How to Catch Crabs Using Mesh Onion Bags

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Here's an economical way to catch crabs.

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Things you need

  • Onion Mesh Bags
  • Dip Or Fish Nets With Long Handle
  • Pail
  • Raw Chicken Or Chicken Necks
  • Scissors
  • Crabbing Gloves
  • Boating Ropes Or Fish Line
  • Fishing Weights
  • Lead Weights
  • Rulers Or Measuring Stick

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    Tie fishing weights to an onion mesh bag. You can also use large weights that won't fall out.

  2. 2

    Place raw chicken in bag with weights. Chicken necks are especially good.

  3. 3

    Attach long fishing rope or line to bag.

  4. 4

    Drop bag in water from dock or pier, holding on to the line.

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    Wait a while or until you feel tugs. Crab claws get caught in mesh.

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    Pull the bag from the water.

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    Hold the bag over an empty pail.

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    Snip the bag with scissors to release crabs into the pail.

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    Measure crabs and throw back any undersized crabs.

  10. 10

    Retrieve your fishing weights to use again.

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    Dispose of the mesh bag in a trashcan.

Tips and warnings

  • Learn and obey state and local laws regarding licenses, crabbing season, times to crab, limits to the number of crabs taken, and crab-size restrictions.

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