How do you catch Fiddler crabs for Bait????
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    Default How do you catch Fiddler crabs for Bait????

    How do you catch Fiddler crabs, will be using them for Bait????
    Going to try for sheeps head and can't always find them live at the tackle store.
    I know the live in the mud flats, But how do you catch them?
    Thanks in Advance!

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    dig a hole in the mud and stick a bucket in the hole.They will drop like flys!

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    Do you want fiddler crabs or sand crabs ........ I've mostly used sand crabs that I've caught by digging in the sand where I saw bubbles coming out of holes at the tail end of a wave .........

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    Those aren't sand crabs, those are mole crabs aka sand fleas. If you are going to try and catch sheepshead you can use fiddler crabs but peelers and regular hard crabs will work just fine. If you still want fiddlers find the closest blue grass festival and keep your eyes peeled Just kidding, the best way to catch mass quantities of fiddler crabs is the good ole back breaking, fly swatting chase em down yourself. You want to make sure you go on a dead low tide and just find a mud type grassy flat are on shore and they shouldn't be hard to spot. They are quite fast though.

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    always have luck on the sheep down there w/moles. they can usually be dug around one of the surfpiers. dont know where you are but the mudflats at swansboro is loaded w/em. and the sheep are right there at the bridge, 3rd piling over..

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    Go to the beach at night w/ a bright flashlight and a fine mesh net. Shine the light on 'em and they'll freeze. Then net 'em. Or sit by a camp fire on the beach and they'll come and pinch your a**.

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    The opaque colored crabs on the beach are Ghost Crabs, the crabs in the ankle deep water on the beach are mole crabs. Fiddler crabs live in the mud on the banks of the sound. Put on some Wanchese Bedroom Slippers AKA white wellington boat boots, take a 5 gallon bucket, walk out and grab 'em up then toss 'em in the bucket. You might want to wear gloves if your hands are tender!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Al Greenwood View Post
    The opaque colored crabs on the beach are Ghost Crabs, the crabs in the ankle deep water on the beach are mole crabs. Fiddler crabs live in the mud on the banks of the sound. Put on some Wanchese Bedroom Slippers AKA white wellington boat boots, take a 5 gallon bucket, walk out and grab 'em up then toss 'em in the bucket. You might want to wear gloves if your hands are tender!
    this is the correct answer.

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    Except that the correct term for the "boots" is "Sneads Ferry Sneakers"

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    Quote Originally Posted by billwoodhouse View Post
    Except that the correct term for the "boots" is "Sneads Ferry Sneakers"
    Up here on the Bay, they are "Tilghman Island Tennis Shoes", TITS for short.

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