edit: pinned Jun 12, 2007 This article was originally posted in early summer 2004. Soon after, the original MomentofFame photo site went kaput. Posted again during the summer of 2006, but the Yourfishpicsture site also went down. Here it is again in edited form with pics uploaded to the Allcoast site: Finding the sandcrabs are pretty easy in the warmth of the summer. You can see them in their beds from a distance down the beach as rough areas in the sand just above the water line. Wintertime is tougher to find them as they either go deeper in the sand or deeper down the water. In any case, they usually are real tough to find in winter.
Load up with enough for a couple days fishing (50 sandcrabs is your legal limit). You can store them overnight in a tupperware container with no water. A layer of shreddedd newspaper should be placed on top of the sandcrabs. Set a ziplock bag full of ice atop the container of sandcrabs to keep them cool. Condensed water will drip down on the layer of paper to keep the crabs cool. Placing the tupperware containers and ice bag in a cooler will keep them for another day longer.
_ _ I started hooking this way during the BS perch spawn last March. It worked surprisingly well for the big spawning perch Got a couple of corbs this way but not enough to stay with it. 20.jpg
_ _ This one's a little tricky to do but I got a couple of corbs in May using this method. This advantage on this one is that the the hook point is hidden in the roe area and the hook is flush with the back of the crab. The fish shouldn't feel t hook at all. When the corb crushes the bait, the hook is in it's mouth and the fish is on. The line comes straight out the tail and the bait looks natural in its presentation and movement. 22.jpg
_ _ This way seems to work well with smaller crabs. Not a lot of finesse in this method but it seems to have a good hookup percentage when the fish want the smaller baits. 24.jpg
_ _ This one is what I use mostly nowadays. I haven't come across a better producer so until I do, this is the one I'm using. I use a #8 or #6 hook here, depending on the size of the crab. The exposed hook will set into the fish's mouth on the first bite whether the is aggressive or tentative. 21.jpg
_ _ Anyone else have their favorite ways of hooking their baits? Post your methods here. Pics will work better than a word description. For softshells, I use 24.jpg and the biggest hook... mainly so the crab doesn't fly off when I lob it. Edit: A personal note here. I like to release the corbina. Sure, you can eat them but I've come to respect them after watching a few put up a spectacular rooster tail and after being bested by a few of these torpedos. So I'll take a pic, I'll take the time to revive them and I'll s them on their way with a phrase of thanks. I'll post a report and identify them with a respectful moniker, such as corbina, corb for short...but never a "bean"... They deserve more than that.
This post edited by Charlie 03:25 PM 06/26/2007