Anyone Using Mole Crabs as bait?

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  1. Paparockcal

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    Greetings Surf fishermen is anyone using "mole crabs" and/or "Sand Crabs" to fish the surf and if so what are your catches?

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  2. swami 805

    swami 805 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Not sure the name of his site but check out Bill Varney, surf fishing. Pretty much covers surf fishing
     
  3. Grunts N Grits

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    Here in FL just about any and every fish you would find foraging in the surf eats those.
     
  4. hucklongfin

    hucklongfin Deep release specialist

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    Doesn’t pretty much everything in the surf eat sand crabs?
     
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  5. FishinMcNuggets

    FishinMcNuggets Fishin fo' Nutrition!

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    There's a difference btw mole and sand crabs. Those look to be sand crabs.
     
  6. heatsource

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    Soft ones work a little better if you can find them
     
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  7. fishkilr

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    This is an understatement..
     
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  8. Paparockcal

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    I have found them called Sand Crabs, Mole Crabs, and Sand Fleas depending on where they are being talked about across the country and the names vary as to describing other creatures as in some places call sand fleas an actual type of parasitic flea and in others "Sand Crabs, Mole Crabs, and Sand Fleas" may be used interchangeably depending where in the country you are so it can be confusing at times at least to me but then I can be easily confused at times. o_O

    Has anyone ever caught any Pacific Pompano? I always wanted to catch the Atlantic Pompano than ran in the Galveston Island, TX surf but just never got around to it. All the "born on the island" types were always raving about how good eating they were.
     
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  9. pete j

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    I have found them to work best when they have the orange egg sack on their belly. Many surf perch caught with them:-)
     
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  10. Cubeye

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    If I may ask, what is the difference. I always thought Sand Crabs are the ones that live along the surf line in the sand, while Mole Crabs look the same, but are much larger and live in deeper water.
     
  11. lkatdpelicanfly

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    mole crabs are a lot bigger than sandcrabs. I caught one once as a kid...in about 3 feet of water. Similar looking but much bigger and slightly different shape. Sandcrabs work great typically for perch, corbina, spotfin croaker..surf dwelling species. Up in the bay area they catch a lot of Stripers on them from the beach or so I've heard. Pacific Pompano...not sure if they range in the same areas as sand crabs. Some people eat them for shits and giggles on U-tube.

     
  12. MarktheShark56

    MarktheShark56 Well-Known "Member"

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    In SoCal mole crabs are bigger than sand crabs, they eat the smaller sand crabs, are found in the same areas as sand crabs, and will bite the crap out of you if you're not careful! X2 on the softshell sand crabs. Here's a trick: freeze and thaw hard shell ones and they'll become soft shells.
     
  13. FishinMcNuggets

    FishinMcNuggets Fishin fo' Nutrition!

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    X2 what the guys above said. Moles get 5-6 times as big as a sand crabs. Typically deeper water bycatch for me, but I was once bitten by a tiny one in Newport. They have a hornier scarab beetle look.

    Sand crabs are great shore bait. Opt for softer ones, or ones carrying orange egg sacks.
     
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  14. SouthBayKiller

    SouthBayKiller I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    I caught a mole crab on accident once using a sand crab as bait. It was damn near the size of a tennis ball.
     
  15. Paparockcal

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    Well, I for one have learned a lot from all the responses to my original post and I thank everyone for their contributions. :-)
     
  16. Blackfish

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    You won't find Pompano in So Cal. You would have to go to Mexico, fairly far south.

    Sand carbs are ideal for Corbina.
     
  17. RocksandReds

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    Over here on the east coast just about everything its sand fleas as we call em.
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    Nice black drum, and striper!!!
     
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  19. swami 805

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    I used to see a few pampano mixed in with the bait,flat round and shiny silver right? Back in the day of those mixed scoops with brown bait, mackeral and anchovies.
    That is a big Drum!
     
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    We catch alot of pompano on the as well as sea mullet.
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