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Crabbing in Puget Sound with SCUBA?

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwest' started by PuyallupCoug, May 28, 2008.

  1. sea nmf

    sea nmf Loggerhead Turtle

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    Well, I don't call it crabbing. I call it the Dungeness Rodeo Roundup!
     
  2. Scuba-Stu

    Scuba-Stu Barracuda

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    Get a old fishing net or long dip net and go get um. The type of fishing net ive been thinking about getting, is one that has the coating over the netting so it the crab doesn't get all tangled up. Also if you can get a 'tickle-stick' like the one's used for lobstering that sometimes helps to round them up into the net.
     
  3. davebomber

    davebomber Garibaldi

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    I know this is a old post, I'm a beginner diver, In several months I'm about to dive for some crab down in Mukilteo when the season opens up. I'm wondering on what gear type you need for crabbing, and cost of gear, so not to overbuy.
     
  4. bravokiloromeo

    bravokiloromeo Angel Fish

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    Haven't done any crabbing myself but occasionally dive with people who do down in Oregon.

    Only gear you really need is a catch bag and a way to measure the crab (min size for dungies in WA is 6 1/4"); never seen them dive with anything more than that.

    Also make sure to read and follow the rules/regs as they can always be fun to interpret...

    https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/crab/brochure_sport_harvest_final.pdf
     
  5. Zef

    Zef Divemaster

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    You need a shellfish license with crab endorsement and if crabbing on SCUBA you will need your dive gear...I recommend gloves as those claws can cause a nasty cut and they tend to get me around the finger nails. You will need a gauge to measure them with...walmart or any place that sells fishing supplies will have this, and then a bag to put the keepers in...a bucket to transfer them into back at the car/truck is convenient. You can also take a 5 gallon bucket with a lid and drill holes in the side and sink it and just swim to that to stick the keepers in instead of a net.

    Don't poach from crab pots, this just fosters bad blood with the recreational and professional fishermen.

    A good place to go is oak harbor near the NAS Whidbey Island Seaplane base...the MWR marina closed down years ago and with it went the boats and means for lots of folks to get out and drop their crab pots...I haven't lived out there in awhile but I imagine the crabbing is better than when I did live there.

    Happy hunting.

    -Z
     

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