hardback crab for bass

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hardback crab for bass

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i fish the hamble estuary down south for bass but cant get through the tiny schoolies on worm. i was wondering if floatfishing a live hardback crab a foot or 2 off the bottom would work? surely would be more selective.

all thoughts welcome!! :)



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Hard back crabs would be good for 2 things in my opinion. Wrasse and smoothound ;)

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There is no doubt that large bass fill up on 50p sized hardback crabs but they do not seem to work as bait.
A locally abundant fish livebait would be better. :-O :D

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End of july, catch small pout or pollack and live bait them for some rod bending action. ;)

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Post by bigdave1988 »

cheers guys!!

i will definately be trying a livebait down there soon. Only issue is i would imagine the bass are munching little mullet in the river and they will be virtually impossible to catch for bait.

i could perhaps try and get a few pout from town quay and try them there but how could i keep them alive long enough?

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Only way to keep live bait alive long enough is to get a good size bucket with a airiator ;)

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Your original post has the answer . ;)

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cheers guys sounds like a solid plan. pinch the air pump out me fish tank for a little while. ;) :>

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Post by baitdigger »

whole or live joey mackerel would be the better option imho.

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The joey mackeral yes, mostly from a boat. Most people around my area stick to the pout/whiting/pollock option ;)

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