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07-05-2005, 09:38 AM
i'm going out this saturday and i'm taking my mom and my brother's mother in law. probably going underneath the golden gate if not then at fisherman wharf at pier 31??? (or something like that)

has anyone gone lately? usually i don't go this time of year and wait until almost winter if not winter, but they wanted to go. also, we'll be crabbing most likely during the day but hopefully night time.


07-05-2005, 09:39 AM
also, what's your favorite crabbing bait and why? i like salmon if not carp. but fresh fish is mine. maybe you guys and gals have a better attracting bait.

07-05-2005, 09:43 AM
Salmon should work fine for rocks and reds - but remember - Dungeness season ended in June, and you can't take them from the bay anyway.

07-05-2005, 11:14 AM
they actually have a season for it. i just never took them period. only the rock crabs. but this time of year its hard to get salmon because its not in season. i was thinking maybe sardines or anchovies?

07-05-2005, 12:53 PM
DFG regs, page 39, section 29.85. Crabs.
(1) Closure: Dungeness crab may not be taken or possessed in San Francisco Bay and San Pablo bay, plus all their tidal bays, sloughs, and estuaries between the Golden Gate Bridge and Carquinez Bridge.

07-05-2005, 01:04 PM
i believe Vito is right!!!

07-05-2005, 01:41 PM
yeah, that's what i thought.

so has anyone been there lately?

07-05-2005, 03:20 PM
Just trying to save you from a fat fine bro. $500 each crab. OUCH :o Hope you slay those rocks.

07-05-2005, 04:55 PM
ummm....wonder how a $500 crab taste like. too bad f&g probably won't let you keep them anyways.

07-06-2005, 12:34 PM
do you guys know where i could find cheaper crab nets here in sac? i know freeport bait has them but not sure if i could get a better deal somewhere else. looking to buy 2-4 nets.

07-06-2005, 12:48 PM
$20 at Elkhorn Bait and Tackle I am told.

07-06-2005, 04:43 PM
You said it is hard this time of year to get salmon because it is not in season. That is not true. It is open right now.

07-07-2005, 08:51 AM
no what i meant is that there's not alot of them right now. i know it's in season, but the salmon are not plentiful enough to actually have a consistant catch.

07-07-2005, 07:20 PM
i have been having no trouble coming home with fish


07-07-2005, 08:33 PM
red rock crabs are open yr round and the limit is like 20
and the bait of choice is salmon heads...
stop by the wharf and go thur the trash for them..
I just use the one from the fish cleaning table at
the harbor....
reds are I think a little sweeter than dungies.....

07-07-2005, 10:43 PM
I like using Herring. I have an old meat grinder in the garage that I use to grind them up for the bait cups. Sometimes a fish carcass finds its way into my traps... however, with the carcasses we have pulled up traps with big octopus in them. Anyone else get Octopus (Octopi?) in their traps?

07-08-2005, 08:45 AM
i've never tried herring. so grinding it is better than using it whole. i guess it smells more. but no, i've never got an octipus in my traps. i wouldn't know what to do with it if i did.

07-08-2005, 12:22 PM
Don't red rock crabs only grow to like 6 or 7 inches? How are you supposed to eat them when they are that small?

07-08-2005, 01:33 PM
if you're talking about the shell just being 6-7" then that's pretty nice. in the winter i get ones the size of dungies you buy at the store. majority are smaller though. if it's smaller than 5" it gets tossed back. legally they have to be 4", but that's still too small. personally, i don't like them. not enought meat. so i take them to my mom and that's like an "Ok ticket" for me to go back fishing and doing other things.

mainly, like fishing, you go for the experience and for fun.

07-09-2005, 07:56 AM
So... is there enough meat in a 6 inch rock crab to warrant cooking and eating them? (the legs of course)

07-09-2005, 09:33 AM
So is this an issue of whether we should keep red/rock crabs then?

07-09-2005, 09:53 AM
no no, "should" has nothing to do with it. im just wondering if i can take home a few rock crabs and make a nice dinner, that's all. I tried to fry up bluegill once but it was just too much work and too little meat. I am wonder if this is the same.

07-09-2005, 12:13 PM
the meat in rock crabs is only in the legs,
the body isn't the same as the dungies...
there isn't the meat sack area inside the there,
and yes 4/5 would be great, they have small legs
and so theres not alot, but what there is,,, is good

07-14-2005, 11:14 PM
So dungeness season is over, but you could still crab for red rock right? Or is crabbing off entirely?

07-15-2005, 01:15 PM
I went near the bay in Doran park, used halibut and canned dog food.

07-15-2005, 01:59 PM
you can still crab for red rock

07-15-2005, 02:23 PM
how'd you do

07-16-2005, 09:57 PM
Trout man

Got a couple things for ya.

1) New crab traps out at Denio's in roseville for 16 bucks. I found mine there used for 5 bucks each (got lucky).

2) Not sure on the regs, but octopus is good eating. Hell , I have even had it raw. Good eats.

3) Bait for the traps = fresh spanish mackeral

4) Try Pacifica pier ;D

07-16-2005, 10:16 PM
Well using Salmon heads bought at my local super market, I went to pacifica pier on friday. I had two keeper dungeness, but had to release them.

07-18-2005, 08:58 AM
i've only been to two places: underneath the golden gate and the pier at fisherman's wharf. So where is Pacifica at? Is that where you can keep dungies? I've heard of a place where you can but I also heard from my buddy that the method is different.