Why don't we fish with tuna crabs?

john e.

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I dont know perhaps theyre too small to be an effective bait, or maybe theyre just too hard to get
 

Carl

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I remember people bringing crawdads out on cattle boats when I was a kid, '83 El Nino.
 
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Bottom Line

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Tuna crabs are VERY soft after they die and hard to keep on the hook - but we did scoop up a bunch and dropper looped them in La Jolla kelp - as with crawdads they worked awesome on sheephead.
 
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garety

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They don't fly line very well.

As I understand they are about 3/4 of an inch long, and the tuna feed on swarms of them rather than just individuals.

That said perhaps there are Lures that could be made to imitate a swarm, but I think you would have a difficult time catching a 100 lb fish on a hook sized for a 3/4 inch crab.
 
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pmurphy

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From Wikipedia:
Pleuroncodes planipes, sometimes called the pelagic red crab (or simply "red crab"), tuna crab or langostilla, is a species of squat lobster from the eastern Pacific Ocean.
Pleuroncodes planipes is a bright red animal, up to 13 centimetres (5.1 in) long. It resembles a
lobster, but has a shorter abdomen.

It's interesting that these exist only southwest of San Diego. The species of tuna that gorge on them, of course, have far wider ranges.
 

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Use them. many time you can just scoop up loads of them.
 

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Way, Way, Way back when (1983) the Tuna Crabs invaded Catalina. The fish gorged themselves on them. My Brother in law and I went out and netted hundred of pounds of them. We thought we could freeze them and use them later as bait. We bagged them up in one gallon Zip locks. Well they don't freeze well, we ended up with bags of Tuna Crab Parts. They crumbled in my hands, I took a handful and tossed it out making the statement this stuff is shit, it fell apart. Well about 30 seconds the Calico's started to foam they went nuts! We tied on a Twin T root beer with red metal flake plastic lure and caught one after another. We continued to chum the pieces and throw plastics. We ended up the day with about 100 calicos each. Good Memories
 

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From Wikipedia:
Pleuroncodes planipes, sometimes called the pelagic red crab (or simply "red crab"), tuna crab or langostilla, is a species of squat lobster from the eastern Pacific Ocean.
Pleuroncodes planipes is a bright red animal, up to 13 centimetres (5.1 in) long. It resembles a
lobster, but has a shorter abdomen.

It's interesting that these exist only southwest of San Diego. The species of tuna that gorge on them, of course, have far wider ranges.
Could these be the elusive offshore lobster of Bad Dog infamy?
 

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Way, Way, Way back when (1983) the Tuna Crabs invaded Catalina. The fish gorged themselves on them. My Brother in law and I went out and netted hundred of pounds of them. We thought we could freeze them and use them later as bait. We bagged them up in one gallon Zip locks. Well they don't freeze well, we ended up with bags of Tuna Crab Parts. They crumbled in my hands, I took a handful and tossed it out making the statement this stuff is shit, it fell apart. Well about 30 seconds the Calico's started to foam they went nuts! We tied on a Twin T root beer with red metal flake plastic lure and caught one after another. We continued to chum the pieces and throw plastics. We ended up the day with about 100 calicos each. Good Memories
Epic...

So instead of using them as bait we need to chum with them!
 

LEGENDS

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Gulp makes a crab, someone needs to slide one back on a jig strike...let us know how it works
 
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Legend has it that back in the 80's people used red scampi twin tails when the tuna crabs were around. I heard it works. Match the hatch.
 

Carl

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Legend has it that back in the 80's people used red scampi twin tails when the tuna crabs were around. I heard it works. Match the hatch.
We used Scampis for everything. Sassy Shads and Scroungers too.
Does anyone else remember Bobo tails that Bobs Bait and Tackle used to sell?
A local guy, Bob Gonzales if I recall correctly, poured them. Used to sell em at Fred Hall too.
That was about 20 years before I heard the term "swimbait".
 
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