Need a little help.......I will be looking for blue claw crabs,fiddler or any other crabs for bait and if you can point me in the right direction weather it be bait shop or any other store like Publix or Winn Dixie your help would be greatly appreciated.
If I have to catch them myself just tell me so. Thanks........Mike I am in thr Crystal River Area
Might not like the price but...
I don't know of any bait shop here that sells small bait crabs.
Fiddlers and mud crabs are easy to gather on your own also. For fiddlers, just look for their holes on mud and gravel flats near mangroves during low tides. Burry a few pots or bowls at the same level as the mud. They will fall into the pots where you can collect them after an hour or so. It helps if you put a little bait in the pots. They tend to get active an leave their burrows as the tide starts to move in. Warmer days and big tides make things easier.
You can collect Harris mud crabs, which have brown or purplish shells, on oyster flats and bars during low tide. Just flip over clumps of oysters or rocks. They are great sheepshead bait and are probably good for redfish also. Be sure not to confuse them with juvenile stone crabs, which are protected. Stone crabs have white bands on their legs and mud crabs do not.
Just use shrimp....
I will use shrimp;I know they will work.When the time comes I like to have crabs available to put out on the bottom for Drumfish.........Always trying to give the fish a multiple choice.
Thanks for the info and help......I will give your advice a try especially the hookset part.
If you find yourself collecting mud crabs for bait I highly recommend gardening gloves or some other sturdy form of finger protection.
They are pretty dang strong for their size.
Yes. And as Doc said, there can be juvenile stone crabs mixed in. Not often in my experience, but if the man caught you with juvenile stone crabs he would likely not be happy.
Don't need any problems due to trying to save a buck or two.
Nah it's not that bad.
And very few markets that I know of around here sell bait crabs.