BEST Time To Use Blue Crab (For Redfish, Snook, Tarpon & Black Drum)
By: Tony Acevedo on January 2, 2020
With most baits, you never know what you’re going to get.
If you’re using shrimp, you could catch anything from a big black drum to a dink trout or catfish.
But if you throw a big chunk of blue crab out there, you know that anything big enough to eat it is going to put up a fun fight.
In this video, I’m going to show you when the best times to use blue crab are.
There are two times of the year and two scenarios in particular that I like to use blue crab to catch redfish, snook, tarpon, and black drum.
See what those times and scenarios are in the video below.
BEST Time To Use Blue Crab [VIDEO]
If you haven’t seen the post for the best time to use shrimp, check it out here.
I like to use blue crabs in similar situations as I would use shrimp.
Winter is great for using blue crab for two reasons:
- Fish are lethargic in the cold water
- Most baitfish are offshore
Blue crabs don’t move that fast (and cut blue crab doesn’t move at all!) which makes them easy meals for cold, lazy fish in the winter.
In the heat of summer, like in the dead of winter, fish are lethargic.
A chunk of blue crab is a delicious meal for tired fish this time of year.
Match the Hatch
With any fishing, matching the hatch is a good strategy to hook into feeding fish.
If I’m cruising a muddy shoreline and I see crabs scurrying out, I know that fish are likely feeding on them, so I’ll hook one up and toss it along the shoreline to entice predator fish cruising the flats to eat.
When redfish are tailing, they’re usually digging their noses in the mud and grassroots trying to stir up crustaceans like shrimp or crabs.
This can be a great time to use blue crabs for bait.
If you’re looking to catch tarpon, snook, black drum, or redfish, using whole or cut blue crab is a great option.
The best times to use them are:
- In the winter when the fish are lethargic and the baitfish have moved offshore
- In the middle of summer when fish are also lethargic
- When you’re seeing a lot of blue crabs in an area
- When redfish are tailing
Have any questions about the best time to use blue crab?
Let me know in the comments below!
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