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Crawdad Mania - 2017
« on: June 16, 2017, 03:14:00 PM »
Okay a bit late here but let's do it again!

Same as last year largest crawdad measured from tip of the claw to tip of the tail and ending on the season closing October 31st.  Also, in keeping this honest only pics of live or uncooked hogcraws for the competition but any and all pics are welcome.

Winner with the largest Hogcraw gets... well I'm not sure yet but it's going to be cool.  BEER will be part of the prize :brew:

Post pics of your crawdad boils and we will vote at the end of the year for best boil.  The winner will get little surprise in the mail. :EAT:

Let the catching begin!


« Last Edit: July 19, 2017, 08:18:45 PM by Shrimper »
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Re: Crawdad Mania - 2017
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2017, 03:34:01 PM »
Lets get this party started!!!
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Re: Crawdad Mania - 2017
« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2017, 07:52:29 PM »
Should be a great year for Crawfish!!!!! Daughter keeps saying we need to get the pots out but the river has been way to high and turbulent. Best of luck to all  and may a Hogcraw find your trap! :IBCOOL:
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Re: Crawdad Mania - 2017
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2017, 08:13:10 PM »
Where's Elkpiss!??
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Re: Crawdad Mania - 2017
« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2017, 04:50:04 AM »
Put out the pots last week, 97 the first night, 97 the second night. Most were in the 5" range, not counting the claw. I have pics, but I have never posted one, don't even know where to begin. A friend found a pot on the highway and gave it to me.  It out fished the pots (70 the first night, 50 the next)I had so I made two more using it as a proto type.

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Re: Crawdad Mania - 2017
« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2017, 07:54:54 AM »
Plugger,  if you have time get pics of this crawfishin trap catching machine up! We all need an edge to catch these bugs! :tup:
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Re: Crawdad Mania - 2017
« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2017, 08:43:00 AM »
I have been out in various locations a total of 8 times and have 1 crawdad to show. I've been looking for rocks and structure, near a spillway in one instance. I use cat food, hotdogs, or chicken. Are they in just about every lake around? Am I missing something.  I'm a rookie at this so I just need to know if there's something obvious I'm not doing.

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Re: Crawdad Mania - 2017
« Reply #7 on: June 17, 2017, 09:11:22 AM »
Game on !!!!!!

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Re: Crawdad Mania - 2017
« Reply #8 on: June 17, 2017, 07:35:32 PM »
I can do that, Im off Monday, I will  take a few. There nothing special. I think its the (feelers) they used to keep the things from crawling out. Crawdads are way better at getting out of pots than shrimp, and its not close.

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Re: Crawdad Mania - 2017
« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2017, 01:37:59 PM »
Looking forward to soaking some pots over 4th July weekend.

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Re: Crawdad Mania - 2017
« Reply #10 on: June 23, 2017, 09:17:21 AM »
I tossed my home made trap off the side of the snake the other afternoon. Retrieved after a 20 hr soak. only got 15 and had to toss back 5 undersized. most were just over legal but did have a couple about 5". Used a trout from the freezer for bait, with a belly slice and a few body cuts. They didn't really tear up the trout. Thinking fresh may be better ?
How deep are you setting your traps ?

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Re: Crawdad Mania - 2017
« Reply #11 on: June 23, 2017, 10:42:07 AM »
I have been out in various locations a total of 8 times and have 1 crawdad to show. I've been looking for rocks and structure, near a spillway in one instance. I use cat food, hotdogs, or chicken. Are they in just about every lake around? Am I missing something.  I'm a rookie at this so I just need to know if there's something obvious I'm not doing.

For bait use something more oily. I mostly use salmon heads or parts I get from the grocery store. They sell it to me for $1. Also, how long are you soaking your traps? I leave mine overnight while camping by the Snake river and usually have 10-40 in each trap by morning.

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Re: Crawdad Mania - 2017
« Reply #12 on: June 23, 2017, 10:46:48 AM »
I can do that, Im off Monday, I will  take a few. There nothing special. I think its the (feelers) they used to keep the things from crawling out. Crawdads are way better at getting out of pots than shrimp, and its not close.

I use zip ties as the "feelers". I think I posted a picture in the Crawdad mania a couple of years ago. Definitely made a difference in the numbers I was pulling out.

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Re: Crawdad Mania - 2017
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Re: Crawdad Mania - 2017
« Reply #14 on: June 23, 2017, 10:59:26 AM »
I'll be putting on some of those "Feelers". Thanks for the Pic. I figured my #s were a bit low for a 20hr soak.

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Re: Crawdad Mania - 2017
« Reply #15 on: June 24, 2017, 09:55:29 PM »
Well the season has started good, had a great time camping this week and got a nice Hog Craw!
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Re: Crawdad Mania - 2017
« Reply #16 on: June 25, 2017, 06:02:32 PM »
Checked the creek in my back yard today and saw two small ones in the rocks, tossed in a trap to prospect it will post updates if a magical hogclaw shows itself!

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Re: Crawdad Mania - 2017
« Reply #17 on: June 26, 2017, 07:29:57 AM »
Might have to get a new trap this year and see what I can find local, work on the slough in woodinville, good 9 hour soak should produce a few  :tup:

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Re: Crawdad Mania - 2017
« Reply #18 on: June 26, 2017, 08:22:06 PM »
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Re: Crawdad Mania - 2017
« Reply #19 on: June 26, 2017, 08:26:32 PM »
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Re: Crawdad Mania - 2017
« Reply #20 on: June 27, 2017, 03:13:41 PM »
Nice one shrimper !!

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Re: Crawdad Mania - 2017
« Reply #21 on: June 28, 2017, 05:15:14 AM »
I have some pics but don't have a clue how to post them. If someone would like to post them pm me a number and I will send the picks. The feelers I made are a bit different. Made the smaller end of the cone separate and bent the ends up then attached the rest of the cone.

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Re: Crawdad Mania - 2017
« Reply #22 on: June 30, 2017, 07:32:50 AM »
I pulled two traps yesterday, 1st one had put a couple of the feelers on. bait hardly touched and only 5 small bugs. 3 had to go back. 2nd (I was out of zip ties so no feelers on this one) The entire fish was gone, just bones and part of the head left. Only 7 small bugs in it. Kind of bummed on that one. I will be installing feelers for the next go around. I think I had a bunch come and go from that trap.

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Re: Crawdad Mania - 2017
« Reply #23 on: June 30, 2017, 02:17:11 PM »
What do you folks typically use for bait? I was thinking of dropping a couple pots in Curlew. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Re: Crawdad Mania - 2017
« Reply #24 on: June 30, 2017, 02:31:14 PM »
Think local forage. Got bluegill around...cut one up. Fresh forage i think is best.
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