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Offline NRA4LIFE

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Re: Crab!
« Reply #50 on: July 10, 2017, 06:06:34 PM »
I agree singleshot.  I don't ever remember when the tribes and commercial were allowed to crab during the sport season.  Jesus, we have only 2 months now, let us have it.  I can see no fall/winter season this year also.  Last week made me sick to my stomach seeing all those pots.

And to the A-holes putting pots in the river and mouth of the Snohomish last Thursday, you probably shouldn't have been out there in your puny little dinghy's anyway.  Get a clue!  I sure hope it wasn't any of you guys/gals.
Look man, some times you just gotta roll the dice

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Re: Crab!
« Reply #51 on: July 10, 2017, 07:29:01 PM »
Non-tribal commercial crabbers haven't been out since March and won't be able to go again until the fall.
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Re: Crab!
« Reply #52 on: July 11, 2017, 11:28:09 AM »
This thread is depressing me and is talking me out of spending money on a bigger boat. If all of this is true then it seems bleak for crab. I haven't read very much optimistic about the salmon season. I don't see needing an 18' boat to fish planters in the local lakes. Anyone got some good news here?

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Re: Crab!
« Reply #53 on: July 11, 2017, 11:29:00 AM »
Nope! Sorry.

I do plan to give it a go this weekend.
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Re: Crab!
« Reply #54 on: July 11, 2017, 11:38:11 AM »
This thread is depressing me and is talking me out of spending money on a bigger boat. If all of this is true then it seems bleak for crab. I haven't read very much optimistic about the salmon season. I don't see needing an 18' boat to fish planters in the local lakes. Anyone got some good news here?

Good news, crabs are cyclical and will bounce back.  Also, my family has been doing decent, but not great, out of Everett. 

Other good news: there will be lots of places to catch salmon this year.  Neah has fish now.  There will be fish to be caught in the sound, GH, Willapa, and Columbia with your 18' boat starting very soon.

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Re: Crab!
« Reply #55 on: July 11, 2017, 11:59:31 AM »
My FIL and I set pots in A9 over the weekend.  Saturday was a complete bust, 3 crab in 4 pots.  Was so bad I almost pulled the pots and boat and called it.  But we rebaited, moved the pots a bit and let them soak overnight.  Ended up with both of our limits.  We threw back 2 keepers and 4 softshells that were legal size. 

Side note, I spotted 5 pots floating in over 400ft of water on Saturday.  Tides were ripping this weekend which I also think slowed the crabbing. 

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Re: Crab!
« Reply #56 on: July 11, 2017, 01:00:31 PM »
We crabbed area 6 this last weekend.    Friday thru Monday.   We had 4 pots in and wound up with 42.  50 ft. deep.   Almost all Dungeness.  And we had more bigger crab than I usually see.
Hopefully things will continue to be this good for a couple of weeks.

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Re: Crab!
« Reply #57 on: July 14, 2017, 08:37:39 AM »
Quick pre-work crab run this am.  I had the place to myself, just me and the ferries.  I'm sure that is about to change in a day or 2.

Two hour soak results in 1 legal crab.  Dismal.   :rolleyes:

But you can't beat the views and the boat ran like top.


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Re: Crab!
« Reply #58 on: July 14, 2017, 09:19:25 AM »
Bummer, 1 crab is the worst.  Enough to get the boat and cooker dirty but not enough to do much with.

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Re: Crab!
« Reply #59 on: July 14, 2017, 03:01:33 PM »
I'm putting out pots again this weekend, fingers crossed for my first legal crab of the season..... :bash:
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Re: Crab!
« Reply #60 on: July 14, 2017, 06:26:43 PM »
Jmscon, look at the rules.  Tribal and commercial pots were everywhere last weekend and legal.
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Re: Crab!
« Reply #61 on: July 14, 2017, 08:50:25 PM »
Jmscon, look at the rules.  Tribal and commercial pots were everywhere last weekend and legal.

February 17, 2017 5:30 PM area 2-E (8-1, 8-2) closed to commercial crabbing.
March 20, 2017 Effective Immediately, area 2-W (9) closed to commercial crabbing.

WAC 220-52-046
Commercial crabbing is allowed in Puget Sound October 1 through April 15

Good luck trying to find out when Tribal fishing is allowed!
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Re: Crab!
« Reply #62 on: July 14, 2017, 09:11:19 PM »
as stated earlier in this thread, last week was strictly a tribal opener.......

this was in 8-2 on a 5 hr soak today. had 2 pots out both looked like this, they are there, I just changed up things a little. it is not the slam dunk it was the last couple of years. 


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Re: Crab!
« Reply #63 on: July 17, 2017, 08:36:10 AM »
Found the crab again:


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Re: Crab!
« Reply #64 on: July 17, 2017, 08:52:57 AM »
Same here. Went out yesterday, night and day difference.
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Re: Crab!
« Reply #65 on: July 17, 2017, 02:43:50 PM »
You guys think the huge tides were a factor last weekend?  Seems like they were for me.  If they werent soaking for a couple of slack tides, then there werent any crab in the pots.

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Re: Crab!
« Reply #66 on: July 17, 2017, 08:14:33 PM »
You guys think the huge tides were a factor last weekend?  Seems like they were for me.  If they werent soaking for a couple of slack tides, then there werent any crab in the pots.

Too much current isn't good.  Other than that I haven't found that it matters much.  I don't usually leave the pots for more than 2 hours unless I'm off fishing.  They will find a way out of the pot if you leave them long enough.


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Re: Crab!
« Reply #67 on: July 27, 2017, 11:28:52 AM »
It's turning into a pretty good crab season after all.


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Re: Crab!
« Reply #68 on: July 28, 2017, 11:41:41 AM »
We got about 25 keepers in 4 pots off Camano. Looks like they are back.

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Re: Crab!
« Reply #69 on: July 28, 2017, 04:41:07 PM »
Thats great there are still some crab up north. 8)
Areas 10-13 are overfished and should be closed.

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Re: Crab!
« Reply #70 on: July 29, 2017, 09:24:32 AM »
It's been bad for us in 8-1 also. Tribal guys everywhere
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Re: Crab!
« Reply #71 on: July 30, 2017, 08:33:28 AM »
Went yesterday in area 7 , had 30 keepers in a 3 hr soak, kept 20
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Re: Crab!
« Reply #72 on: July 31, 2017, 08:52:41 AM »
Thats great there are still some crab up north. 8)
Areas 10-13 are overfished and should be closed.

I can't speak to the others, but we're still doing fine in 10.  It's not MA 7 good, but it never has been.  Pretty crazy to me how many pots are out in any given weekend, but there's still keepers to be had.  We got 9 yesterday in 4 pots x two pulls.  A few were 7+ inches.   :dunno:

Headed to MA 7 on Friday.  That's always a different story. 

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Re: Crab!
« Reply #73 on: July 31, 2017, 08:56:09 AM »
Fished 8-1 yesterday for a quickie and did ok.  Tons just below legal but we did get our legal ones and they were much larger than legal.  It certainly paid to have good bait and fish where others weren't.

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Re: Crab!
« Reply #74 on: August 06, 2017, 04:51:42 PM »
8-1 again with some friends in town, averaging 1.5 keepers per pot.  Not red hot, but plenty of crab for immediate use.  Having your pots in during the slack really helped with the tides this weekend.

 

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