collapse

Advertisement


Author Topic: Itís almost Crab time!  (Read 2942 times)

Offline h20hunter

  • Global Moderator
  • Trade Count: (+10)
  • Explorer
  • *****
  • Join Date: Jan 2010
  • Posts: 19478
  • Location: Lake Stevens
Re: Itís almost Crab time!
« Reply #30 on: July 20, 2020, 02:59:17 PM »
Correct! In my diving days we fed many a crab to the gpo....giant pacific octopus.

Offline magnanimous_j

  • Political Topics
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Old Salt
  • ******
  • Join Date: Jan 2009
  • Posts: 8660
Re: Itís almost Crab time!
« Reply #31 on: July 20, 2020, 03:17:04 PM »
The octopus traps are separate.

From what I understand, what you do is get about a foot of 2-3" PVC pipe and an end cap. Put some concrete in the closed end so that when you throw it in the water, it will be more likely to land straight up, with the opening at the top. A couple holes at the top and a rope loop connect it to the float. Apparently, the octopus hide in there at night and if you can pull them up fast enough, they won't try to escape.

I've caught baby octopus while squid jigging, but I've never went after the big ones, and octopus are a very sustainable and under-harvested resource in the Sound (and one of my favorite foods).

I think they are best caught first thing after an overnight soak, so I was curious if any crabbers took an octopus trap or two along with them.

Offline h20hunter

  • Global Moderator
  • Trade Count: (+10)
  • Explorer
  • *****
  • Join Date: Jan 2010
  • Posts: 19478
  • Location: Lake Stevens
Re: Itís almost Crab time!
« Reply #32 on: July 20, 2020, 03:20:17 PM »
Not real likely in my experience.  Of all the octos ive interacted with and seen its not an area made for crabbing. Sure there is some crossover and eold be cool to experiment with.

Offline luvmystang67

  • Past Sponsor
  • Trade Count: (+3)
  • Sourdough
  • *****
  • Join Date: Oct 2010
  • Posts: 1793
  • Location: Snohomish
Re: Itís almost Crab time!
« Reply #33 on: July 20, 2020, 03:27:09 PM »
Maybe we should do an octopus-pot making party.



Offline magnanimous_j

  • Political Topics
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Old Salt
  • ******
  • Join Date: Jan 2009
  • Posts: 8660
Re: Itís almost Crab time!
« Reply #34 on: July 20, 2020, 04:19:40 PM »
Those mesh bags are probably a godsend.

The octopus is one crafty animal. Getting it out of the water is only the first part. They will enthusiastically try to escape until they are put to sleep.

Offline Jake Dogfish

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Longhunter
  • *****
  • Join Date: May 2017
  • Posts: 515
  • Location: Des Moines
Re: Itís almost Crab time!
« Reply #35 on: July 20, 2020, 07:08:57 PM »
Sounds like it would be fun! Does the tube opening face down or up?  Would it be legal to leave one out overnight?

Offline Stein

  • Trade Count: (+3)
  • Old Salt
  • ******
  • Join Date: Sep 2013
  • Posts: 7208
Re: Itís almost Crab time!
« Reply #36 on: July 20, 2020, 07:25:56 PM »
They are about the same high intelligence as a cat, occasionally you can get one in a shrimp pot but they are way too smart for a pipe.  No skeleton and they fit through an opening a mouse would envy.

When I dove we found them cruising the bottom hunting, very cool to see them in action.  A buddy got tangled in one and it was funny trying to get 8 legs off with my two arms.  I only saw them at night, and I can count them on one hand over 300 dives.

The aquarium has videos of one unscrewing a jar lid to get some treats.

I do like to eat them though and would be happy to find one in a pot.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

Offline magnanimous_j

  • Political Topics
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Old Salt
  • ******
  • Join Date: Jan 2009
  • Posts: 8660
Re: Itís almost Crab time!
« Reply #37 on: July 20, 2020, 07:41:17 PM »
Sounds like it would be fun! Does the tube opening face down or up?  Would it be legal to leave one out overnight?

Up, I think. And yes, you can soak it overnight. In fact, I think that's the traditional method.

Like squid, they are are short lived, have tons of young and are about as sustainable as seafood gets. The Puget Sound is one of the best places for them, and the regs say you can take 1 per day all year long, but for some reason, nobody goes for them.

When I used to squid jig on Les Davis Pier, Asian ladies would walk up and down the dock trying to buy them off the fishermen.


Offline Brushcrawler

  • Trade Count: (+6)
  • Scout
  • ****
  • Join Date: Mar 2016
  • Posts: 375
  • Location: West side
Re: Itís almost Crab time!
« Reply #38 on: August 02, 2020, 06:57:25 PM »
It seems a little ambiguous in the shellfish regs as to whether you can use traps/pots. From page 134:
ďMust be caught with hands or instrument which does not penetrate the octopus, except that octopus taken while angling with hook and line may be retained.Ē

Has anyone actually confirmed allowable methods with WDFW?
There is not enough wilderness left in the world, or in the hearts of men.

Offline jstone

  • Political Topics
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Frontiersman
  • *****
  • Join Date: Jul 2009
  • Posts: 4109
Re: Itís almost Crab time!
« Reply #39 on: August 03, 2020, 05:52:16 PM »
The wife and I are going to try crabbing for the first time this Sunday for her birthday. We are going out of the Tacoma area. Any info would be great. The best bait, hint on a spot? How deep to put the pots? We are borrowing a couple pots from her coworker.

Thank you for any info And ideas if I forgot something

Offline jstone

  • Political Topics
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Frontiersman
  • *****
  • Join Date: Jul 2009
  • Posts: 4109
Re: Itís almost Crab time!
« Reply #40 on: August 09, 2020, 05:12:54 PM »
Great day on the water.
Lots of rock crabs but sunny and warm. Lots of salmon fishing going on.!!

Offline CP

  • Trade Count: (+3)
  • Old Salt
  • ******
  • Join Date: Mar 2008
  • Posts: 5085
  • Location: Everett
Re: Itís almost Crab time!
« Reply #41 on: September 03, 2020, 04:12:42 PM »
That's probably my last pot for the summer season.  2 hour soak and they sucked almost all the bait out of the baskets. 

Offline throwingsticks

  • Political Topics
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Longhunter
  • *****
  • Join Date: Dec 2017
  • Posts: 675
  • Location: 407
Re: Itís almost Crab time!
« Reply #42 on: September 03, 2020, 04:39:25 PM »
That's probably my last pot for the summer season.  2 hour soak and they sucked almost all the bait out of the baskets.
nice I normally fish 7S so we will get out a few more times this season, plus the winter if we get one. I think the boat count is around 130 crab this year, but we almost always take out friends and share tons of crab.

Offline JohnVH

  • Giggidy
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Sourdough
  • *****
  • Join Date: Feb 2011
  • Posts: 1906
  • Location: PNW
Re: Itís almost Crab time!
« Reply #43 on: September 04, 2020, 08:13:17 AM »
7N has sucked, they let the commericals go right before us, then they let them go again this week, hardly worth crabbing this year.  We usually limit out in one hour, I tried for 4 hours friday and only got 6. Dissapointing.

 


* Advertisement

* Recent Topics

Blacktail sign in clearcuts by Aginor
[Today at 12:58:30 AM]


Colockum 6x6 by wheels
[Today at 12:35:51 AM]


Oil sheep tag by wheels
[Today at 12:30:00 AM]


Help needed, Knight Muzzleloader by greenhead_killer
[Yesterday at 11:25:01 PM]


Lessons from the high hunt the good the bad and the ugly by bigelk1030
[Yesterday at 11:21:56 PM]


First lite brooks down sweater by jakeweb
[Yesterday at 11:01:57 PM]


Midsouth has H1000 as of 09/21/20 by b23
[Yesterday at 10:47:33 PM]


ISO Hornady 7mm 162 eldx bullets by Limhangerslayer
[Yesterday at 09:35:09 PM]


wtb: muzzleloader by bearbaito6
[Yesterday at 09:13:47 PM]


Will the deer still be there? by Birdguy
[Yesterday at 09:05:52 PM]


High Buck - Some Observations by actionshooter
[Yesterday at 09:03:33 PM]


Coho, areas 9 and 10, 2020 by Stein
[Yesterday at 08:34:39 PM]


FS - Closed Reed Predator Call - Bocote by Trapper John
[Yesterday at 08:28:24 PM]


Who gets an OTC bull every 1-2 years? Any state... by dewandgin
[Yesterday at 08:22:50 PM]


FREE: Autobody/sheet metal tools by Trapper John
[Yesterday at 08:08:54 PM]


Deer Patterns Changing by Fatherof5
[Yesterday at 08:06:18 PM]


Trail cam pics 2020( updated 7-27) by pm6265
[Yesterday at 08:04:14 PM]


New build for 2020 by Jolten
[Yesterday at 07:59:14 PM]


Wts brand new in box savage 220 by wrchinook
[Yesterday at 07:51:19 PM]


WTS REMINGTON model 7 .260 STAINLESS by wrchinook
[Yesterday at 07:49:52 PM]