. I'm about a mile fro the pier.

are there good places for crabbing in the bay area? i.e. from shore

low94noma
11-05-2008, 10:09 PM
Last time I went crabbing was about a mile or two off the coast of Half Moon Bay. Drop about 5 round pots out and came home with a good number. Puget Sound with my uncle in Wahsington was a fun crabbin' time too. Drop those babies off, map em' on GPS, relax in the boat for a few, and pick em' up.

Moonclip
11-06-2008, 1:49 AM
I'd like to try, have no idea where to go or where to start in LA or OC. I got a taste of it when going lobsterung for the 1st time recently with calgunners, caught a couple as bycatch.

WhoDat
11-06-2008, 9:50 AM
You're safe a mile or so out, but make sure you keep an eye on where the dragging lanes are. There's an unofficial agreement between the draggers and crabbers - we won't drop pots where they drag, and they won't drag up our posts. I'm sure you knew this already, just posting for those who might not know it.

Also, for short soaks (i.e. a few hours), square post work well.

Last time I went crabbing was about a mile or two off the coast of Half Moon Bay. Drop about 5 round pots out and came home with a good number. Puget Sound with my uncle in Wahsington was a fun crabbin' time too. Drop those babies off, map em' on GPS, relax in the boat for a few, and pick em' up.

low94noma
11-06-2008, 8:53 PM
I've been meaning to try and do a little bit of pier crabbing too, where it is allowed. Hopefully I'll make enough within the next couple of years to get a good bay boat. I don't quite know where the dragging/crabbing boundaries are. Was with someone who knew the area. But I am glad you brought that up so I can check it out next time I make it out there.

low94noma
11-06-2008, 8:54 PM
Definitely a good time mixed with a little sal****er fishing waiting for those crab pots to fill!

Rumpled
11-06-2008, 10:45 PM
Back in the day, we used to go off the Santa Cruz Pier.
Bought a trap at Cope & McPheters(sp?) for $2.50, a bunch of line for another $2.50.
Drive to pier, buy a fishhead for 40 cents and throw it all over the side.
Drink a couple of brews, pull up and fill bucket.

Great fun back then.

WhoDat
11-16-2008, 12:37 PM
Here's some of yesterday's haul... this one pot had something like 16 keeprs. Needless to say, easy limits of huge (up to 9") crab.

http://www.fullspeedfishing.com/gallery/uploads/938/crabs1.jpg

santacruzpaul
01-03-2009, 11:55 AM
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr229/santacruzpaul/crab2.jpgJust made a run on Wed... really confused seas. Dropped 8 round pots, but couldn't pull any, due to weather. My buddy will be pulling them today... fingers-crossed...

Been a slow season here, started up above in the davenport area and worked our way down to Wilders, long soaks for a few crabs per pot,
hopefully it will pick up like it did last year at the end of the season. (that's when pic was taken)
Tight lines, Paul

otteray
01-03-2009, 12:46 PM
Back in the day, we used to go off the Santa Cruz Pier.
Bought a trap at Cope & McPheters(sp?) for $2.50, a bunch of line for another $2.50.
Drive to pier, buy a fishhead for 40 cents and throw it all over the side.
Drink a couple of brews, pull up and fill bucket.

Great fun back then.

Yep,back in the day (early 70s) we did that at night, on the Santa Cruz Wharf.
The bar was right across the wharf from where we crabbed. Convenient.

Wildhorse1966
01-03-2009, 1:03 PM
i have never been crabbing up north but down here in So Cal we go hooping and diving for lobster 2 times a week.. here are a few pics from last month btw i am in the last pic .. the other pics are my diving partners



http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc222/wildhorse1966/Lobster%202008%20Season/bugs102908005.jpg


http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc222/wildhorse1966/Lobster%202008%20Season/bugs102908004.jpg


http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc222/wildhorse1966/Lobster%202008%20Season/bugs102908002.jpg

http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc222/wildhorse1966/Lobster%202008%20Season/92908015.jpg

santacruzpaul
01-03-2009, 1:34 PM
NICE CATCH!!!!!!!!:thumbsup:

RudyN
01-03-2009, 2:44 PM
I went out about two weeks ago with my son-in-laws father. He dropped about 10-12 pots close to Pilar Point and we could have taken home about 3-4 limits. Only took our two. Cooked them later that day and they did taste good. Dungeness and a few Red Rock Crabs.

bobbyblank
01-03-2009, 2:47 PM
Looooooove crab fishin! I do most at dillon beach since it is my favorite camping location. Mosty rock crab since i use hoops, if a had room to store pots, i would go after dungies more. But i can limit on rockys out there in about 2 hours. Just quick and easy feast to catch when you have a lot of campers :).



http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u261/bobbyblank/DSC019172.jpg

http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u261/bobbyblank/DSC019232.jpg

http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u261/bobbyblank/DSC019262.jpg

bobbyblank
01-03-2009, 2:47 PM
http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u261/bobbyblank/DSC019552.jpg

http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u261/bobbyblank/DSC019752.jpg



And just for fun, a video of me with a kelp whip. I did this for HOURS! dont know why i found it so fun, but i was getting good. I was able to take cigarette packs of the top of that bottle by the end of my fun :thumbsup:

http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u261/bobbyblank/th_MOV02018.jpg (http://s170.photobucket.com/albums/u261/bobbyblank/?action=view&current=MOV02018.flv)

Wildhorse1966
01-03-2009, 3:09 PM
oh man ... anyone want to trade bugs for crab??? i am already tired of eating lobster but i love crab

JamesY
01-08-2009, 2:03 PM
I'd trade dungeness crab for spiny lobster any day!

santacruzpaul
01-08-2009, 5:34 PM
oh man ... anyone want to trade bugs for crab??? i am already tired of eating lobster but i love crab

I'll trade dungies anytime for bugs, one problem, I have to cook both critters live, and we are about 360 miles away, :(
Paul

rcfb73
01-09-2009, 1:20 PM
i have never been crabbing up north but down here in So Cal we go hooping and diving for lobster 2 times a week.. here are a few pics from last month btw i am in the last pic .. the other pics are my diving partners



http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc222/wildhorse1966/Lobster%202008%20Season/bugs102908005.jpg


http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc222/wildhorse1966/Lobster%202008%20Season/bugs102908004.jpg


http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc222/wildhorse1966/Lobster%202008%20Season/bugs102908002.jpg

http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc222/wildhorse1966/Lobster%202008%20Season/92908015.jpg



small world to see another FNNer on calguns.

i knew ive seen those pictures before!

Wildhorse1966
01-09-2009, 6:02 PM
i am not really a Fnner .. i just post there sometimes .. too much hate in that forum

zinfull
01-09-2009, 6:50 PM
I traded abalone for chicken once when at SDSU. I was poor and had unlimited air from the local dive shop so ended up catching most of my food. Crab for bug is worth driving to SD for the trade.

Jerry

Moonclip
01-19-2009, 10:41 PM
Abalone for chicken? WTF? lol

professionalcoyotehunter
01-20-2009, 7:45 AM
Looks like a lot of fun. I have only been crawdadding it is nothing of the same sport. Hope to go with you guys sometime.

megavolt121
01-20-2009, 9:55 AM
SantaCruzPaul,

Are you doing this off a boat in this area?

Glad to see another fellow SVSC member on here!

viras
01-20-2009, 10:50 AM
Abalone for chicken? WTF? lol

I think he meant Abalone for Tuna (Chicken of the Sea)? But I could be mistaken.

I've traded Lobster for some Bluefin once... it's a pretty fair trade.

zinfull
01-20-2009, 11:40 AM
Thanks viras. I did mean chicken. I was on a very limited budget (married) but could dive anytime so I had more then my share of abs and fish in the freezer. After a while you get a little tired of everything so I trade a guy at school for some chicken. Only time I ever traded. Most of the time I just gave it away to people who never tasted ab. As for lobsters they never went any where but home with me.

Jerry

santacruzpaul
01-20-2009, 4:39 PM
hey megavolt, I am a part time commercial fisherman, and also do alot of sport fishing out of Santa Cruz, Most of my sport fishing and crabbing is close to home, The seroius crabbing is up above at half moon.
see you at the range sometime,
Paul


SantaCruzPaul,

Are you doing this off a boat in this area?

Glad to see another fellow SVSC member on here!

Z ME FLY
01-20-2009, 5:10 PM
I wonder.... is there any plans for a crabbing gtg? The soCal guys had a lobster gtg why not crabs?

eric90503
01-20-2009, 6:50 PM
i have never been crabbing up north but down here in So Cal we go hooping and diving for lobster 2 times a week.. here are a few pics from last month btw i am in the last pic .. the other pics are my diving partners



http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc222/wildhorse1966/Lobster%202008%20Season/bugs102908005.jpg


http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc222/wildhorse1966/Lobster%202008%20Season/bugs102908004.jpg


http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc222/wildhorse1966/Lobster%202008%20Season/bugs102908002.jpg

http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc222/wildhorse1966/Lobster%202008%20Season/92908015.jpg


Man, those are some nice bugs... Missed it this opening day, well I guess it's not over yet. Haven't had the time to go out. Did you go out on a private boat or shore. I've only gone off of the breakwall in Redondo, got some decent limits last year, but the ones you've got are real nice.

Your getting me pumped to get the tanks filled. Now I just got to convince my friend to go with me. Nice catch!

eric90503
01-20-2009, 6:55 PM
I love crabbin', have very nice memories crabbin' up in Netarts, Oregon. Crabbed out there 3 times over the past 15 yrs. Would love to do it more often
but it's a major task to make travel arrangements.

I see there are a lot of crabber's in Santa Cruz. Are you guys getting Dungeness crab up there? Can you rent boats and traps up there for short
soaks? If so please let me know, Santa Cruz is A LOT closer than Oregon :p

RANDO
01-20-2009, 9:12 PM
I enjoy everything leading up to getting crabs.

bigboarstopper
01-27-2009, 8:52 PM
Crab has been slow in monterey. dropped 6 pots over the 3 day weekend. Two day soak not even one limit. Nobody in monterey has been scrachin much. Anybody else doin better in monterey lemme know. Im droppin 280' in the middle of the bay

Wildhorse1966
01-27-2009, 9:50 PM
Man, those are some nice bugs... Missed it this opening day, well I guess it's not over yet. Haven't had the time to go out. Did you go out on a private boat or shore. I've only gone off of the breakwall in Redondo, got some decent limits last year, but the ones you've got are real nice.

Your getting me pumped to get the tanks filled. Now I just got to convince my friend to go with me. Nice catch!



i own my own boat and in our crew we have a total of 7 boats .. so no we dont shore dive much unless we are just doing a leisure beach dive