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    Looking for info regarding Tanners. Thinking about trying for them.
    What do I need to look for?
    depth, type of bottom? Any other info would be great.


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    I caught 15 over the opener and all but two were 1/4 to 3/8 inch too small.
    Fished around 500-750.
    Did not do well in Cochrane.
    There's not that much structure in the close-in bay so I looked for deeper pockets.
    This worked very well down at Homer last year but of course the season didn't open close in this year.
    Boat's being winterized right now...
    Hoping for an early thaw and for those small ones to be legal by spring.

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    In Homer I like to fish in deeper water. For Homer that means 350'+
    Tanners seem to prefer a muddy bottom. My understanding is that they move around stirring up the mud and eating the decaying fish matter stirred up with the mud.
    If you can find an underwater ravine in 350'-600' or more with a muddy bottom that would be a good place to look. Any mud bottom in 350'+ would be a good place to start looking.
    I prefer a good ground up bait with some added herring oil. Then I add a hanging bait such as a cod with slashes in it to release some scent or a Salmon carcass or several of them.
    The ground bait will draw them in and the hanging bait will keep them there. I also think crabs feeding on the hanging bait attracts other crabs into commiting to the pot. kind of like seeing a bunch of people eating an ice cream cone and then you want one too.
    I know me and my wife were pretty dissappointed when they closed the seasom in Homer this year.
    Good luck !! I do love eating fresh crab and Tanner crab taste great to me.
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    Average on soal time for your pots? I was looking around Eshter to explore.
    I did a few years ago catch a bunch of young tanners while shrimping.
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    I think longer the better with my limited success/experience in PWS.
    I check them twice a day [morning and night] once they're set.
    We were able to go fish [didn't catch anything] pick up oysters and take a shore excursion for deer [didn't find any and very limited sign] to kill time.
    We took a burner and pot as I did last year at Homer. Just make sure your water has a good rolling boil before dropping in the legs.
    This season I think I rushed it and while there were bubbles I didn't get the quick [blanch ~ so to speak] and the meat wasn't as firm.
    This caused us extera work to get the meat out but of course, well worth the effort.
    Here's my buddy Dave doing the honors...
    I sent you a morte detailed PM covering our own experiences ~ good luck, let us know how you do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alaska Gray View Post
    Average on soal time for your pots? I was looking around Eshter to explore.
    I did a few years ago catch a bunch of young tanners while shrimping.
    Fishing out of Homer we have had as many as 25+ legals in as short as a 5 hour soak. We also had 75+ sublegals in those 2 pots.
    I do like to leave them overnight though. The longer the soak time the more hanging bait I put in them.
    I am not convinced they are ever really 100% trapped in the pot and more hanging bait ensures they will stick around munching on that until I return.
    If you can I would shoot for at least a 6 hour soak.
    Just be sure to check them daily. Octopus love Tanner crabs too and if left too long they will find your pots and leave you a nice pile of shells.
    Another good tip is to buy one of the crab measure sticks. I sometimes catch jumbo crab and sometimes 1/2 of them are barely legal.
    The stick is a no fuss way to ensure they are legal and leaves out the guessing game with the tape measure. Stick the crab from the back of the shell and as long as both sides touch or the crab is bigger than your measure stick you are good to go. This is the kind to use just like the deadliest catch guys use. Not the stepped edge ones.
    http://www.reddenmarine.com/artech-c...ure-5-1-2.html
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