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Re: Tanner or "Snow" Crab in Puget Sound?
« Reply #25 on: June 11, 2016, 06:12:45 PM »
I caught one shrimping this year, the reason he got in is because I open up my "openings" to my pots because I find I catch more shrimp as the bio mass moves easily into the pot :)  Never caught one before but it stood out for sure. 

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Re: Tanner or "Snow" Crab in Puget Sound?
« Reply #26 on: June 11, 2016, 08:13:16 PM »
what is the bio mass?

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Re: Tanner or "Snow" Crab in Puget Sound?
« Reply #27 on: June 12, 2016, 10:07:29 AM »
bio mass :)  Actually a commercial crabbing term meaning huge large waves of crab that can actually be stack up on top of each other.  If you are on great shrimping they can move into your pots in large groups like waves and not one by one. So the idea is make it as easy as possible for them to get in. In my opinion most shrimp pot openings are way to small. 

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Re: Tanner or "Snow" Crab in Puget Sound?
« Reply #28 on: June 12, 2016, 10:19:21 AM »
what is the bio mass?

Is actually the mass of all living things in an area and would include starfish, urchins, prawns, crabs, shrimp, the little crawly thinks that get in your bait, plankton, fish, worms, etc.

Before the starfish die-off, one reason for restricting the size of the entry holes on shrimp pots was to keep the sun stars out. From our experience locally, the sun stars seem to be pretty much gone. Also, be aware, depending on design, the larger the hole, the easier it is for critters to find their way out.


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Re: Tanner or "Snow" Crab in Puget Sound?
« Reply #29 on: June 12, 2016, 11:07:15 AM »
Bairdi are bigger, buck toothed looking, different eyes, (Bairdi are red, Opi are green), and if you have a chance to compare the taste, I personally think Bairdi are WAY better eating. 

Used to fish them commercially.  WAY before Marco came out with the King Coiler, there were no cranes, and before it was the "Deadliest Catch".  Back then it was just what you fish for between Blackcod in the fall, and Halibut in the spring. 
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Re: Tanner or "Snow" Crab in Puget Sound?
« Reply #30 on: June 12, 2016, 06:12:48 PM »
so biomass is a large mass of shrimp or crab?

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Re: Tanner or "Snow" Crab in Puget Sound?
« Reply #31 on: June 12, 2016, 06:13:24 PM »
so biomass is a large mass of shrimp or crab?
Yes for the most part


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Re: Tanner or "Snow" Crab in Puget Sound?
« Reply #32 on: June 12, 2016, 06:16:03 PM »
watch your chart plotter, that's how I try to find good shrimping on a ledge :)  Clouds!!!!!!!!!!!

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Re: Tanner or "Snow" Crab in Puget Sound?
« Reply #33 on: January 12, 2018, 11:30:29 AM »
Hello All,

Been thinking about targeting these Tanners when crabbing reopens. Living in the Bellingham area and LFS doesn't carry the Ladner Tanner pots, or at least I haven't seen them there. Did see that there is an outfit called Dungenous Gear Works in the Arlington area that may have good tanner crabs, but their phone lines are dead and no response to email. Any leads on a source?

Thanks,

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Re: Tanner or "Snow" Crab in Puget Sound?
« Reply #34 on: January 12, 2018, 12:25:08 PM »
Not sure what the regs say about pots for fishing tanner in Washington waters but I would see if LFS or Reddin could order something for you.
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Re: Tanner or "Snow" Crab in Puget Sound?
« Reply #35 on: January 12, 2018, 01:54:33 PM »
so biomass is a large mass of shrimp or crab?

We always called them a ball of crab. They ball up for protection and the mass sort of rolls like a ball. Here's a ball of King crab. The balls are usually made up of crab of a similar age group.


Tanner crab aren't always deep. When I lived in Kodiak we'd subsistence fish for them and King crab right in front of the Dog Bay harbor in 10-15 fathoms. We'd get them there in the spring and summer and early fall.
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Re: Tanner or "Snow" Crab in Puget Sound?
« Reply #36 on: January 12, 2018, 02:23:58 PM »
I make the triggers( doors ) for the commercial pots that dungeness gear works sells. Their number is 360-435-5381
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Re: Tanner or "Snow" Crab in Puget Sound?
« Reply #37 on: January 12, 2018, 03:35:51 PM »
Hi - Just spoke to Lance at DGWorks. They did make some pots, but then stopped making them, but mostly made a few batches for AK commercial use. He has had a few calls to make more, so he is thinking if he gets a few more requests, he will make a batch.  One a side note, he seems like a super nice dude.

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Re: Tanner or "Snow" Crab in Puget Sound?
« Reply #38 on: January 12, 2018, 03:41:49 PM »
Hi - Just spoke to Lance at DGWorks. They did make some pots, but then stopped making them, but mostly made a few batches for AK commercial use. He has had a few calls to make more, so he is thinking if he gets a few more requests, he will make a batch.  One a side note, he seems like a super nice dude.

Did he give any idea of the cost for them?

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Re: Tanner or "Snow" Crab in Puget Sound?
« Reply #39 on: January 12, 2018, 03:52:33 PM »

Did he give any idea of the cost for them?
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He did not. He was kinda mulling over in his head what the next design would be for a rec trap. He said his last batch were a dome structure that wasn't very good for small boat deck space and the commercial pots were 50lbs which is a bit unwieldy on small boats. The dome structure was an attempt to comply with max volume allowed in the regs. So he was thinking a 35lbs ish conical shape with the top shoot door style.  That being said, he was still gauging the interest to do it our not. 

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Re: Tanner or "Snow" Crab in Puget Sound?
« Reply #40 on: January 12, 2018, 07:37:22 PM »
OK, I have caught them although they were pretty small.  Run your boat under a bridge, go strait and then drop pots.  The only problem is that whenever I caught them I got zero dungies which is pretty tough to consistently do.

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Re: Tanner or "Snow" Crab in Puget Sound?
« Reply #41 on: January 13, 2018, 06:00:20 PM »
They are here, totally different way to fish them so it has taken a while before anyone knew.  WE also have box crab.

https://video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?fr=mcafee&p=BC+Box+Crab+fishing#id=2&vid=fb33783be518baf85174c30f45aa56cd&action=click


Very much off limits, but I have eaten them up in BC as a buddy is diver and they are unreal.....Scallops?  same deal

 

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