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Old 07-27-2021, 06:39 PM   #1
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Default Crabbing on the Colorado River

We’ve been into em thick since yesterday. Caught 18 in about 2hrs and called it good. Boiled em and ate good. Set the trap overnight and fished again this morning. Got about 36 in the trap, but we’re mainly just using the trap as a live well. The kids are pulling them in with chicken legs on a string. Catch one, take the net to the bucket and before we’ve got it in there’s another one on the string.

Good times. Never got to do this when I was a kid so I am loving the fact that my kids get to. My 11yr old daughter is kicking her older brother’s butts. She’s hauling em in left and right.
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Old 07-27-2021, 06:44 PM   #2
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Heck yeah. I grew up on the coast, and we crabbed all the time as a kid. I took my 5 year old girl for the first time a few weeks ago. It was hot and heavy, I let her scoop them all. We caught enough for a boil and crab cakes with the left overs.
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Old 07-27-2021, 06:50 PM   #3
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Im retired and still like going crabbing.
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Old 07-27-2021, 06:57 PM   #4
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Thats awesome! Crabbin is fun!
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Old 07-27-2021, 08:53 PM   #5
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That is awesome!!!
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Old 07-27-2021, 09:20 PM   #6
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Good eating ahead!!
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Old 07-27-2021, 09:30 PM   #7
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Purge them in clean water for 24 hrs before cooking !
They will taste much cleaner.
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Old 07-27-2021, 09:34 PM   #8
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Fun times there! Congrats!
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Old 07-27-2021, 09:45 PM   #9
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Heck yeah, love me some crabbing. Congrats on the memories
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Old 07-28-2021, 04:04 PM   #10
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Good cheap fun. I use to crab with my mom all the time when I was a kid. I took my kids quite a bit when they were little. It's fun for everyone.

Good job getting the kids out and on the water.
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Old 07-28-2021, 04:37 PM   #11
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That is awesome. Dust off the .460 Weatherby for the big ones--they can be tough. :-)
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Old 07-28-2021, 05:05 PM   #12
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Here's a little trick for you to show the kids. Take a crab and flip him on his back and rub his belly. He'll go to sleep. Flip him over on his back with your dip net handle and gently rub his belly with the end of the dip net handle. He'll go to sleep and will just lay there until you tap him and wake him back up. The kids will get a kick out of that.
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Old 07-28-2021, 05:12 PM   #13
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Love me some crabbing!
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Old 07-28-2021, 05:28 PM   #14
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Great family fun, glad you and your kids are sharing this memory.
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Old 07-28-2021, 06:07 PM   #15
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Love me some crabbing!
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Old 07-28-2021, 07:05 PM   #16
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I've never been. Would love to go. But would love to take my grandboys more! Something I've gotta do one day...
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Old 07-28-2021, 07:07 PM   #17
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I've never been. Would love to go. But would love to take my grandboys more! Something I've gotta do one day...
It's a good time and the aftermath is better!!
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Old 07-28-2021, 07:29 PM   #18
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Me too!
I'm glad you do!
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Old 07-28-2021, 07:48 PM   #19
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I've never been. Would love to go. But would love to take my grandboys more! Something I've gotta do one day...

Plenty of spots to fish on the river, and the beach is pretty decent too. We’ve got a cheap VRBO rental house with a little dock and a fishing light. The crabs are crazy thick, and we’ve caught about all the whiting we can stand. Went down to the mouth of the river today, and my son caught a small bonnet head shark.

Matagorda is anything but glamorous, but we sure have a good time every time we come down here.


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Old 07-28-2021, 07:55 PM   #20
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Matagorda is anything but glamorous, but we sure have a good time every time we come down here.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

You need to be in the surf fishing in the morning.
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Old 07-29-2021, 07:27 AM   #21
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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

You need to be in the surf fishing in the morning.
It must be dead calm offshore today because the number of boats racing out this morning has been 5x what was all week.
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Old 07-29-2021, 07:44 AM   #22
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Yep. You should be down there in the surf fishing.
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Old 07-29-2021, 03:35 PM   #23
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It must be dead calm offshore today because the number of boats racing out this morning has been 5x what was all week.
The surf was on fire. We came by you this morning too. Caught 30+ trout and 20-25 reds by 11. Lots of boats were heading offshore but the biggest bunch of them were fishing the surf. You need to be in that surf if you want to catch fish.
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Old 07-29-2021, 03:41 PM   #24
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Don’t know if how long you’ll be down there but pm me if you wanna sell a few. They’re good bait and I don’t have a lot of time to go crabbing.
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