[singlepic id=52 w=320 h=240 float=right]I’m often asked what is the best way to rig a crab for bait. I’m not sure about “best”, but this is the way I do it.
Firstly, it helps to have small crabs rather than monsters like this! >>
You can catch plenty of them in a collapsible opera-net. Just put a bit of old bait in the bag and drop it into any shallow water around here and you will have a bucket full of them in no time.
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I find adding some lead weights to the bottom of the net helps keep the thing from rolling over in the surf. Also some people push a rod-stand or stake of some kind through the net to hold it down.
If you catch big crabs you can still use them, you just need to chop them up into smaller bits first.
Assuming you have smaller crabs for bait, this is how I rig them on a pulley rig with two hooks.
Remove the legs from one side of the crab. Insert the first hook into the centre-bottom of the crab and roll it out through one of the leg holes. Then insert the second hook through the bottom of the crab and right out of the top of the shell. Bind the legs and trace to the shaft of the second hook with bait elastic.
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If there are paddle crabs in the area you are fishing, you may need to add floats to the rig (as above) because the live crabs will quite happily eat the bait crabs from your hooks..