Blue crab season in Maryland, New Jersey, or Virginia is an exciting time for any long time crabber.
Before the season really ramps up, it’s a great idea to stock up on crabbing supplies so you can be ready to catch blue crabs and have a great time feasting with the family.
After doing a ton of research, we have determined that Bass Pro Shops has the best deals on crabbing supplies.
This is primarily due to their frequent deals (50% off in some cases) and free 2 day shipping if you spend $50 or more.
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Let’s have a look at some of the various gear and gadgets that you can buy to make your crab season a success.
Crab Trap Line
Over time, the salty seawater can have a serious affect on your crab trap line, so it is also a good idea to change it every so often, especially if your traps have gone 5 or more years without a switch. In my rookie days I lost many a basket or cage when the crab wire simply snapped off. Fresh crab trap wire is usually inexpensive and can be purchased in small or large amounts.
If you like to go old school and use the crab fishing line approach, then you should have no problem finding supplies such as the Angler’s Choice Crabbin’ Kit. Fishing crab out of the bay is a lot of fun especially if you bring the kids along, and crab fishing equipment is very cheap and can most likely be rented at the local boat rental store near you.
Promar Leaded Rope
Crab Rigging Kit – Line and Buoy
Offshore Angler Braided Crab Trap Line
SMI Replacement Rot Cord
Buoys & Flags
Crab trap buoys are the perfect way to mark your territory and allow you to return to your traps with ease. They come in all shapes and sizes, and some even light up! It’s often easy to find them in a 2 pack so that you can buy more than one at a time.
I recommend using a larger sized trap that weighs enough to rest on the bottom for a long period of time. Crabbers sometimes call these “hotel” traps because they are able to hold a lot of crabs that manage to get themselves caught inside.
Promar PVC Foam Float
SMI Tie-On Buoy Flags
Willapa Three-Piece Shrimp Buoy Stick
American Blue Claw Round Float
If you find yourself robbed of your bait from time to time, it may be time to consider a crab trap bait box. These handy little contraptions are rather simple in design, but allow you to add some extra chunky and meaty bait to your nets, baskets, and cages.
Fish, critters, crabs, and anything else picking at your bait will be unable to haul it off leaving you with an empty trap. They are very inexpensive and can be added to nearly any medium to larger sized trap. Someone even took the time to invent an awesome glow in the dark bait cage!
Promar Seal Proof Bait Cage
Every crabber knows that it’s not easy hauling in that catch. Use these nets and tongs to help grab hard to reach crabs or to catch crabs handing off a trap, line, or bait.
Tackle Factory Crab Net
Offshore Angler Crab Tongs
SMI Four-Arm Crab-Trap Harness
Waterproof Gear – Muck Boots
You’re going to be out wandering around in the muck, paddling through the bay, or battling the high stormy seas so you might as well get yourself some waterproof gear and gadgets.
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There are some items that you just absolutely must have, or you will risk being a crabbing amateur for life. Every so often when the tide is low or while you are scanning the bay, you’ll see crab floating by…but without a trusty crab net how are you going to nab it?
Just recently I managed to swipe a soft shell crab that was floating by with its mate. I extended my reach with an aluminum crab net and later that day had a tasty breaded sandwich.
It’s also a great idea to have a trusty tool by your side that can handle the cutting of line and bait or the fixing of traps on the fly.
A standard issue tackle box often comes with the necessary gear to get the job done, but I would recommend grabbing something like the Bear Grylls Multitool. You’ll look like a real pro when you’re out there catching blue crabs and fixing snags and traps for the helpless crabbers who happen to be in your area.
A crab caliper can help you measure your catch so that you don’t take home an illegal crab or something that’s just far too small. These often come with some great bundles too so it’s a good idea to cover all your bases at once.
The Crabbing Zone will track down the best crabbing supplies whether you are heading out to the Chesapeake Bay or taking a trip to the Columbia River Estuary in Oregon.
There are many ways to be successful with crabbing lines and flex fold crabbing traps, but you need to make sure you have the right supplies by your side. Crab line fishing is a boatload of fun and I recommend bringing the kids out to enjoy the day on the bay.
If you are crabbing on the bay, you might want to consider crab pot pullers for your boat.
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