Recreational Crabbing With a Dip Crab Net
in Delaware & Maryland
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Crabbing with a dip net is a long-standing tradition in the Delaware-Maryland resort areas. The best places to crab with a dip net are along creek and bay banks or from piers. The following advice will get you started.
- GEAR -- A hand line (string), weight, bait and a long-handled dip net.
- BAITS -- Chicken parts such as necks and backs; oily fish such as bluefish, menhaden or herring.
- NETS -- Chicken wire nets are superior to twine nets because the crab doesn't become entangled.
- TECHNIQUE -- Let the baited line sink to the bottom and periodically feel the line to see if a crab is feeding or tugging on the other end. If you feel a crab, slowly raise the string until the crab is visible. Then sweep the dip net under the crab, bait and weight and catch all three.
- STORAGE -- A bushel basket with a lid will hold the crabs. Do not place crabs in a closed container with water because they will die from a lack of oxygen. If possible, keep a wet burlap bag over the crabs and keep them out of direct sunlight.
*This information courtesy of the University of Delaware Sea Grant Marine Advisory Service.
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