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Old 02-02-2006, 03:39 PM
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Does anyone know where or how I could purchase or catch hermit crabs for bait? They are 4-5 dollars apiece at the pet store? Thanks in advance.
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Help us out a little.

What part of the country/world are you located?
What species do you intend to catch with hermit crabs?

There are probably better bait choices than hermit crabs in your area. We use fiddler crabs, sand fleas and "pass" crabs (calico and blue crabs) in central FL. There are plenty of hermit crabs to be found, but they're pretty small and people don't use them for bait. At least not that I'm aware of. Extracting the crab from the shell with anything but a hammer would be a real pain. The hammer technique would be a little messy as well.
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Wreckfish, Don't know where you hail from, but in the Northeast, we get them from the local lobstermen. Talk to them ahead of time and ask them to keep some to sell you.
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If you got time to kill, take a handful of the cheep crab traps an chicken necks. Go out on a ocean peir and have at it. You should have plenty of blues for the supper table and hermits for bait. You won't do well on hermits in backwaters.
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Best blackfish bait when you can get them...and yes, we break them with a hammer, or pliers does get messy
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Best blackfish bait when you can get them...and yes, we break them with a hammer, or pliers does get messy
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I guess they're like Asian Green Mussels in my area. Hardly anybody uses them or even knows where to find them. They make the best bait for Sheepshead I've ever used but man do they make a mess.
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The hermit crabs that are used for bait are of the aquatic variety. The terrestrial hermit crabs from the pet shop are a different animal. I've not seen the bait type for sale but I did catch a bunch in a crab trap (pot) last fall in a tidal bay.
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duckboat is correct - hermit crabs from the store are NOT aquatic. If you hook them and dunk them they will drown. If you prefer fishing with dead bait you might as well use frozen :-)
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Thanks guy for all of the advice. I'm from Southern NJ and I'm still Tautogging (togging) when the weather permits. I won't go until I can get them, somewhere. Does anyone know if they're on the sand bars in the back bays?
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We got em in Va Beach at a tackle shop for 7.50 a dozen I buy em 4 dozen at a time and keep in a 5 gal bucket full of holes under my dock. Great Tog bait
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Wreckfisher, Do you have the "jap" crabs down there like we do in Ct.? You can't turn over a rock around here without finding them under it. A big one is the size of a half dollar and the blackfish love them!
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Thanks guy for all of the advice. I'm from Southern NJ and I'm still Tautogging (togging) when the weather permits. I won't go until I can get them, somewhere. Does anyone know if they're on the sand bars in the back bays?
Hermits are best but not the only bait, when the togs are in green crabs work just fine.
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Thanks guy for all of the advice. I'm from Southern NJ and I'm still Tautogging (togging) when the weather permits. I won't go until I can get them, somewhere. Does anyone know if they're on the sand bars in the back bays?
I get them from local crab guys. They are usually abundent in or around sept. to october
You must keep them until black fishing is hot and heavy I keep them in a floating wood trap (don't forget to feed them).
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