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Old 02-03-2015, 04:52 PM   #21
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If fishing the surf you will need more than a small weight. Most of us use spider weights (my standard is 4 oz.) on a leader. Some have the weight at the end of the longer leader section, some have the hook on the longer section. There are lots of fish caught on both. Either use the search feature or go back through old threads here and you will find numerous threads on how to make your own leaders by some of the experienced surf fishermen here. Most will recommend not to use "store-bought" premade leaders as the components and connections typically have a high failure rate. There are individuals who make and sell quality leaders and some of them post in this section. You dont want to lose a PB because of a failed swivel or connection.
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Old 02-03-2015, 05:23 PM   #22
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in reference to crawfish for bait - after a "boil" , we collect all the discarded hulls and freeze them in an onion type bag - we sink the bag when bottom fishing or hang it over the side to form a chum line as it thaws
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Old 02-04-2015, 10:58 AM   #23
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here is how I like hooking my crabs"
http://catchingbigfish.net/CRABTIPS.html

When you do this your actually throwing out a live crab. The little fish don't bother this bait. Also, during the closed crabbing season I use frozen crabs that I purchase and freeze in a paper bag.
closed crabbing season????
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Old 02-04-2015, 12:06 PM   #24
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closed crabbing season????
They don't really close the season, they just make it illegal to use crab traps during the annual crab trap clean up, this year it is from February 20th through March 1st. http://tpwd.texas.gov/regulations/ou...d-restrictions
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Old 02-05-2015, 12:04 AM   #25
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Frozen are bad?
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I will use them if I have too. I prefer live crabs.
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Old 02-05-2015, 03:30 PM   #27
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Thanks sharkchum. Gotta spread before I can green ya again!
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Do y'all know of bait shops (or grocery stores) on 288 down towards surfside that have live crabs? All I have ever been able to find has been dead or frozen.
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Do y'all know of bait shops (or grocery stores) on 288 down towards surfside that have live crabs? All I have ever been able to find has been dead or frozen.

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While using live crab for bait, I've taken the claws and cooked them right there with a Bic lighter. They are EXCELLENT! Best crab you will ever eat.
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