Sand crabs, where did they go?

fshholc

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About 2-3 weeks ago the water temperature dropped from 72 to 60 degrees and the sand crabs disappeared. For you surf fishing guys, where did they go? Hibernation? I can still find them but they're more solitary Really have to work at it. I only surf fish during the summer months when the water's relatively warm and have never experienced this before. This is in the north San Diego area.
 
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Kareem Korn

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I don't know dick about sand crabs, but have noticed the same. There were even alot of mole crabs as well. Now nothing.
 
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About 2-3 weeks ago the water temperature dropped from 72 to 60 degrees and the sand crabs disappeared. For you surf fishing guys, where did they go? Hibernation? I can still find them but they're more solitary Really have to work at it. I only surf fish during the summer months when the water's relatively warm and have never experienced this before. This is in the north San Diego area.
And with the disappearance of sand crabs you can add corbina to the missing list.
 
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Went to O’side Harbor beach Friday for a little bodysurf/surf fishing time. The place was packed with people! Swam a little and then fished the incoming tide. Or at least tried to fish. Too many people and I had a tough time finding sand crabs. I did find some though and fished for about 30 minutes for small bites (surf perch probably) but no fish. I gave up due to the masses of people giving me dirty looks (as though I was going to snag their kids or something). Life guard was kicking swimmers out of the surf only area all afternoon. During one of the lifeguards many evacuation orders I asked if I was ok fishing in the surf only area. Lifeguard replied, “Ya, your good”. I usually see several corbina in the water but this day I saw zero. Son and I did see a couple of fins in the waves which ended up being leopard sharks, with one being about 3 feet long. Sand crabs are there and the water is warming at 69 degrees yesterday.
 
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How was the tide when you couldn't find them ? I've noticed that at low tide they're harder to find.I've also found plenty of them in an area and then several hours later you find none.Maybe they just stay down in the sand.
 
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    This past Wednesday, I fished between Moonlight and Stonesteps, and saw plenty of sand crabs. I used the bloodworms I bought and landed 2 spotfin (1 jumbo) 2 small corbina and a small leopard shark.
     
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    fshholc

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    I fish north of Carlsbad State Beach and have had great days and lots of fish but for the last 2.5 weeks with the colder water they've been hard to find. Have only had one skunk day but lots of 2-4 fish days lately, which is on the slow side. I'm usually wading for 2-4 hours a session, fishing a carolina rig. Low to medium tide in this area seems to be the best for finding the medium to larger sand crabs. High tide you find the small ones. The quality Spotfin bite has been great all summer.
     
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    mrkrabs

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    Lard ass
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    ranchero

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    fished tamarack sunday- have had probs locating good size crabs again. Saw large corbina that did not want plastic grubs and kids did not bring their post- surf slings.

    They went and crawled around the jetty and handed me 7-8 graet size sand crabs. I put those in the pocket of my birdwells and site casted to corbina- no takers- so frustrating!

    Try mussels if no crabs- sometimes it's the hot ticket.
     
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