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Fun Crabbing Trip 5 14 21

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Since older son has altered his work schedule and the winds and tide were in our favor,decided to take he and grandson on short crabbing trip.Last trip Wifey and I made to celebrate our 36th wedding anniversary,we fought strong SE and SSE winds but today we had slight NE winds,making our run to favorite spot an easy one!!Ran into three fishermen,two in one boat,one solo,and the solo fisherman reported boating 4 reds and a few bass and the first boat with two fishermen aboard said they released a 16 inch red.Politely went around the two gents and started setting out crab nets,thought I had enough fish carcasses for 26 nets(lost a net last crabbing trip)and think I miscounted,believe we had enough bait for about 20 nets at most.Soaked nets for about 2.5 hrs max,ended up catching 36 crabs and on our way back saw what appeared to be floating object,perhaps a bottle and lo and behold,was our crab net from last trip,lucky us!!Pool noodle we use for float was about water-logged and once I got home and Wifey boiled up our catch,set about the fun chore of dipping 14 new nets that I just strung up,compliments of fine netting I recently purchased from Gus' Netting.Crabs were small-medium with a few bursting at the seams with fat and a few 'kites but we had a blast and did try tossing soft plastics in areas that should have plenty reds,trouble is thick grass got scorched from all the Tropical Storms and Hurricanes sent our way last Tropical Season!!!Oh well,at least we came home with enough for nice feast!!!

Mandevillian
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Good you are catching some crabs there. Just wondering why are you letting them soak for that long if you are doing that? When I have run traps with a friend we may let them soak for a very short time and run them but keep running them like the whole time we have them in the water without much waiting. We are running about 30 nets.
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We tried fishing while we were crabbing and truthfully we did not leave them out too long between runs. Think we made three runs of maybe 20 nets. Miscalculated amount of carcasses I had accumulated actually coulda got older son to cut some dem fine speck,catfish,flounder carcasses into smaller pieces. Now I have incentive to hit T-Funky Trestles,etc to catch fish that donate their carcasses👍🐠🎣Was total luck that we found lost net after about two weeks. Pool noodle was pretty water-logged and just checkedi progress of nets I dipped. They are gonna be mighty fine and older son reminded me of nice cycle where once crawfishing wanes(have NOT been one time yet)crabs and specks,reds,flounders abound 🎩🐠🦀🦞

Mandevillian
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That was lucky that you found your net there. I know I keep the trout heads for my friend to use in his nets they seem to work the best of all but if the crabs are running real good we cannot let the nets sit for long or they will eat the heads up quick even having them clipped on the net good.
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Yep we may have left a few nets down tad longer than optimal and good news is we tossed skins of fish carcasses plus carcasses we baited nets with,feeding plenty crabs. Looks like work schedule somewhat busy next week and weather probably not gonna be best anyway so might have to wait til week after next to head back out. Did dip 14 nets in dat messy dip I got from Gus and that definitely stiffened up nets. Years ago met get who made his own deep-water crawfish nets and using that same idea would be very easy to make crab nets as well. Gus has everything one would possibly need and they have probably 3 thickness rings for crab nets.

Mandevillian

P.S. Got fine pic of great mixed box of fish that GB3’s son and buddy nabbed yesterday at dem Trassels. AJ has nice typical AJ You Tube where they released everything getting ready to see how me liked custom lures a gent gave him. Think they did very well.
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Got a kick outta AJ Fishes last Trestles You-Tube where he was given a few custom,not off-the-shelf soft plastic swimbaits,think he was destroying fish with em but he did say the fellow who sent him those soft plastics might need to use tougher Plastisol medium and just from watching volumes of Chris Jones' World's Worst Fishing You-Tubes have picked up a few tips for whenever older son and I finally get a chance to fashion some incredibly effective and CUSTOM swimbaits.Ole Causeway Dave might need to try some dem fine azz custom swimbaits,just saying!!!!Getting older son's fine shed cleared out in preparation for fashioning some swimbaits dat we NO DOUBT gonna toss AJ's way-neat dat he gave the gent who supplied swimbaits credit!!!Got lotta folks doing their own custom baits and from what I have been told,those baits smashing fish like NO OTHER soft plastics!!!

Mandevillian
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