How To Rig Fiddler Crabs To Catch More Sheepshead
By: Tony Acevedo on March 10, 2020
Here are two questions we get all the time about fiddler crabs:
- How do you handle fiddler crabs without getting pinched?
- How do you rig fiddler crabs up to use as bait?
In this video, I’ll answer both of those questions, plus share some secrets on how to catch more fish with them.
If you want to catch more sheepshead, redfish, and black drum, you’re going to love this video.
Let’s dive in!
How To Rig & Handle Fiddler Crabs [VIDEO]
When you look at a group of fiddler crabs, you’ll probably notice that some have big pinchers and some don’t.
Similar to how bucks have antlers and does do not, only the males have the big pinchers.
Now the big pincher can be a little intimidating, so here’s how to grab and handle them.
How To Grab Fiddler Crabs
Although the pincher is big compared to their bodies, it actually doesn’t hurt too bad when they pinch you.
It feels like if a baby were to pinch you.
However, you still probably don’t want to get pinched by one so here are two ways to avoid getting pinched when you grab them:
- Grab them by the claw
- Grab their bodies from behind
You can also use pliers to grab them, but be careful because they’re fragile and you want to keep them alive and well to attract hungry fish.
How To Rig Fiddler Crabs For Bait
You can use a jig head, j hook, circle hook, or live bait hook to rig these up as bait and the method is all the same.
Bring the hook up from the bottom of the crab through the middle of the body and out of the top.
As for what size hook, I like to go with a #1 to 1/0 hook.
Try to use a smaller, thinner hook because thick hooks can kill these crabs quickly.
And finally, some people think that you should remove the claw, but I like to keep it on.
It acts like a big flag for the fiddler crab to wave down hungry sheepshead.
If you’re using fiddler crabs for bait, try to grab them from behind or by the claw so you don’t get pinched, and when you’re rigging them, rig them from the bottom up through the middle of the body on a #1 to 1/0 hook.
Have any questions about rigging and handling fiddler crabs?
Let me know in the comments below!
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