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    Default PWS Tanner crab subsistence fisheries

    Anyone thinking of dropping pots for Tanner crab next month. Been reading the regs and see the bag and possession limits are five legal size male per person and per day. Two pot limit...

    http://www.cf.adfg.state.ak.us/regio...e_crabNR01.pdf

    Seriously, weather permitting we plan on doing an overnight or two next month ; a little subsistence crab fishing sounds like fun.

    Where to get pots and where to drop them???
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    here in k-bay we have had good luck in 350'-450' of water. seem to be more dungies and seastars around 350'.
    a 6 hour soak seems to produce as well as an overnight, more than a day or so and there seem to be diminishing returns...
    pots at the gear shed are about $100, reckon you could try B&J and see if they have any.
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    Check the boundries and the weather. Unless you have a big boat, the weather in Oct. can be intinindating. Also the cost of fuel for 10 crabs = probably $50-$100 a pound for crab meat if not more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by homerdave View Post
    here in k-bay we have had good luck in 350'-450' of water. seem to be more dungies and seastars around 350'.
    a 6 hour soak seems to produce as well as an overnight, more than a day or so and there seem to be diminishing returns...
    pots at the gear shed are about $100, reckon you could try B&J and see if they have any.

    I know I spend more to fish than the fish could possibly cost. I refuse to add up the cost of the boat divided by the pounds. I just don't want to know, it's more important to get out there and have fun....FISH ON!

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    Wink scrounge around...

    i found a pot in a friends yard that needed work. put a new collar in it and patched a few holes. put $100 into it including line (100 fathoms) and we were good to go. got 4 today in a 5 hour soak, 2.5 miles from the green can in 350'. also got 10 shorts, 5 females and 50 dungies.
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    Ok, rub it in you end of the road fisherman. That pot must be commercial size with 50 dungies in her. Use to catch the dungies from the dock down there back in the 60s, them where the days.
    But seriously, if thereís a good weather window next month Iím planning on a little prospecting out of Whittier, too bad the dungies will have to be tossed.
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    hey... they are awfully little dungies . mostly 5"-6" and #1.
    but knowing our regional bio she will just decide that the legal size should be reduced and that there are plenty of dungies so we should have an open season <grin>
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    Homerdave...

    how full are the legs on the keepers you've been gettin??

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    the bright crab are filling out, lots more meat than earlier in the year. crab from the inner bay seem to be slightly more meaty than the ones from out beyond the can, but there are more skip-molts in the outer bay and they are nice and full.
    with fewer charters going out now it is getting a little harder to come by halibut carcasses for bait though <frown>
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    I would really have liked to go out of Whittier and try for some crab but couldnít find pots locally; the boat is tucked in the season now.
    The Gear Shed in Homer had some crab pots but would have doubled the cost just getting them here. Contemplated making a couple of pots but couldnít find the supplies I desired; Iíll be ready next year.
    Fish & Game may extend the fishery next year if numbers look good, so perhaps weíll be dropping crab and shrimp pots together.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daveinthebush View Post
    Also the cost of fuel for 10 crabs = probably $50-$100 a pound for crab meat if not more.
    Some times my shrimp cost me that
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    guess a few folks are trying to make up the costs of crabbing down here... the troopers busted several guys with over 100 crabs in possession last week, one guy was even keeping dungies. (bail was set at $1000)
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    Anyone know where any pots can be had down there in Anchortown?

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    I'd be going out this weekend if pots could be had, couldn't find any. Only place I know who has crab pots for sale is the Gear Shed in Home, and they are on back order last I checked.
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    dang, headed out in a little over a week, thought we might try it. Maybe next time. Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by fishnhuntr View Post
    dang, headed out in a little over a week, thought we might try it. Maybe next time. Thanks
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    Maybe i need to build a prototype pot and let you give it a try??

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    Steve,
    That'd be great, I have one guy coming from Anchorage to join us so he should be able to pick it up if you're able to get one built in time. I'll shoot you a pm too or try to call you today, sorry I didn't see your post until today (mon), could have had more time. I'm sure I could have him bring it back to you as well? What do you think?
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