Why don't we fish with tuna crabs?

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  1. egarratt

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    When we were catching all those big shallow water yellowtail just offshore in sight of Long Beach last year, the tuna crabs were drifting through. When the crabs disappeared, so did the yellowtail. Hmmm.
     
  3. fishnfool101380

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    Was searching for info on imitation red crab and found this thread. I have been wanting to try this for years now just never seems to pan out for whatever reason.

    Just my .02 cents.

    I think when the fish are keyed in on the crab they will single out a single crab. Several years ago I was trolling in the area of the east fly. One of my guys had a red plastic feather tied on. Engine started to misfire and was acting weird (first trip out on this new to me boat) so I shut it down and let the trollers sink out. About 20 minutes in to poking around on the motor the red hoochi gets slammed and we landed a bluefin.
     
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    And a bigger boat!
     
  5. SouthBayKiller

    SouthBayKiller I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Never caught a Pelagic with one, but cod, whitefish and bass love them.
     
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  6. ZZZZZ

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    Codfish enjoy. Pin a bunch on. Nice easy meal package

    Have not had the chance yet. But if the sea conditions felt correct. Have wanted to put a huge wad of red crabs in a thin mesh bag with hook. Like 1lbs of alive red crab. Then fish it like a chunk

    Like a wad of eggs in a mesh bag for trout

    1 red crab is not worth the energy expended for a tuna to eat. Maybe 50 red crabs in a meal package is worth using lazy energy to eat. Red crabs don't fire tuna up. 50 red crabs on a single inhale sounds enticing. Not sure
     
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    These have been very productive for me. Obviously not for Tuna, but YT and WSB love 'em.
    Can't buy them but they're easy enough to make. Leadhead with "Ruby Slipper" dip (shown in front), NOS Z-man chatter shrimp from ebay.

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    Not likely, but don’t let me deter anyone. The problem is that the bluefin have excellent eyesight so likely won’t fall for the banana in the tailpipe.

    Just think how much trouble we go through using fluorocarbon leader, downsizing hooks, hooking baits to hide the hook, etc... tough to get past their excellent vision.

    I do remember the first time I encountered one... back in the late 80’s one of the deckhands netted a couple and put them in the livewell, and I was fascinated with it. They do have a pretty serious pinch, but not as bad as getting ‘beaked’ by a squid.

    As others have mentioned, when the tuna are feeding on them they are gorging, as evidenced by the masses in their stomachs, so fishing them individually doesn’t seem to be a high-percentage technique.
     
  9. InDeepShip

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    Shh I tried it after seeing people in the delta use salmon eggs in
     
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    1lb fluoro line big mesh bag. A big 7691 or circle hook of choice or hook of choice. Filled with purple chunk, mac oily chunk, baby ahi chunk, dine chunk, red crabs, lobster tail, berkley gulp, box fish, ect all in one bait. Appropriate size of combo baits combined in a single inhale protein package. Saved in a shaded small iced cooler waiting. Fished chunk stylee

    That's allot of giant feeding instinct going on. For the mellow tickle bite
     
  11. ZZZZZ

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    Gel capsule that releases scent after being submerged in water for x amount of time. Inside the mesh bag chunk multi bait. Berkley is good at that so it can be done

    If combo sack chunk sinks too fast. Inflate with air for customized slower sink rate.
     
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    SouthBayKiller I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Works for people, why not?
     
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    Back in the 80’s I was fishing on a friends boat off the kelp at San Onofre. The crabs were drifting through and the Bass wouldn’t touch a chovie. I took a bait scoop and leaned over the side and snagged one. I put a #4 hook in one and it got bit about 30 feet behind the boat. My friends were both a little seasick and were laying down and dozed off. When they woke up l had a limit.
     
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    Nailed em with these this past summer at Cedros and on my 7 day.....calicos, rockfish, YT, halibut, YFT...…….Thanks for posting! ordered off ebay, 1-3oz lead heads...…..very effective...….
     
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    I would eat that

    And this. Buffet style plates are attractive and satisfying. Eat me written all over it

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