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Stone crabs

PostPosted: March 14th, 2019, 10:39 pm
by Igoafishin
Does anyone know much about the stone crabbing in the panhandle that they would be willing to share?
Did the crabbers have a good season this year?
What depth does most of the crabbing take place in up there?
Thanks in advance for any info whatsoever

Re: Stone crabs

PostPosted: March 15th, 2019, 5:59 am
by fishinfool
I know Greenbone does some stone crabbing, maybe he will chime in.

Re: Stone crabs

PostPosted: March 15th, 2019, 7:21 am
by Captainawesomepants
I dropped some recreational traps this year so I can tell you what not to do!

We dropped traps in the mouth of the river on out and used sardines as bait. We didnt get one and the bait turned to goo. We are going Sunday to check them again so I will update then. We are gonna try some new areas and bait.

We did see a lot of commercial traps out near the last marker on both sides of the channel.

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Re: Stone crabs

PostPosted: March 15th, 2019, 7:50 am
by Salty Gator
Captainawesomepants wrote:I dropped some recreational traps this year so I can tell you what not to do!

We dropped traps in the mouth of the river on out and used sardines as bait. We didnt get one and the bait turned to goo. We are going Sunday to check them again so I will update then. We are gonna try some new areas and bait.

We did see a lot of commercial traps out near the last marker on both sides of the channel.

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Those may be bluebcrab traps. I think most of the stone crab pots are a little deeper ( 20’).it seems like a good idea, but it is a lot of work. One guy will invite someone fishing, but not tell them about the crab pots. Then he makes them put on awful, hot rain gear and pull those nasty ropes for a couple of hours before fishing.

Re: Stone crabs

PostPosted: March 18th, 2019, 6:34 am
by Greenbone
Stone crabbing has been hit and miss last couple of years. I know Ted in Tallahassee still has a few pots out,but it’s hardly worth the trouble. I’ve crabbed in St Marks for 6-7 years except for this year since I moved to Carrabelle.Couple 3 years ago TallyKen and I did real well. Many days getting the 2 gallon limit. Pulling 20 pots did keep us in shape. Best bait is your fish carcasses,trout,red,grouper heads,etc. We set traps out past the StMarks boundary in 10-15’ and check them 10-14 days later. If you wait too long to check, they will canabilize themselves. Good luck,season ends May 15.

Re: Stone crabs

PostPosted: March 18th, 2019, 7:22 am
by tallykenj
Greenbone wrote:Stone crabbing has been hit and miss last couple of years. I know Ted in Tallahassee still has a few pots out,but it’s hardly worth the trouble. I’ve crabbed in St Marks for 6-7 years except for this year since I moved to Carrabelle.Couple 3 years ago TallyKen and I did real well. Many days getting the 2 gallon limit. Pulling 20 pots did keep us in shape. Best bait is your fish carcasses,trout,red,grouper heads,etc. We set traps out past the StMarks boundary in 10-15’ and check them 10-14 days later. If you wait too long to check, they will canabilize themselves. Good luck,season ends May 15.


Yep, it’s a good time. You have to plan around the weather but it doesn’t take too long to check the trap and the bounty is worth it. Our record with around 20 traps was a few shy of 80 claws.

Re: Stone crabs

PostPosted: March 18th, 2019, 7:25 am
by Srbenda
I see the commercial traps out about 6-10 miles south of St. Marks, mostly in water 20' to 30' deep.

Allegedly, this is also good bottom for fishing as well, although I've trolled it, never picked up a grouper.

Re: Stone crabs

PostPosted: March 18th, 2019, 10:58 am
by Juan
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