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Old 06-03-2009, 08:43 AM   #1
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Getting Rid of Crabs

We currently own a piece of property with a what used to be, a 15 acre freshwater lake. Its always been full of catfish, perch and bass as well as other things. Well during hurricane Ike, the local marsh swamps over-flowed the lake dumping salt water into it. I now catch all kinds of fish including salt-water turtles. The turtles dont bother me, but we have a major blue crab problem. The freshwater fish are still in there, buit the crabs are over-running the place. I cant even set out my trot lines without the crabs eating all the perch. My question is, is there any sort of big trap I can buy or build that can take alot of these things out. I know that I cant rid myself of them all together, but im just wanting to knock them down a little bit. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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I hear gasoline works...oh wait that's a different kinda crabs...
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I hear gasoline works...oh wait that's a different kinda crabs...
That's freakin funny.
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Anyway to drain the lake? That would make the crabs move on.
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duhhhhhhh.

crab traps.
any fishing place sales them. they are high dollar. $50.00 on up.
i have two at the coast the work great.
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Old 06-03-2009, 10:51 AM   #6
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sorry for being a smart ars on that one.

fill up one cage & have a great fish & crab broil.
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I'll second that. Being from the East coast originally Blue Crabs are great. Ummmm Ummm going to have me a couple dozen in 2 weeks when I go back east to visit. If they are small build a live well and feed them cold pasta, fattens them up and the crab meat is sweet. Nothing like some cold and crabs.
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Lol! I guess I should have been more specific on the title! The crabs are very large, and we have been eating them. I have 4 small store bought traps, but they dont seem to get but 4-5 crabs each over a 2 or 3 day period. I thought about draining the lake, but im worried about losing the rest of the fish. Plus, I couldnt imagine how much it would cost to drain it.
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Use chicken necks for bait. Used to be you could tie a chicken neck on a string back home and just pull them in when they grabbed on. Are you steaming them? Lots of Old Bay and a good in the steamer
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trie using a small cast net & hit very close to the banks.
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Use chicken necks for bait. Used to be you could tie a chicken neck on a string back home and just pull them in when they grabbed on. Are you steaming them? Lots of Old Bay and a good in the steamer
That's been recommended more than once on some forums I frequent. Instead of hooks on your trot line, replace them with tied on chicken necks and just run the line slow so you don't knock any off.
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Ill have to try the chicken necks. I've been boiling alot of crawfish lately, and throwing in a few crabs while im at it. They are pretty good. They are even grabbing my spinner bait and rattle traps as they go by.
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Clint, sounds like we need a group to show up with , chicken necks and string. Have a fish/ crab cook off and drinking party.
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I showed my wife this thread and she asked "How far away is he?" Man I got my mouth all set-up for some crabs, June 18th can't get here quick enough. If you get a few, look up crab cake recipes, ummm good, same with making crawdad cakes, man that is good eating, as long as you wash it down with an ice cold .
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fast way is to get a lng piece of chicken wire ..tie the bait, chicken or what ever to inside . curce the sides up a few inches then lower into water, wait a few hours and pull out the wire slowly . should get lots that way.
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Sounds like a plan to me Daryl! I picked up some chicken wire on the way home, to try and rig something up. If someone is going to have a boiler at Katemcy June 13-14th, i'll try and bring a few.....................

The property used to be a huge sandpit, so its nice and deep. There's an early 50s dredge crane that was stuck when the pit flooded too quickly. Now its forever stuck in the water about 30ft from shoreline on one side. The crabs love to hang onto the sides of the tracks, so I guess ill put a trap there.
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Sounds like a Katemcy Crab boil. I'll bring the Propane boiler! It's big enough for several at one time. I'm getting in Tursday afternoon.

Crabs can live for several days out of water as long as they are healthy and are kept cool, moist, and stress-free. The optimal temperature is about 50 F., anything colder will ultimately kill them.

Transporting - A cooler filled with a layer of ice (or several gel packs) on the bottom is probably the best method to transport live crabs. If using ice, be sure to fasten a shelf to keep the crabs out of the melted ice water. If the crabs get into this water they'll quickly deplete the water's oxygen and will suffocate (for this same reason, never keep live crabs in a bucket of standing water.)
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I'll be out there checking the traps today. I'll snap a pic..................................
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Well, ive set out 10 traps total, and im going to check them this afternoon. Hopefully I can get yall some pics...............
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