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Crabbing Holden Beach
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August 28, 2014 6:20 pm EDT
Location: 34.207N 76.949W
Wind Direction: WSW (240°)
Wind Speed: 14 knots
Wind Gust: 16 knots
Atmospheric Pressure: 29.98 in (1015.3 mb)
Air Temperature: 82°F (27.8°C)
Dew Point: 69°F (20.4°C)
Water Temperature: 81°F (27.1°C)

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HoldenBeachRoss
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2013 12:30 am    Post subject: Crabbing Holden Beach Reply with quote

Hey all! New to the forum and hoping y'all can assist me with a crabbing question. Ill be staying out in Holden beach for a week coming up in 2 weeks with some family. Id like to do some recreational crabbing. Any recommendations of local holes where i may have some luck? Not terribly familiar with the area, but had some small success with the ol chicken neck on string technique (maybe 15 crabs in 1.5 hours).

Also any other ways of catching them? Are hoop nets and other traps legal for recreational crabbing?

Thanks for your help!
  
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CoastalCarolina
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2013 1:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I keep pots in around Sunset Beach. I don't find any "hole" or area better than another. Actually, necking 15 in 90 minutes is pretty good.  
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dpwats12
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2013 9:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not sure what the laws are these days on crab pots, but I use to have two at my aunts house in Holden. She lives in the ICW and I would bait them up with chicken necks or some of the pinfish that I caught from her pier. I would drop the pots in front of the pier, and I could usually catch enough to eat on for a nite or two. Some times I would catch so many that I would boil them and put them in freezer bags, them when I got home I picked them out and made crab cakes. Man I just realized how much fun I had doing that. Might have to get after some the next time I go down. Good luck!  
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CoastalCarolina
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2013 10:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

From a dock or control (rental) you are permitted 2 pots without a RCGL needed.  
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crabman00
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2013 10:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pretty sure you can only use one pot from your dock without the RCGL, then you can use 5.

http://portal.ncdenr.org/c/document_library/get_file?uuid=a16f5e05-8ba1-4c34-99c8-31e5feadf9d9&groupId=38337
  
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chumbucket
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2013 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

crabman00 wrote:
Pretty sure you can only use one pot from your dock without the RCGL, then you can use 5.

http://portal.ncdenr.org/c/document_library/get_file?uuid=a16f5e05-8ba1-4c34-99c8-31e5feadf9d9&groupId=38337


correct. 1 pot without an RCGL, 5 with
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2013 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We had good luck with some left over steak and a rod and reel, hook the strips of steak on with a weight, cast out and reel back very slow. Bring the crabs up to the top and net them. Worked for us.
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HoldenBeachRoss
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2013 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys for your help! Like the idea of using the steak on a stick! Similarly, I catch a lot of dungeness crab out here in california using a crab snare. any idea if these puppies are legal out in NC?  
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