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Blue Crabs

Blue Crab Blue crabs are found up and down the east coast of North America and south into Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico. This also includes the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.
Blue crabs have been caught as far north as Nova Scotia and as far south as Argentina. Throughout these areas are several places to catch blue crabs.

Larger male blue crabs tend to like the stiller, shallower waters. Typically near marshes or grassy areas. You don't have to go into the thick of the marshes to catch them, just close to those areas. Blue crabs like hanging out in the mud at the bottom. This is also where you can find the heaviest crabs, known as mudders or Jimmies. If you bring up a crab that looks a little brown or "dirty" on the underside, this is typically the sign of a nice heavy crab.

Check your local tide chart and try to go out crabbing in the early morning and around high tide. This will give you the best chance of catching the larger blue crabs. You can catch crabs anytime during the day but high tide usually produces the best catch.

Blue crabs prefer warmer water when feeding. In the colder months you may need to find deeper water to catch crabs. They will be in closer to the bottom, in the mud when it is cold. In the warmer months, you can find crabs at any depth, including relatively shallow water.

If you are crabbing from a boat, crab traps or a trot line are the are the preferred methods to catch blue crabs. If you are just starting out, try using crab traps. Buy a few topless crab traps, and some chicken necks for bait. Check the depth of the water in which you are crabbing to make sure you have enough line to get the trap to the bottom. Tie a small buoy or empty plastic bottle to the top of the line and lower your trap in the water and let it go. Do the same for however many traps you have and let them soak for about 20 minutes. Then navigate your boat back to your traps and pull each of them up fast to make sure the crab stays in the trap.

If you do not have a boat, public piers are a great place to catch crabs. Blue crabs love hanging out around pier pilings. All you need is some string with a raw chicken neck on the end to catch crabs off of a pier. Bring a net and a bucket with you also. Tie the chicken neck to the end of your string, lower the bait into the water and wait a few minutes. Once you feel the string moving or pulling a little, slowly bring it up and with your free hand, grab the net and scoop up under the crab and into your bucket.

If you want to check out regional locations where crabbing is good, check out the blue crab hot spots section.
Blue Crabs

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