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Reds love crabs. The world record 94lb 2oz red was caught on a blue crab
 

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How do you hook blue crabs so they stay alive and how do you fish them?
1st: Remove the pinchers, this will stop them from burying in the grass and make them easier to eat.
2nd: push your hook point through the bottom of the shell, near the side horn of the crab shell
3rd: Work the hook through the top of the shell, wise to wallow out the top hole a bit to allow the hook to move as the crab does.
Work unweighted or carolina rigged...
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Had a red grouper cough one up on the deck offshore once.

The blue crab was apparently recent table fare for the grouper. I thought it would have been crushed more, but it looked like it was inhaled.
 

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A friend used a guide out of JAX and he kept crabs cold in his garage frig. that made them slow and easy to handle. He broke off the legs and pichers. Then pulled off the top shell and quartered the crab with a big knife. Then hooked crab pieces thru the leg hole for small reds and whole crab no legs crab for the Big ones. Said it worked great...
 

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I actually like to use a cracked crab better than a whole one, I think when you break them in half it releases the scent and oils which attract reds. I break off the pinchers first then if you grab and twist the top part of the shell it will come right off, then break the bottom in half and run a cricle hook through the hole wear the paddle meets the body, the meat and stuff will sling out and catfish and croaker will nibble at it but that's not a big deal. Usually just toss one out into the current with a very small weight and let it drift.
 

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If you remove only the pinchers the crab can still bury himself. You also need to rip off his 2 little flippers in the back. If you're looking into getting a bunch of crabs grab a pair or shoes you dont care about and walk the flats, when you see one step on him and pick him up. You'd be surprised how many you can catch in an hour. Or buy a trap for 35 bucks
 

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Crab Knuckles

A friend used a guide out of JAX and he kept crabs cold in his garage frig. that made them slow and easy to handle. He broke off the legs and pichers. Then pulled off the top shell and quartered the crab with a big knife. Then hooked crab pieces thru the leg hole for small reds and whole crab no legs crab for the Big ones. Said it worked great...
I learned this from the guys over at Jax as well.

The only difference is to leave the first leg joint on the crab quarter. Makes it more effective, IMO. They call it a crab knuckle.

Another trick for reds/black/drums/whatever is to use a whole crab claw. It is also deadly. C2
 

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How do you hook blue crabs so they stay alive and how do you fish them?
Most seafood markets have them alive on ice or in bags in the freezer. If they are alive and have any legs they will get you hung up. I catch my own with a dip net around any structure. Use a shovel and cut them in half don't remove any legs or pinchers run the hook thru a leg hole and burry it. Fish the bottom around any structure. You will catch more black drums in shallow water and more reds in deeper water using crabs.
 
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