View Full Version : Sand Crabs

08-12-2005, 01:40 PM
What is the best method to use, for getting a bunch for bait. Is there a good population around Doran and are the soft-shelled only taken or will you also use the hard-shelled?

08-13-2005, 07:22 PM
*I'm pretty sure the hard shell crabs work just as well as the soft shelled ones. I have caught tons of them by going out to where the waves are rolling in and waiting for one to roll out. I dig as fast as I can and usually uncover a few of them, but I have only tried this at Martins Beach in Half Moon Bay, where I know there is a large concentration of them. I'm sure theres a bunch at Dorans Beach. Look online for a sandcrab trap. If I remember correctly they look like a big rake and they strain the crabs out of the sand.

08-13-2005, 09:45 PM
I seem to have better luck on the softshells but the hardshells will work as well.

08-14-2005, 07:13 AM

Get a garden rake and modify it like this with 1/2 inch hardware cloth...works like a charm ;D ;D


They are Massachusetts clam rakes but they work just as well for California sand crabs....only you must size down the web size to 1/2" for the crabs.... ;D ;D 8)

rake the receding surf in 1 foot of water...beware of rips and don't get to far out...there are plenty of crabs right next to shore....be safe!! ;)

08-15-2005, 09:54 AM
Thanks for the great info, going to rig up a rake next time out! Tight lines!