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06/18/2017

Oregon Crabbing Report

Had a decent trip to Coos Bay.  Got 15 dungeness crabs, and 4 reds.  This was 3 pickups before we headed home due to large swells in the bay.  Weather was really nice, light wind and sunny.   We had 4 pots with us.



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06/13/2017

Oregon Crabbing Report

May 13 - 10 dungies, 1 red, 2 pickup (1.5 hours apart).  started around 9 am, low tide @ 9:39 am.


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05/31/2017
Another decent day of crabbing.  I caught 9 dungies & 6 red rock crabs.  That's with 2 pulls.  I did much better than I thought.  May is usually a very slow month for crabbing.



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04/12/2017

Oregon Dungeness Crabbing
(Bay crabbing)

 


Best time for crabbing on the Oregon coast

The best months for catching dungeness crabs along the Oregon coast is from August to November.  I have found that my catch increases greatly starting in mid August to early December.   After December, it dies down, and by March to July, it's almost dead (nothing scientific here, but I'm saying this from my own experience only).  You can still catch them in the spring time and summer, but it's going to be very slow.
  • Best months:  August, September, October, November, December (months that end in "r")
Best bait for crabs

Raw chicken works extremely well, and they are easy to get because they're sold in many places.  Fish carcass also works really well.  People tell me that fish carcass attracts a lot of seal and they will try to tear your pots apart to get to the fish.  I haven't had any problems with this problem at all.  I usually use black rock fish carcass, and ling cod carcass, and redtail perch.  They work extremely well, and it saves me money too from buying chicken.

Water depth

This varies a lot!.  I have set my pots in around 10 foot of water to about 30 foot and have gotten good results at both depths and in between.  There isn't one set depth that is the magic number.  I have even found many crabs on the beach while surfing - many times in about 1 foot of water.  Sandy bottom grounds is what I usually look for when setting my pots.  


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04/12/2017


Had a good crabbing trip yesterday.  Well, "good" for this time of year when it's the slow times for crabbing on the Oregon coast.  Got 9 dungeness crabs & 8 red rock crabs.



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02/15/2017

Crabbing is still hot

Got 13 yesterday in Coos Bay.  All hard shells but 1.  Also got 4 good size reds.  We set our pots in about 15-25 foot and left them down for about 1.5 hours.  After 3 pick ups, I got my limit and jetted.  Fishing was also really good.  Got a personal best 24" ling cod - 3 total.  Also got a personal best black rock fish.  Didn't bring a scale, but he went 18" on the dot.

My friend Tom lost a a giant fish.  Stripped his drag and kept on running, until finally his knot broke.  Heart breaking - but there was a lesson to learn from it.  

The problem with all fishing trips is that you always start with the unknowns.  You simply use past experience to prepare yourself with the right gear and tackle and hope that they cover every situation.  Then an unexpected situation happens like yesterday where Tom caught a huge fish that keeps stripping line - even after tightening down the drag to almost all the way - and continues to strip the line.........  and eventually breaks off.

This is my first year where I fished for ling cods, and didn't expect much at all.  But this trip definitely was a good learning experience for the both of us.

I'm already gearing up for next week --  pending the weather.



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01/31/2017

crabbing report

great trip to coos bay.  we kept 20 total dungeness crabs, and 5 reds - really big reds too!!  we set down our crab pots around 9:30 and picked up the first round at around 11:30.  we only managed 8 the first time, but got another 12 on the second pickup.  also got a nice 19" ling cod, which was too small to keep (22" minimum here in Oregon).



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01/04/2017

crabbing off a dock

ODFW re-opened the crabbing season, so I went over to Coos Bay on 12/30 to see if I could get some crabs off the docks.  I had 2 days left before my license expires so I had better try and get the most out of it.  I bought a conical trap from amazon and was curious about how good it would be in catching dungeness crabs.  When I got the trap, I was a little bummed out because it was extremely light and shallow, and I didn't expect the trap to perform well at all.  I thought about sending it back, but decided to try it out first to see if it's any good.

Surprisingly, it worked really well and exceeded my expectations.  The important thing here if you're buying this conical trap is that you have to weigh it down with extra weight.  In this video, I tied a 5# dumb bell to the bottom of the pot to help it anchor down in one spot.  It helped a lot and my pot didn't move at all.




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12/22/2016
ODFW has reopened the crabbing season!

that is great news!  you know what,  I got 10 days left before my 2016 crabbing license expires, so I'm hoping to get in at least 2 more trips.  I never crabbed this late in the season, but we will see how I do.


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11/09/2016
Crabbing on a dock in coos bay. Been really slow. 1 dungy & 1 red.

.... unfortunately, I only crabbed for a couple of hours and left.  not much else to report on this slow day.  ..... saw some seagulls.  they kept trying to steal the chicken from my bucket that was sitting on the dock.  yea.........


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