BAIT BLUE CRABS
Preparation: First, you need to purchase the Gulf Coast’s freshest blue crab bait from Superior Saltwater Bait.
Cleaning: Remove the claws and legs from the blue crab, leaving just the body or carapace. Some anglers also remove the top shell to expose the inner meat, which can be particularly attractive to fish.
Cutting: Cut the crab into smaller pieces. You can quarter it or cut it into even smaller chunks, depending on the size of the fish you’re targeting.
Hooking: Use a strong, sharp hook to secure the crab bait. Pass the hook through a fleshy part of the crab, making sure it’s firmly attached. Be careful not to hook yourself in the process, as blue crabs can have sharp claws.
Presenting: Cast your line with the crab bait into the area where you believe your target fish are located. Fish in areas like oyster beds, rock jetties, or around structures where blue crabs are naturally found.
Reeling: Wait for a fish to bite and then set the hook. Blue crabs can be effective bait because of their scent and movement, which attract predatory fish.
Maintain: Keep an eye on your bait. Blue crab can be attractive to various species, but it can also be scavenged by crabs and smaller fish, so be prepared to re-bait if necessary.
Remember that the effectiveness of blue crab bait can vary depending on the location and the specific fish you’re targeting. It’s essential to follow local regulations and restrictions on the use of blue crab as bait, as they may differ by region and species. Always dispose of unused crab bait responsibly, and release any undersized or non-target species back into the water.