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    great thread...thanks for the lesson

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    2011 season opens this coming Saturday!!

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    This was a great article. Most people are so terrified of stone crabs, but in reality, they're slow and clumbsy. It's actually kind of hard to get pinched if you have them out in the open. Just read the portion carefully about reaching in holes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKscuba View Post
    Edit - Guy on a fishing forum Im on posted this, crab noodling

    Crabbing the hard way - YouTube
    I do this quite often, haven't been bit...yet. Stone crabs will 'rock' up when they're in a hole like that. They can't really see well enough to take a swipe at ya.
    I do wear gloves though. That way I can pull my finger back if they do happen to get a claw on it.
    The only time I've been bit is when I was being complacent and paying attention to something other than that crab that was trying to bite me. Didn't take me long to get that claw off...finger was still sore for a couple weeks.
    Damn lionfish just might stop me from doing it anymore though...course they're not really hangin inshore in sand holes though.
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    I think these are legal...
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    Very nice!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cmfish View Post
    I think these are legal...
    Wow those things are gigantic

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    Holy Shiz!!

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    Wowzers. I might need to the west coast.

    Great article. Thanks for posting.

    Do you know how much stone crabbing can be done like that in the east central Florida area?

    Dave

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    There is stone crabbing in east central florida, but be prepared for 2ft. vis and to be bitten by a toadfish or zapped by stargazers
    Eric

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    Personally I never use gloves when Stone crabbing. I use my Bare hands and a bag for the booty!.

    My method is similar to the video posted, I just dont dig the hole out.

    So, using my hand in a wedge fashion, I put my hand in the hole. When I say wedge, I mean palm on the bottom of the hole all fingers together and have the tips of my fingers touching the ceiling of the hole.

    Moving towards the rear of the hole, you can feel whatever is in there with no way for them to 'get you'. When I feel the shell of a crab, I pin it to the bottom of the hole. The crabs feel the pressure but cant reach over their heads to do anything about it, so they bring their claws inward to their bodies.

    This all happens in a matter of seconds. As soon as I feel the claws close to their bodies, I reach part of my hand to the back of the crab and the other holding the claws. Then I pull or scoot them out. Each burrow is different and the style needs to be adjusted. Sometimes it is a quick snatch when you feel a claw but most of the time they 'clam up' and the danger is almost gone.


    I have been clawed more times than I can count, and showing someone this method a few months ago, I got clawed again. More my fault though. I spent too much time in the hole and didnt use my wedge method when I took my hand out a few times trying to explain it.

    But your right, Blue crabs will cut you and hold on til death. Stones, if you relax they let go in a hurry. It's more of a "HEY! I'M HERE! BACK OFF!"

    Great write up, and the place I showed off to a family member was at the SkyWay in the grass
    https://www.google.com/maps?ll=27.67...03484&t=h&z=19

    But I agree, Google earth/maps is a great resource.

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    A technique that I've used with good success to extricate stoneys from their hole when they wedge themselves in is to "jiggle" them. When you have a hold of them by the shell and nearside claw, start gently but rapidly shaking/vibrating them back and forth. They almost always turn loose. Also I wear my "crab guage" around my wrist on a little coil bungee so that I can quickly measure claws before removing them.

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