Some Personal Tips on using Crab Snares
- Find a low swell, low tide, low wind day within the crabbing season. This is different for every state so be sure to check your state's fishing regulations.
- Crab snares... bring a few because you might lose one if they get snagged in the water.
- If the current is strong, I would recommend using a 5oz pyramid sinker and attach it to the bottom of the snare with a clip. If not, a 3oz should work fine.
- Make sure you have at least a 25 (30lb recommended) fishing line so you don't break off the POUND of tackle you'll be heaving out into the ocean.
- Pack the snare with fresh squid and let the snare soak for 8 minutes. When ready, check and see what you have.
- On your retrieve, point you pole to the horizon with the slack line taken out. Pull back as if you're setting a hook, but do it smooth. Start reeling simultaneously. If it feels like you're hauling in an old tire, you'll be sure to be ecstatic when you see the 7 inch Dungeness crab dragging it's legs in the sand leaving a trail of slices in the sand.
- Rinse and Repeat.
For a more compressive guide, check out my video on crab snares below: