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Old 10-15-2016, 11:21 AM   #1
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Just checked my traps. 2 legal claws and 7 ramora. Ha!
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Old 10-16-2016, 06:04 AM   #3
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We are tied on claws. You beat us on ramoras.
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I'm checking mine today, will have report tomorrow.
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Old 10-17-2016, 05:27 PM   #5
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I'm checking mine today, will have report tomorrow.
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Its gotten rediculous how many traps there are now. Wish i knew about this 20 years ago. Commercial guys have ruined my area(140 traps for one guy).
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Old 10-17-2016, 08:16 PM   #7
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12 claws and five blue crabs. Not too good.
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Old 10-17-2016, 09:15 PM   #8
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Its gotten rediculous how many traps there are now. Wish i knew about this 20 years ago. Commercial guys have ruined my area(140 traps for one guy).
It's like a damn minefield down there.
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And add getting poached onto the number of traps. Been doing it for 4 yrs and its more and more discouraging every year
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Old 10-18-2016, 08:34 AM   #10
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And add getting poached onto the number of traps. Been doing it for 4 yrs and its more and more discouraging every year
A couple of things I do. I have a tag with my info attached in plain sight right on my buoy. I used a blank cattle tag and wrote my info on it and zip tied it to the rope above the bouy. This at least keeps honest mistakes from happening and makes it more personal and removes any doubt that if someone else pulls your trap that they know they are in the wrong and the ass whipping they get if they get caught shouldn't be a surprise. I also zip tie the lids closed, it doesn't keep anyone out but at least if the zip tie is gone you know that your trap has been pulled.
We enjoy doing it and have a really good system now after doing it for 3 years. Last year we ended up with over 400 claws out of 10 traps.
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Old 10-19-2016, 08:07 PM   #11
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A couple of things I do. I have a tag with my info attached in plain sight right on my buoy. I used a blank cattle tag and wrote my info on it and zip tied it to the rope above the bouy. This at least keeps honest mistakes from happening and makes it more personal and removes any doubt that if someone else pulls your trap that they know they are in the wrong and the ass whipping they get if they get caught shouldn't be a surprise. I also zip tie the lids closed, it doesn't keep anyone out but at least if the zip tie is gone you know that your trap has been pulled.
We enjoy doing it and have a really good system now after doing it for 3 years. Last year we ended up with over 400 claws out of 10 traps.
Add a 6 inch piece of lead pipe between two knots half way down your line to jam commercial puller. They will cut the Buoy on that one and leave the rest alone.
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Old 10-20-2016, 01:44 AM   #12
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then what? The crabs and anything else in the trap just starve to death?
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then what? The crabs and anything else in the trap just starve to death?
That's why the traps must have a "chew out" so that the traps don't become a forever kill box.
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Old 10-20-2016, 01:33 PM   #14
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Went out on Monday got 18 claws. I'm harvesting them by hand, not trapping.


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Old 10-21-2016, 06:35 AM   #15
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How often do you check your traps? What's the longest you leave them without puling them?
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How often do you check your traps? What's the longest you leave them without puling them?
We seem to have settled on about every 2 weeks. I don't like to go more than that and will sometimes check them more often, just depends on the weather, work, etc.
I remember the first year that we had traps we were checking them every 3-5 days at first, that gets old fast and we have a good system now and the worst part of it all is bringing the nasty traps back home at the end of e season.
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Anyone do this successfully in the broward county area?
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Anyone do this successfully in the broward county area?
Lol where would you want to eat a crab from in Broward??
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Went to Joes Thursday and Friday and claws were average. Also catch them by hand and with my pitbull in the water we have had days where we have caught $500-1000 in jumbo claws in holes
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Lol where would you want to eat a crab from in Broward??
I thought was something you paid for by the hour for in Oakland park
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