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 Posted: Sun Oct 25th, 2020 08:29 pm
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Marcus123
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Hello. What is the best way to fish crabs for yellowfish in rapids or close to them in the Vaal River? I heard people throw in a crab with no weight and let it drift and then other people say to throw behind a rock with a sliding trace. How do you rig the crab for smallmouth and largemouth and how to catch the crabs ?
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 Posted: Mon Oct 26th, 2020 11:19 am
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Hi very easy way to catch crabs is with pichard on a hook let it sink to the bottom for a few minutes the crabs will attach its self onto the bait..then you pull out ur line..another option is also using a small net with bait inside.

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 Posted: Mon May 10th, 2021 07:39 am
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He asked hoe to fish crabs not how to catch them. Im also onterested to know

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 Posted: Mon May 10th, 2021 12:37 pm
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Hi all,

To rig a crab, tear off the 1st and 4th leg against the crabs body and push the hook through the pockets created, where the legs were. Don't go to deep through the body itself to keep the crab alive. Crabs the size of a R5 coin and smaller are the best. If crabs are bigger than a R5 tear the pinchers of as well, as they tend to fight back with the fish.

Ill try and attach a pic of my rig. But in short I take a few old sinkers and melt it down and cast my own with an old teaspoon. The flat teaspoon shaped sinkers is not so easily pushed in the current, and helps lift the rig of the rocky bottom when reeling in.

Hopes this helps.

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 Posted: Mon May 10th, 2021 12:39 pm
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Hopes this helps.

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 Posted: Tue May 11th, 2021 06:14 pm
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Ok, not a everyday venture, yellow fishing!!!

so we do fish for them in the summer rains.
we do not fish the big rivers as we can normally see the fish feeding in the small streams.

so what we do is, go to a stream which has a flood plain, which has scattered rocks.
all you need to do is lift the rocks and find the crabs.
big ones and small ones, it does not matter.

if you cannot get crabs, then fish with earth worms or termites.

like i said, we can normally see them feeding.

we would use a j-hook and about 40-60cm above the j-hook we would place a wine cork inline.

because it is sight fishing, we stand on the edge of the stream and then place the baited hook inside the water and letting it flow with the current.

it is normally fast flowing streams, so we only place the bait out, follow it until the slack is taken up and then we place it again higher up in the stream.

just watch the cork, it normally goes down with a bang.

the other area we do target is where the fast running stream goes into a wider area.
there we will cast out the cork with the crab.
let it drift down current and here we will let out line, to cause a natural moving bait.

you will be surprised how hard they take the bait.
even the smaller ones do not play.

we also do not use the whole crab, but rather pieces of it. we were fishing more for small mouth but we did succeed in getting a large mouth too.

so if you do get a small crab, we would normally break off all the legs, break open the shell and only use the meat inside of the shell.
let me see if i can find a picture of the ones we caught earlier this year.

i hope this helps.

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