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>> Good pier for Dungeness in the Bay Area? [topic: previous/next]
PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2008 2:57 pm
Christafur


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wondering if anybody's had good luck crabbing off the pier in the bay area... any advice is much appreciated. thanks in advance!
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2008 3:18 pm
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There is only one pier in the Bay Are where it is actually legal to catch Dungeness, and that's Pacifica. It is not legal to take Dungeness within San Francisco Bay.

Reports from Pacific Pier suggest no-one is catching much of anything. The Dungeness season closes June 30th.

http://www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/mapregs3.asp#crab_open
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2008 3:21 pm
Christafur


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ah, i never knew that. thanks for the info NB.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2008 10:16 am
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northern boy wrote:
The Dungeness season closes June 30th.

http://www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/mapregs3.asp#crab_open


Correction. It is July 30th.

Also, I thought SF bay was closed for sport fishing from boats, yet you were allowed to target them from piers with rod and reel (Snares). I have seen people fish for them on Paradise. Though not successfully.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2008 11:29 am
northern boy


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grammar police wrote:
northern boy wrote:
The Dungeness season closes June 30th.

http://www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/mapregs3.asp#crab_open


Correction. It is July 30th.

Also, I thought SF bay was closed for sport fishing from boats, yet you were allowed to target them from piers with rod and reel (Snares). I have seen people fish for them on Paradise. Though not successfully.


It's July 30th up north. From Sonoma County south it's June 30th (read it again!). The Dungeness rule is no take in SF Bay, from shore or boat. There are signs at Ft Point and Ft Baker piers. Park wardens will often ask to see in peoples buckets as well. Red and rock crabs are permitted, so perhaps folks were trying to snare them? (IMHO you're taking your life in your hands eating a Bay crab. If you eat them from the piers under the Golden Gate Bridge, you're probably eating someone elses as well *shudder*).

http://www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/mapregs6.asp#dungeness_closed
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2008 11:40 am
pinfish


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how bout eckley pier woo hoo!
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2008 11:43 am
Ken Jones


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SF Bay: Rock and red crabs OK but no Dungeness. Doesn't matter if it's from a boat, pier or shoreline area.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2008 11:45 am
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Whats the easiest way to identify them? Are they just bigger?
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2008 12:03 pm
pinfish


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Matthew G wrote:
Whats the easiest way to identify them? Are they just bigger?


the easiest way is to go to fishermen's warf and order some
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2008 1:02 pm
headbuffalo


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Pier 7 is the ultimate place for crabs. please come take them all so i dont have to worry about my bait being stolen.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2008 1:16 pm
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Matthew G wrote:
Whats the easiest way to identify them? Are they just bigger?


The best way to identify Dungeness is they have white tips to their claws and their shell is generally a purplish color. Their legs are also fairly pale.

The red crabs are a deep red and the "rock" crabs are brownish with black tips to their (large)claws.

Rock crabs generally don't get much beyond 6 inches but the reds can get very large.

If you follow one of the DFG links above there are descriptions and pictures.

Since there appear to be a few crab novices it's worth restating other important regs:

1. Red and rock crabs have to be 4 inches, Dungeness 5 and 3 quarters.

2. You have to have a "measuring device" with you while crabbing to avoid a ticket. Some wardens are satisfied with a tape measure, others require a "solid" implement. A plastic crab measure is a few bucks from most tackle shops and has the sizes for red/rock and dungeness marked out (as well as other shellfish).

3. You cannot keep crabs that you have caught with a hook, they have to be caught in nets or snares.

(edit to add one more reg)
4. Your crab hoop net, or snare, counts towards your two-pole limit while fishing on a pier.

5. A Northern Boy regulation; don't buy the circular/tablet shaped snares, they fall appart within seconds, and even a one armed geriatric crab can break them open. Square seems to be the sturdiest.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2008 2:36 pm
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northern boy wrote:
[It's July 30th up north. From Sonoma County south it's June 30th (read it again!). The Dungeness rule is no take in SF Bay, from shore or boat. There are signs at Ft Point and Ft Baker piers. Park wardens will often ask to see in peoples buckets as well. Red and rock crabs are permitted, so perhaps folks were trying to snare them? (IMHO you're taking your life in your hands eating a Bay crab. If you eat them from the piers under the Golden Gate Bridge, you're probably eating someone elses as well *shudder*).

http://www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/mapregs6.asp#dungeness_closed


I stand corrected. Next time I see the dungie collectors at Paradise I will dial up caltip and let them know. Thanks.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2008 5:46 pm
norcalrod


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Pacifica Pier has been the best to get Dungies. I've seen some picked at the HMB pier, but once in a blue moon.

I've had some taken with a crab snare off the jetty in HMB.

19 more days for dungie hunting...

Good Luck.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2008 6:11 am
Matthew G


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Wow, thanks for the plethora of info. So to confirm no Dungies from berkeley? I'll be at the end of the pier Saturday night hopefully catching a halibut and crab dinner!
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2008 8:42 am
dkkim


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Ranch 99 when they get a new shipment. Don't buy the crabs that have been sitting in that tank forever and are now discounted. Otherwise Pacifica in the winter.
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