8-2 Crab

goatram

Notable Member Gate Keeper to the Great Northwest
Apr 3, 2008
10,511
6,333
113
Stanwood, WA
Name
grrrrrrrr
Boat
33' RBW MISS ELIZA
Two Pots

Three Days

Four Crabs total for three days of effort. I will admit that I set them then my son would pull them after work and I pulled them Yesterday morning and this morning.

This was at Kayak Point.:shithappens:

Not many others where getting Limits

Fishing Sucked. Pulled my pots this afternoon for the weekend. Bunch of Females along with two undersized males. No my pots were I placed them. Nobody pulled them by mistake to releave me of my bounty. :waglleybooty::hali_olutta:

NO CRAB TO BE HAD BY THIS WHITE BOY:finger::rofl:
 

kallitype

big liar
Jun 29, 2010
685
54
28
Vashon WA
Name
TER ROTH
Boat
LIvingston 14, Hobie Adventure kayak
Same down here in are 11----the commercials pulled their pots last week, after leaving about 100 pot for the better part of a month----pretty well cleaned out Quartermaster harbor, left all the runts and females for us. Thanks, tribes and commercials---for nuttin!!
 

t_dub

I remember when I used to fish.............
Jan 3, 2010
735
322
63
Kenmore
Name
Ty
Boat
20' Hewescraft Searunner
it sure was better last year. seems like the commies and tribal pretty much carpet bombed all of 8-2 before our season started
 

rkcarguy

Member
Dec 4, 2009
1,512
6
38
North Puget Sound
Name
Ryan
Boat
4' more baylitter than JohnVH
So much for that extra quota huh guys?
Indian and commie effort is up big time, and I wonder if anyone is doing the tally or the pilfering is going on un-regulated?
I'm probably going to give the MA7 south opener a try and see what kind of scraps we were left.
 

wetwhopper

Newbie
Jun 23, 2010
42
0
0
Pacific Beach, Wa.
Name
Richard Villar
Boat
Lisa Christine (20' Koffler)
Same... same... out my way. Tons of males... legal size, but shells were way soft! Made it out to the sunken jetty, got my butt kicked and my trusty fishing partner (my dog) hurled all over my deck. Thought about stick'n it in my crab pot???
 

dragonballs

I'm off probation
Mar 28, 2008
8,859
7,079
113
Arlington WA
Name
Vance
Boat
40' ocean sport fisher
man that blows I am glad I haven't even gone out...:finger:
 

Elkfins

Ungrateful Prick
Aug 8, 2008
4,261
3,168
113
Tacoma, WA
Name
Steve
Boat
"Cleanup Required" '99 Grady White 232 Gulfstream
Went out in MA11 yesterday... zero, zilch, nada.

this is bullshit!!!
 

windyridgeranch

El Capitan - M/V Cast Away
Sep 28, 2009
463
33
28
Snohomish/WA
Name
Karen
Boat
33' Wellcraft Coastal "Cast Away"
I was so disgusted last week that I fired off an email to the WDFW director's office. My question was - why are the commercial's and tribes allowed to fish all the area so hard right up to sport season? Why can't their size limit be a tiny bit bigger than ours so at least there is something left??? Here's the response I received:


The commercial crab gear you are seeing is a treaty fishery that was scheduled to be open for seven days. The tribal fishery that opened in late June occurred after test results of crab shell condition indicated the molt was complete. The tribes operate their crab fishery to take a portion of their quota of crab during the favorable market conditions that exist during the summer months. The tribal summer crab fisheries are not violating allocation nor conservation principles used to manage the Dungeness crab resource. The state recognizes that although these tribal summer fisheries adhere to agreed management provisions, we continue to work with tribes in each region to negotiate reduction of impacts from their fishery to summer state recreational opportunity. In general, the Tribes structure their fishery to target about 50% of their annual quota during the summer period usually just before the recreational fishery opens. The benefit of this strategy is that it provides for a recreational only fishery (sole harvest group) for the majority of the summer period (July 1through Labor Day). In essence, most Puget Sound marine areas become non-commercial zones after the limited summer treaty fishery is completed.

Well, duh....the marine area's become non-commercial. There's nothing left!

Thanks for letting me rant guys. I can hardly wait for the day when the seiner's are fishing the bar....
 

goatram

Notable Member Gate Keeper to the Great Northwest
Apr 3, 2008
10,511
6,333
113
Stanwood, WA
Name
grrrrrrrr
Boat
33' RBW MISS ELIZA
Karen your wish might come true yet. 50% of their alacation is 100% of the available catch.

Rich Calm the weather down your way and I will join you in your home port.
 

blackmouther

10%er during Salmon Season
Jun 29, 2009
2,606
389
83
Mount Vernon Washington
Name
Fowlmotuher
Boat
Shopping
Same as halibut. They fish up to the day before the bullshit tiny opener and when it closes for us they have a subsistance fishery that provides 2 a day for the rest of the year. There is enough people pissed about this shit you would think we could rally against them and change things a bit. Either that or give them all the native fish and make them pay for the hatchery created fish when they incidentally catch them in there fucking gill nets. It also doesnt help having a purebred skagit indian as one of washingtons supreme court justices. As well as all the money they need for lawyers thanks to casino revenue. Awesome
 

dragonballs

I'm off probation
Mar 28, 2008
8,859
7,079
113
Arlington WA
Name
Vance
Boat
40' ocean sport fisher
I was so disgusted last week that I fired off an email to the WDFW director's office. My question was - why are the commercial's and tribes allowed to fish all the area so hard right up to sport season? Why can't their size limit be a tiny bit bigger than ours so at least there is something left??? Here's the response I received:


The commercial crab gear you are seeing is a treaty fishery that was scheduled to be open for seven days. The tribal fishery that opened in late June occurred after test results of crab shell condition indicated the molt was complete. The tribes operate their crab fishery to take a portion of their quota of crab during the favorable market conditions that exist during the summer months. The tribal summer crab fisheries are not violating allocation nor conservation principles used to manage the Dungeness crab resource. The state recognizes that although these tribal summer fisheries adhere to agreed management provisions, we continue to work with tribes in each region to negotiate reduction of impacts from their fishery to summer state recreational opportunity. In general, the Tribes structure their fishery to target about 50% of their annual quota during the summer period usually just before the recreational fishery opens. The benefit of this strategy is that it provides for a recreational only fishery (sole harvest group) for the majority of the summer period (July 1through Labor Day). In essence, most Puget Sound marine areas become non-commercial zones after the limited summer treaty fishery is completed.

Well, duh....the marine area's become non-commercial. There's nothing left!

Thanks for letting me rant guys. I can hardly wait for the day when the seiner's are fishing the bar....

you should send this to Larry Carpenter he is on the board and is an advocate for sport fishing.,, he owns master marine in mount vernon
 

mackdj

Puddle Pirate
Jul 11, 2011
171
0
0
WA
Name
Deryn
Boat
Boat whore
We live across the bay from Kayak Point on Camano. There have been way less crab on our beach this year breeding, even before the natives hit it hard we were not seeing the usual crab buried in the mud breeding. The natives did not help of course, but for some reason the numbers are way down this year overall. Last year we could easily go out at low tide and pick up 8-10 keepers right off the beach, this year 3 is a lucky day.

And to the douchebag moron dipshits on our beach that dig up all the breeding pairs out of the mud only to realize they are an undersized male and a mating female and then LEAVE THEM ON THE MUD TO BAKE IN THE SUN AND DIE..............SCREW YOU!
 

chadminnick

Newbie
Feb 24, 2011
500
0
16
Bellevue, WA USA
Name
Mr. Trouble
Boat
Just sold it. Landlubber for a few months.
We've been doing fine in 8-2. Limits every day except today. We got six out of possible ten because of some seastars taking up residence in a couple pots. But of the six today three were softees. Hardly any females.

There are a lot of 5" males. So I'm thinking August/Sept. should still be fishing pretty good for them. These suckers grow fast.
 

BugeaterInWa

Fear the Corn
Aug 10, 2008
4,469
1,567
113
Kitsap WA
Name
Matt
Boat
Boulton
So I was at a store this weekend and the nice lady in line in front of me was chatting with the gal at the register. She was talking about crabbing so I decided to be patient and just listen. The customer is telling the employee about how they got 200 crab the day before and now someone has "Corked" their pots. I kinda interupted and said how I couldn't stand that and how my pots where all by themselves and then BAM, I have 8 pots all around mine. Even had to untangle a few of them... The customer then leans over the counter and covers her mouth as to be secretive but then loud enough for me to hear says "fucking white people are the ones corking us but we will fix it, we will just ROW out and take care of them".

She left, I asked the clerk if that large, blue eyed, blonde haired woman was a native american. She said, nope, she is married to a tribal member.

Oh, and on my way home last night between 6-8pm I saw at least 8 commerical boats loaded to the gills with pots going down the hwy...

Edit: We did ok, but more work than crab in the box, but nothing like we have become used to.
 

Peteb

newbie my ass
Nov 30, 2010
708
200
43
Lake Havasu City, Az
Name
Pete
Boat
20' Wooldridge Pisces II
Not much better for us. Didn't do so hot at Hat Island last weekend on the opener so we thought we'd try over by Kingston. 4 pots, 3 pulls 4 crab. Went back over to Edmonds side, one more drop, 1 crab. Grand total 4 pots, 4 pulls, 8 hours, 5 crab.
Hopefully it will be better up north when that opens.
 

hybridcx

Well-Known "Member"
Aug 12, 2009
1,095
79
48
Sequim, Wa
Name
Jacob
Boat
22' c dory "plus 3"; willie db
sucks to hear you guys are scratching them out. hopefully it gets better as the summer goes on.
 

Wolff

Newbie
Jun 3, 2012
42
19
8
Anacortes/WA/usa
Name
Clark
Boat
none
I live on Similk beach/bay, MA 8-1. From my deck I can see all the activity down to La Conner and out to Deception Pass. Usually, in June there is very little going on. Around June 28th I heard a boat and went out to have a look.
Crab pots were everywhere. The natives worked that area hard for 3 days up until the opener on Sunday July 1st when 35 sporties showed up to find what was left.
 

Jiff

Newbie
Jun 30, 2009
18
2
3
Lynnwood, Anacortes WA
www.flickr.com
Name
Jeff
Boat
'95 Bayliner Ciera Sunbridge 2655
My usual spot in MA7 Fidalgo-side was full of commercial and/or Indian pots until the end of April. Hope the Indians didn't do their one week thing the last week of June there. Maybe a few grew to legal in ten weeks.
 

Hunter Dan

I've posted enough I should edit this section
Jun 30, 2011
2,447
1,073
113
Stauffer
Name
Dan
Boat
MUGWUMP
We went to MA10 on the opener, along the same stretch I noted tribal commercial effort earlier and took 4 easy limits in a couple of hours. We merely set the gear 30-50 feet deeper than than the tribes were setting thier gear. They ALWAYS carpet bomb the shallow areas early and save the deeper water for winter fisheries. Note where the actual commercials and tribes set their gear when we're winter blackmouth fishing. Those same zones hold crab all year. Tit for Tat, pound the easy shallow water before we get our opener and we can send 200k plus out there to pound thier winter zones.
 

rkcarguy

Member
Dec 4, 2009
1,512
6
38
North Puget Sound
Name
Ryan
Boat
4' more baylitter than JohnVH
Good job firing off an email Karen.
I guess we'll have to wait and see what kind of season tally we get. I'm betting we'll fall quite a bit short on our "new and improved" quota, and then we'll hopefully have some numbers to put behind the complaints.
 

Humpy

Admiral
Sep 3, 2011
45
3
8
Snohomish Washington
Name
Michael Humphreys
Boat
25.6' Saratoga Express
If you go alittle out off the beaten path there are tons, and I mean TONS of crab.
I have found them and know where to set my gear agian. You have to spend the fuel and time but there there. I wish I could take alot of us to my spot and get limits for all, But if you just putting out off the launch or harbor... your not going to find nothing.
There's alot of whining going on and over @ my place were high 5in" I dunno what to say.
All the normal spots are dry try to find some virgin ground? READY....GO!!!!
HUMPY
 

Hewes OP

Night Crawlers & Powerbait Baby!!
Apr 2, 2010
897
358
63
Arlington, WA
Name
Geoff
Boat
Hewes OceanPro "TIN-ASS-CITY" & Starcraft 1648 Mod V for the ducks
Wow!! I'm glad i decided to stay home last weekend. Looks like I will just wait for MA 7 opener.
 

Take-Down

Newbie
May 4, 2012
4
0
0
Seattle, WA
Name
Ryan
Boat
High Yield
Just following up on Humpy's post. We too have been finding lots of crab and taking easy limits. For those whose efforts have been hampered by tribal competition here are a couple points. First, the only competition that we should be facing right now is from tribes. Non-tribal commercials start later in the year and are not allowed at all in MA 10, 11, 12, and 13. The tribes have rough quotas. They catch their summer crab fast and then usually hang it up until later in the year. Among other things, this helps them space out the supply and avoid a glut. So if you've been competing with non-recs, it's with tribes, and it's probably pretty much done for the summer by now. Recreational crabbers no longer have an arbitrary "quota". We can catch up to the entire state share in most Marine Areas. If there is state share left in the winter, the non-tribal commercials get a season. In most MAs there are a lot of crab left and they move around. Weighted pots stuffed with fresh bait should produce in most areas over time. Good luck.
 

chadminnick

Newbie
Feb 24, 2011
500
0
16
Bellevue, WA USA
Name
Mr. Trouble
Boat
Just sold it. Landlubber for a few months.
Humpy showed me his super secret spot on a chart but I haven't been over there yet because I don't want to burn the fuel. ;)

We've just been crabbing in the crowd with a few hundred of our closest friends and still been doing fine. But I'm stocking the pots with lots of bait and soaking overnight. It might be slower if I soak for an hour at a time.