Originally Posted by duncan
So tell me about crabbing with a kayak or canoe.
I prefer the canoe for crabbing. It is stable enough for me pull up my pots (125' of line) and handles the chop well. The downside is that the wind blows the canoe around more than the they kayak. A neighbor uses his Kayak and pulls a raft to transport the pots.
I would not recommend the pot shown in the picture. It is sturdy but HEAVY. The square version is lighter and works just as well unless there are strong currents where you are crabbing. Salmon heads, chicken and turkey seem to be the best bait. I've used freezer burned game and beef too. It worked.
Just a few other tips are:
- don't let go of your pot if it hasn't hit the bottom...
- have a tide table and plan your drops and pullouts around it. In some areas launching is impossible at certain tides.
-Those black/gray nitrel gloves work great and offer good protection from the jellyfish stings (they get caught up on your line).
-Your pots will get raided. It happens every year, especially around the holidays. Plenty of scumbags with boats.
-A GPS is handy for locating your pots on busy weekends during the first part of the season. It will also confirm that your pot has been raided and you'll need to look and hopefully they didn't take it...
-If you don't have a GPS take at least two visual bearings. Even in a motorboat you can spend a lot of time looking for your pots.
-I learned how to canoe in the Boy Scouts. If you don't have canoe experience learn the J stroke (to go straight without switching sides), how to unswamp a canoe if you manage to roll it and how to load the canoe. If you go alone you'll want be more centered. In pairs the heavier person goes in the back.
-Wear a personal flotation device. Its big water and people die every year thinking they can swim back to shore.
-A five gallon bucket will hold a limit of crabs. I kill and clean them when I get back to shore and boil them as soon as I get home (I only live a 1/4 mile from the beach).
-Make or buy a measuring tool
-Avoid the pinchers, it hurts and they don't let go willingly. Once pinched watch out for that other claw, it's coming for ya..