Crab Opener!!

Saturday, November 5th, 2011– It looks like it’s going to be another great crab season. I’ve heard alot of talk about the quality of crabs not being so great yet this year. But I’m here to tell you, there was nothing poor about our catch of crabs today. I think we threw back a half a dozen soft crabs or so and that was it. The size was big and their bodies were full of meat. From what I saw today, it is better quality than last year at this time. We left the dock at 5:00 a.m. to go set our pots. At 7:00 we arrived back at the dock and loaded up our patiently awaiting anglers and headed back up to ten mile beach where I set my gear. I’ve got one string in 100 ft and another string of pots in 65 ft.  It was about a 10 ft. swell so I don’t plan on leaving the shallow string in. So we started off running some of the swallow ones first. They were ok, with some yielding 10-12 keepers but out of the first 6 pots I think we averaged 5 or 6 per pot. So I thought maybe the big swell was having a negative effect so I let those pots have some more soak time and I’ll go see how my deep pots are doing. They were full. The pot in the picture was our best one producing 23 nice big crabs. The one just prior to that one scored 20 keepers. I didn’t run all of those so I could stack my shallow gear and not have to throw too many back. We went to stack our shallow gear on the boat and the first pots we ran this morning ended up averaging 12 – 15 crabs per pot!!  Nice! End score was; 27 pots for 220 crabs! Fish-On!

     Capt Randy

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