Location: Danville Ca.
|Those are some tasty looking crabs in those shots.
For real though, crabbing here in San Francisco-- be it from shore, pier, or paddling out and dropping traps-- is some of the most fun I've had in years. Nothing like putting in your time at the beach, hauling home some keepers, and making homemade california rolls, crab cakes, dungeness eggs benedict, etc..
Even better is having a freezer so full of crab that you just start dropping off freshly steamed crab to your friends or offer the neighbors some!
The hardest part of snaring the crab for me personally has always been setting the snare. I do moderately well out there but I definitely know I've lost a ton of crabs with the initial reel-in; crabs do indeed move incredibly quickly in the water-- try catching them by hand some time!-- and I think I'm just not setting myself up for a proper retrieval most of the time.
Question: How much do you reel in before you pause and then do your big "snare set" ?
I often will reel my line in until I feel that tension where I know I'm about to start dragging that weight through the water, pause for a few seconds, then do my big retrieval. Half the time though I think that reeling it in until I feel tension is spooking whatever crabs are hanging out. Is that accurate?
I also love the creativity people put into the snares they use! Sofa's look great and I may pick a couple up just to try them out. I just bought a couple weird ones that look like a missile (seriously) from some maker in Modesto just for the novelty of it and will give a report of how well they work when the weather clears up. Whatever works though!
I just reel in most of the slack and then haul back.
If you want my snares, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org and we can talk there.
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