Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Giant Blue Claw Crab!

jumbo blue claw crab

Digging through some old photos I came across this picture taken of a blue claw we caught in a brackish lake near Montauk LI. To date it has to be the biggest blue crab I ever saw no less caught!
The interesting thing is how we caught crabs in this shallow lake... You simply rowed about in 8' aluminum boats and looked along the bottom and picked the crabs up with a net. The water was only 3' deep or so and the crabs were easily spotted until the water became rippled by the wind.

For those interested in where this crabbing spot is located you can find it in the town of East Hampton at Cedar Point Campgrounds. It's called Alewife Pond. I'm not sure if you can still rent boats there but it's worth a shot. You can see the small salt water feeder on this map.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

First Blue Claw Crabs of the Season!

Great news for the blue claw crab fans... We headed out to our spot in Pamlico County and caught our first blue claws of the season. With the next couple of hot days we should see an improvement. The traps were re-baited and put back in.
Guy picked up a new trap and I a 6 ft. cast net so we're ready to catch the crabs when they come in strong.
Will report!

Monday, April 27, 2009

The Mud's Warming Up!

It's been a long winter but finally we had the chance to cast net for some bunker (menhaden) and bait our crab traps. The traps were topped off with chicken bait.
I'll give a full report when we head back to the pier and see if there is any action!