Most, if not all, crab rings come in a clear plastic package. Take the ring net out of its packaging, and check or any rips in the harness or netting. These can be fixed by a simple zip tie or square knot.
Cheaper crab rings usually do not come with a rope to attach to the harness, so you’ll have to buy your own. if you plan to go crabbing in deeper waters you might want to invest in 50′ or 100′ rope.
With one end of your rope, tie a bowline knot around the loop at the end of your harness. If the end of your harness has a metal S hook, tie your rope around the end of that. You might need to close the end of the hook with pliers to prevent the rope from falling off.
Bait your Ring Net
Baiting your ring net is pretty simple, depending on what bait you use. Your bait should be secured in the center of your net. If you plan on using chicken or fish, I recommend using a zip tie, string, or whatever you have at your disposal to secure the bait.
I used the S hook that came with my ring net to secure a few chicken necks to my two chicken necks secured in a ring net.
You can also use a bait box to hold your bait. You simply add your preferred bait and use a few zip ties to secure the box to the center of your net. This is a method because it adds weight to your net to prevent drifting, and holds more bait than a simple zip tie or string.
Now that your bait is secure in your net and you have a well-tied bowline knot around the end of your harness, you’re almost ready to throw your net in the water.
Find a nice dock over 4-20 ft deep waters with crabs (obviously). You will need a pole, or anything sturdy enough to tie the end of your line to. This is just in case the current decides to pull your net away.
Once the end of your line is secure, throw your crab net out into the water, clear of any obstacles it could get caught on.
Now it’s time to relax. I hope you brought a good book and a comfy chair. Set a timer and pull your nets every 8-15 minutes. After an hour or two, you should have a decent amount of crabs. Use tongs to transfer the crabs from your net to your cooler or bucket.
Remember that some states have regulations on what crabs you can keep and eat. Check your local Department of Natural Resources for the latest, most accurate recreational crabbing regulations.
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