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    Default Best Bait for a commercial crab trap

    Looking to put a couple of commercial crab pots in and wanted to know what is the best bait to use? Bunker or chicken? Thanks for the help guys.

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    i use bunker and throw in a piece of chix just because it holds up better. both will work together or alone. i will use bluefish that i catch thru the season also. good luck, the crabs are plentiful and large now. ive been killing them with regular traps and hope to do the same when i drop my comm pots in the next few weeks or month for the fall run. make sure when you leave them that there will be enogh water there to cover the traps at low tide, always see traps people set out are out of the water at low tide. bb
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    I have never found anything that outperforms the carcass of fish that already has the fillets removed.

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    Chicken gets too slimy and stinky. Stick with bunker because by the time it gets stinky the crabs ate it all. Bunker is much cheaper.

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    Real crabbers use bunker. I tell everyone who comes into the bait shop looking for chicken "Chicken is for people who can't catch crabs, so they have something to eat when they get home" Yeah, I know, they both work good!
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    Talking chicken

    all this talk about using chicken for crabs shish next youll hear people using it to fish with lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by JerseyZuks
    I have never found anything that outperforms the carcass of fish that already has the fillets removed.
    Amen...any fish carcass will do Why buy bait when you can catch it


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    Quote Originally Posted by JerseyZuks
    I have never found anything that outperforms the carcass of fish that already has the fillets removed.
    he is 100 % right all kinds of racks are great for crabbing

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    anybody hear of catfish for bait?
    When you shot gun a beer, you catch more crabs...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DAMOOSEMAN82
    anybody hear of catfish for bait?
    Why not? It will work fine.

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    Fish racks aren't legal, I don't think. I could be wrong. I don't crab, but I would ask before getting in trouble

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigSexy
    Fish racks aren't legal, I don't think. I could be wrong. I don't crab, but I would ask before getting in trouble
    Why wouldn't they be if they are of legal size catch . Instead of wasting them by throwing them over at the cleaning sink at the dock freeze them for later use in the traps.


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    I like to use bluefish if I can, but if I don't cath any I go back to ole faithful (BUNKER). I heard mackeral with the roe sack works well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Papa Bear 56
    Why wouldn't they be if they are of legal size catch . Instead of wasting them by throwing them over at the cleaning sink at the dock freeze them for later use in the traps.
    Isn't it technically illegal to dispose of racks by throwing them in the water?

    That same rule would make it illegal to use them as bait (dumping them in the water)?

    Either way it's a stupid rule IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeyZac View Post
    Isn't it technically illegal to dispose of racks by throwing them in the water?

    That same rule would make it illegal to use them as bait (dumping them in the water)?

    Either way it's a stupid rule IMO.
    Don't know to tell the truth
    I have never thrown a rack away at the sink...I am more of a crabber than a fisherman anyhow so all racks I get go in the bait freezer I see it happen all the time though going up and down our canal. At our dock my 9 yr old runs to every boat that comes in and "makes a deal" with any who do catch fish for the carcasses.
    As for the bait issue...the crabs eat the evidence


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