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Preparing and Hooking Cracked Crab for Bull Redfish and Drum

Posted By: MathGeek

Preparing and Hooking Cracked Crab for Bull Redfish and Drum - 05/24/19 01:27 PM

Posted By: V-Bottom

Re: Preparing and Hooking Cracked Crab for Bull Redfish and Drum - 05/28/19 10:36 PM

I pop the crabs shell off first then cut it in half.
Posted By: Jerry713

Re: Preparing and Hooking Cracked Crab for Bull Redfish and Drum - 05/28/19 10:43 PM

If you want to increase the number of reds you catch remove the top shell as V-bottom mentioned. Reds don't like shells or fins.
Posted By: MathGeek

Re: Preparing and Hooking Cracked Crab for Bull Redfish and Drum - 05/31/19 02:29 PM

Originally Posted by Jerry713
If you want to increase the number of reds you catch remove the top shell as V-bottom mentioned. Reds don't like shells or fins.


Our experience is that removing the top shell does not catch more reds, but gets the bait picked apart much more quickly by sea catfish.

We prefer cutting whole market crabs in half both for faster dissemination of scent and to ensure better hook ups. Half crabs also tend to catch more gafftops, slot reds, and slot drum.

Some times whole crabs are better:
1. Crabs are on the small side.
2. Sea catfish (hardheads) are picking cracked crabs apart so quickly that frequent rebaiting is needed.
3. You prefer not to catch gafftops.
4. Crabs are in short supply. 1 whole crab will last much longer than two halves - usually lasting until you catch a fish big enough to eat it.
Posted By: Dawgpile

Re: Preparing and Hooking Cracked Crab for Bull Redfish and Drum - 05/31/19 05:35 PM

I've used both when fishing for bull reds and see both sides of the argument.

Something I've wondered but never tried...does anyone ever crush the shell? Meaning, keep a smaller crab whole but use a knife butt of something to crack the shell before sending it out.

I wonder if this would help disseminate the scent while still protecting from scavenger?
Posted By: MathGeek

Re: Preparing and Hooking Cracked Crab for Bull Redfish and Drum - 05/31/19 08:45 PM

Originally Posted by Dawgpile
I've used both when fishing for bull reds and see both sides of the argument.

Something I've wondered but never tried...does anyone ever crush the shell? Meaning, keep a smaller crab whole but use a knife butt of something to crack the shell before sending it out.

I wonder if this would help disseminate the scent while still protecting from scavenger?


Those sea catfish are relentless. Our happy medium is to break the tips off of the left and right ends of the shell.

This leaves enough structural integrity to keep the sea catfish from stealing/ruining the bait and lets some scent out.
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