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Topsail Video report 4-5-2012
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Location: 34.207N 76.949W
Wind Direction: ENE (60°)
Wind Speed: 8 knots
Wind Gust: 10 knots
Significant Wave Height: 2 ft
Dominant Wave Period: 7 sec
Average Period: 4.7 sec
Mean Wave Direction: E (90°)
Atmospheric Pressure: 30.01 in (1016.2 mb)
Pressure Tendency: +0.04 in (+1.5 mb)
Air Temperature: 76°F (24.3°C)
Dew Point: 67°F (19.4°C)
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2012 6:19 pm    Post subject: Got Crabs? Reply with quote

I was going to ask "how to catch crabs" but thought that just might be a bit much. lol

Anyway, about what time of the year do you all start blue crabbing up around MHC or Wilmington? I know further up toward NVA and MD they wait til the summer. Down in FL and GA you can almost do it 10 months out of the year. Just trying to weigh my options for the kids when it is blowing too hard to go offshore. Thx for the info.
  
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2012 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Really has to do with where you're at and the water temp. If there are crab's around they'll start potting (although slowly, until the water really warm's up) about the same time you see the turtle sunning themselve's on the log's and bank's. Shallower the water, the faster it'll warm up. Mind you it will start out slow, but a doezen or so crab's, would taste mighty good about now!!!!!! Frank  
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2012 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"but a dozen or so crab's, would taste mighty good about now!!!!!! Frank"

That's exactly what I was thinking. Appreciate the info....
  
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2012 7:02 pm    Post subject: ! Reply with quote

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"but a dozen or so crab's, would taste mighty good about now!!!!!! Frank"

That's exactly what I was thinking. Appreciate the info....



Put plenty of fresh bait (preferably oily fish) in the pot's. Be patient, they aren't moving as fast as in the summer. Let em' sit for atleast a day or so without pulling them. Of course, you could just "bite the bullet" and buy some from your local crabber. They'll taste just as good! Frank
  
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2012 11:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Put a pot in while I was working on my boat at Georgetown landing last weekend. It was in for about 6-7 hours, had about 30 in it with 18 keepers.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2012 8:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Crabs are biting in NC but are very slow right now. The shed is starting to happen and hard crabs are hard to catch when this time of year is in swing. I've been fishing 50 pots a day and catching a bushel is I'm lucky. Stone crabs are showing up good though. Had 6 lbs of claws yesterday.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2012 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

eric13 wrote:
Crabs are biting in NC but are very slow right now. The shed is starting to happen and hard crabs are hard to catch when this time of year is in swing. I've been fishing 50 pots a day and catching a bushel is I'm lucky. Stone crabs are showing up good though. Had 6 lbs of claws yesterday.

It seems I get more stone crabs on shell/rock bottoms. Can you offer any tips for targeting Stone Crabs?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2012 10:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some good baits are fish scraps from the local fish house. Fresh and free sounds good to me! Don't forget to add some beer and Old Bay when cooking.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2012 8:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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eric13 wrote:
Crabs are biting in NC but are very slow right now. The shed is starting to happen and hard crabs are hard to catch when this time of year is in swing. I've been fishing 50 pots a day and catching a bushel is I'm lucky. Stone crabs are showing up good though. Had 6 lbs of claws yesterday.

It seems I get more stone crabs on shell/rock bottoms. Can you offer any tips for targeting Stone Crabs?


Hard bottom, and fast current are key to targeting stone crabs. Also, next to bridge pilings and such are good areas for stones. Use extra irons and longer ropes when fishing hard current areas to avoid losing pots.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2012 12:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

eric13 wrote:
chumbucket wrote:
eric13 wrote:
Crabs are biting in NC but are very slow right now. The shed is starting to happen and hard crabs are hard to catch when this time of year is in swing. I've been fishing 50 pots a day and catching a bushel is I'm lucky. Stone crabs are showing up good though. Had 6 lbs of claws yesterday.

It seems I get more stone crabs on shell/rock bottoms. Can you offer any tips for targeting Stone Crabs?


Hard bottom, and fast current are key to targeting stone crabs. Also, next to bridge pilings and such are good areas for stones. Use extra irons and longer ropes when fishing hard current areas to avoid losing pots.

Thanks a bunch. Latest offshore forecast looks horrible through next week. Looks like I'll be staying inshore. Will adjust my pots to target stones and let you know how I do. Very much appreciate the willingness to help/share info. That's why FPT is such a great forum!!!!
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2012 4:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stone Crabs? Oh boy, now I have something to do this weekend instead of dragging baits in 6-8ft seas. As far as supporting the local crabber goes, I will be venturing over to the Nags head area instead of MHC this weekend, I know there is someone on this board that sells em just forgot who they are. Any contact info?

Thanks Gents. See you on the water.
  
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2012 4:38 pm    Post subject: Re: ! Reply with quote

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Put plenty of fresh bait (preferably oily fish) in the pot's. Be patient, they aren't moving as fast as in the summer. Let em' sit for atleast a day or so without pulling them. Of course, you could just "bite the bullet" and buy some from your local crabber. They'll taste just as good! Frank
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Amen on the oily - I'm coming down next week w/family & just fishing, but the Misses has already said we have to boil a pot one night - I'm willing to buy - who might be selling & where around AB/MHC or BFT - I know y'all put me on some good one's - thanks ahead of time...
  
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2012 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stones are my favorite seafood, hard to beat.  
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2012 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jaxjag wrote:
Stone Crabs? Oh boy, now I have something to do this weekend instead of dragging baits in 6-8ft seas. As far as supporting the local crabber goes, I will be venturing over to the Nags head area instead of MHC this weekend, I know there is someone on this board that sells em just forgot who they are. Any contact info?

Thanks Gents. See you on the water.


Stop by and see Willie at the fish market, just on the East end of Columbia, while you're driving through. He should have some for ya, they are starting to gear up for peeler's, so you may even be able to pick up a soft crab or two. Frank
  
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2012 2:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thx Frank.  
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2012 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

pots are out in Wilmington....
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 9:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I sell hard crabs and soft shell crabs. I have a shedding table in the back yard. Also sell stone crabs when available. Pm me if anyone would like to buy some. I am a licensed seller so you can be comfortable with the transaction. I am in brunswick county.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PM sent. Thanks.  
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