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PostSun Jan 27, 2019 11:56 am 
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Hey guys - I took up stand up paddleboarding a couple of year ago.  This past summer I was out right at the start of crab season and I realized that I could have quite a smörgåsbord and a lot of fun dropping pots off on my SUP.  Problem is I don't really know where to start.  I've got it on my calendar to buy a few crab pots this February before price gouging occurs when they're in season.  Can anyone recommend some good pots online?
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PostSun Jan 27, 2019 12:50 pm 
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Costco sells a package near the start of crab season.
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PostSun Jan 27, 2019 3:54 pm 
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FWIW: I've caught my limit using waders, a garden rake, a ruler and a plastic garbage bag.  Wade out into shallow flats (e.g. north shore of Samish Island) , look for crabs, when you see one that looks big enough, move the rake toward the crab, it will then grab the rake, lift, measure, if big enough, drop in garbage bag tied to belt, if not drop back into water.
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PostMon Jan 28, 2019 12:50 am 
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I've got a couple of your basic cage type crab pots.  And the bait cages that go in the pots.  And the crab ruler to check the size of crab.  I'll sell it all to you for $50.  I used them a couple years then just lost interest.  PM me if you want to pick them up.

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PostMon Jan 28, 2019 4:07 pm 
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There's heavy ones, more $$, and lighter collapsible ones, less $$. I think you want the heavy ones if you are expecting current, but I've never used these except in a boat with a pot puller (another reason to go light, may be hard to pull up in a SUP). Given you're on a SUP, you can probably get by with the lighter ones. Outdoor Emporium in Seattle has decent deals on these ones.
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PostMon Jan 28, 2019 6:03 pm 
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1st rule: don't loan them to "friends".
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PostTue Jan 29, 2019 9:54 am 
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Thanks guys.  Is this a pretty reasonable rig at a fair price or can I do better?  Costco and or Outdoor Emporium sounds like a good backup.

2-Pack of KUFA Vinyl Coated crab Trap & accessory kit (100' Poly Rope with line weight,Clipper,Harness,Bait Bag & 14" Float) (S60+CAP3)x2 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MTAK9C5/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_vviuCb316DJ01
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PostTue Jan 29, 2019 11:30 am 
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That's a lightweight trap but it's a good price. My neighbor goes out on her paddleboard with her dog (British Lab) and pulls traps so it can be done.
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PostThu Jan 31, 2019 9:58 am 
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I think the OE ones are the same price and same package as that Amazon one, but I haven't looked in a few months.
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PostThu Jan 31, 2019 10:11 am 
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Being on a SUP you're going to want it to be as easy to use as possible. Some of those can be a real pain to get in and out of. I also like to have the bait cage fixed in the middle. These are nice, not sure if the kayak model is big enough to let the crab in?

https://www.mckayshrimpandcrabgear.com/store/-c14044134
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PostThu Jan 31, 2019 5:01 pm 
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Interesting with a SUP.  I have NEVER seen anyone drop or pick up a crab pot on a SUP.  Not even someone doing it in a canoe or kayak.  NEVER.  Those things are heavy!  even the light one take a LONG time to pull up from the bottom.

I recommend you borrow one crap pot.  See what it is like to drop, then pull it up from the depths of the water on your SUP before you buy anything.  And DURING an ebb or flow of the tides.

You might change your mind.

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PostThu Jan 31, 2019 5:42 pm 
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And whatever you do, Stay out of the bight of the line.
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PostFri Feb 01, 2019 11:32 am 
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Thanks guys.  I appreciate the info.

There are a few protected inlets where people drop from a SUP all the time.  I probably won't be dropping them in depths greater than 10'.
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PostSat Feb 02, 2019 3:30 pm 
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People definitely crab in the San Juans from small craft. You should be able to pull it off.
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PostSat Feb 02, 2019 9:35 pm 
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I tried it from my kayak.  The trap was lightweight and wanted to drift so I couldn't leave it.  I gave up.  I saw another kayaker pulling in what looked like the heavier, hard core pots after he left them out.  This was in Alsea Bay in Oregon.  Stand up paddling and Amazon were not popular yet.  It was dial up internet.

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