Every saltwater fisherman has had this problem when fishing Mobile Bay. You've got something heavy on the line, it's not fighting, but it's hanging on and heavy to pull in. A hang up? Nope, it's one of those big blue crabs that Mobile is known for.
Now what do you do? Well, many anglers dangle the rod in the air hoping he'll drop off while others scoop a net underneath and hope to catch more. If crabs are what you're after, there's an easier way to fill the freezer than using cut bait, dead shrimp or a gulp.
I've been crabbing from my kayak for nearly two years now and have tried most methods stinkpots use to catch crabs. Within that time, there have been lessons learned - some the hard way and others through common sense.
Alabama State Law
If you're crabbing in Alabama, you've got recreational crabbing laws you must follow.
are other Alabama recreational crabbing laws, these are the main ones.
For further information and areas to crab, see www.outdooralabama.com
thing we all have in common with crabbing from a kayak is limited space. So choosing
your trap or traps is an important choice.
Okay, this is a gimme, but I figured I'd better cover it for those who've never crabbed before. You've got two choices - Chicken necks or fish. I usually use a small croaker that I'll catch while fishing. Just cut it a few times so it's bloody and tie it in the bottom of your trap. Chicken necks work just a well. But hey, the croaker is free!
Crabbing from your Yak
As I stated earlier, I just attach a line to my trap and drop it over the side while it's attached to my yak.Yet I've also run 5 traps at a time. For the serious crabber, this the way you're going to get gallons of crabs to bring home.
I will set my traps about 50 feet apart with the buoys floating. Remember, don't drop your trap among the commercial crab traps or they'll run over them. Find an open area where no one's crabbing. Check your traps as you feel. But do it often. If you're not using crab pots the crabs will eat and leave. This will require a lot of paddling back and forth. Which means less time fishing. I've found using one trap hanging on my yak works just as well and I bring home crabs and fish. I'm also not as tired from paddling all day and pulling traps 5 traps every 30 minutes.
At the price of crabmeat, catching your own crabs is more than fun; it gives you ingredients for gumbo or a large crab boil. So try it!
"Outfitting A Kayak For Crabbing"by Chuck Espiritu
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