Dungenous crab season opened for recreational anglers last Saturday. I paddled out under the Golden Gate (no taking dungenous inside the Golden Gate) yesterday and dropped a cage. Standard folding trap with a plastic bait box inside (looks like a sleeve). Chicken skin and fat (plus some pork fat) as bait.
Paddled out again today and pulled the trap up - and it was empty. Very empty. This is how empty:
I know that there are crabs in the area - saw others pulling up nice full pots not far away. But I have been known to drop pots in bad locations (I guess rocky areas, and not sandy bottomed areas dungenous are know for). And this was a new spot for me, so a pot empty of crabs wouldn't surprise me too much.
But where did the bait box go? It was tied on. And even if the knots came untied, I don't think it could get out any of the openings of the pot without the side of the cage being opened.
I am guessing someone else came along while the pot was out and emptied it of any catch plus the bait box.
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Posted by: pilotwingz on Nov-07-12 6:56 AM (EST)
....... don't crab myself , but know how it's done and know what cage trap is . Don't think it possible for anything to get out once it's inside .
Posted by: Topher on Nov-21-12 8:01 PM (EST)
I put out traps for blues and stonys|
Posted by: Reefmonkey on Dec-07-12 5:27 PM (EST)
down here on the Texas coast. Different design, but same bait. Could be that a human poacher took your crabs, but I wouldn't expect him to mess with the bait. I am having trouble picturing the bait setup. Would it just fall out if the trap was opened?
Posted by: Peter-CA on Dec-10-12 4:42 PM (EST)
Bait cage was made of plastic chicken wire that folded over and made a pocket. It was tied on to the trap with reasonably strong string. It could come out of the cage when it is opened at an end, but wouldn't fit out the entrance doors for crabs.
Yup, sounds like you were poached|
Posted by: Reefmonkey on Dec-11-12 12:50 PM (EST)
I am sure it has happened to me many times, though my traps look like this: