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hermit crabs

Posted: Mon Jun 07, 2010 12:04 pm
by dontcatchmuch
hi could any one please tell me of a mail order supplyer for hermit crabs
steve

Posted: Fri Aug 20, 2010 2:58 pm
by Esskie
You may have found somewhere by now but if not try Online Baits, they have a wide range of crabs and other baits both live or frozen

Just tell em when you want em delivered for seven quid which is pretty good I think

Cheers, Andy

Posted: Fri Aug 20, 2010 4:51 pm
by dontcatchmuch
cheers andy i did find somewhere but it wasent online baits so it,s stilll helpfull
thanks steve

Posted: Sat Aug 21, 2010 2:06 pm
by Esskie
No probs Steve,

Ironically, I received a couple of packs of frozen peelers in amongst a bait pack yesterday

Been starting to make a wee stockpile of frozen ones for the coming winter ;)

Hermits seem to becoming more popular huh?......whether that's an indication that there's less peelers than there once was or for some other reason I don't know? :-/

Never used hermit myself but I do remember being told how to get live ones out of their shell without killing them..........it involved heating the base of the shell until the crab pops it's head out enough allowing you to get hold of it :)

it's the large 'sac' at the rear of the crab that's the good bit is it?

Cheers, Andy

Posted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 12:56 pm
by dontcatchmuch
Esskie wrote:No probs Steve,

Ironically, I received a couple of packs of frozen peelers in amongst a bait pack yesterday

Been starting to make a wee stockpile of frozen ones for the coming winter ;)

Hermits seem to becoming more popular huh?......whether that's an indication that there's less peelers than there once was or for some other reason I don't know? :-/

Never used hermit myself but I do remember being told how to get live ones out of their shell without killing them..........it involved heating the base of the shell until the crab pops it's head out enough allowing you to get hold of it :)

it's the large 'sac' at the rear of the crab that's the good bit is it?

Cheers, Andy
hi andy i think it,s that bit well thats the bit i used ,but blamked so maybe i was wrong
steve

Posted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 2:15 pm
by Esskie
Hi Steve,
No I'm almost positive your right mate, I've never used hermit crab myself but I'm guessing as with most crabs that it stinks?

you just have to smell your hands or your towel if using softback or peelers to know it's going to have a good scent so I wouldn't blame your blank on the crab mate, were you fishing it as part of a cocktail or on it's own?
I'l admit, a couple of big lug on first, whatever main bait I'm using and often a slice of squid to tip it is one of my favourite cocktails

were you out over the big spring tides towards the tail end of last week at all mate?

3 of us went out with 1 heading home before 11 as he had work on the Friday but myself and Pter (from this forum) stayed out but even a favourite deep water mark was showing bottom at low tide which it normally never does!

Your's truly hadn't accounted for the water going out further :D :D

Posted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 2:52 pm
by dontcatchmuch
hi andy i used the crab on its own but since then ive found out a bit more on using them . as to lug and squid cocktails probthe most comomn there is but at the same time one of the best id think norm works well when fish are about . i was out last friday,saturday down at my caravan on the thames estuary but only had a couple of very small bass ,was out on sunday with the thames boys we were up at west mersea in a frendly inter forum comp with the east forum had a blinding day cought my first ever rays 2 in total one about 3 and 1/2lb and the other about 6 lb plus lernt a lot on the trip aswell
cheers steve

Posted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 9:09 am
by Esskie
Hi Steve,
Soz for takin so long to reply to this post mate

Yes the squid n lug is an old favourite isn't it, a couple of big blacks followed by a nice juicy peeler with yer squid strip on the end ;) .....crab always seems to work well though

I was out over the w/end and found some small but fresh lobster claws that'd just been thrown over the wall from the boats so me being me I picked them up
Raw lobster meat doesn't stay on the hook too well though as you can imagine, I was putting a couple of bits on with whatever I was using then a few wraps of elastic.

Something to keep in mind as that spot is bound to attract fish at high tide with all that free food lying about?, even if the fish coudn't crush the claw the smell is still likely to attract it huh?

Nice one on your first ray/s there Steve mate :D :D

I'll bet the one at 6lb felt pretty heavy?, like pulling in a kite if it went side on to the current.

rays are a species I haven't heard too much of in this area unfortunately, you do read about different rays being caught on the west coast however. I'm located pretty much at the mouth of the Firth of Forth so not sure if they'll be around in any numbers if at all?

Posted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 11:15 am
by dontcatchmuch
hi esskie yep 6lb ray felt like side of a house i was using a 9ft 21/2lb test curve troling rod very very soft and light action but what fun they were on it as to the lobster claws if it comes out of the sea why not try as a bait you never know all the best and tight lines
steve