How To Catch Pass Crabs And Blue Crabs Near Florida Bridges [VIDEO]
Want to learn the easy trick to catching pass crabs in Florida?
Then you came to the right post.
Where I come from, May is tarpon and permit month.
And these two popular game absolutely love live crabs.
The great news is that in May, the blue crabs and pass crabs get very thick as well, so I am going to show you exactly how I catch these crabs.
Here are the tricks to catching pass crabs and blue crabs in Florida:
- The best time is during the outgoing tide (two to three days before and after the new and full moons in May, June, July and August.)
- The key is to be at big bridges (like the Skyway Bridge) on those days during the strongest of the outgoing tides
- Point your bow at the bridge then put your boat in gear and idle slowly up towards the bridge(a few hundred yards from the bridge itself), looking for the pass crabs drifting and swimming at the surface with the outgoing tide.
- The crabs will always be coming at you.
- The key is to keep an eye out for all the floating grass at the surface that will be coming your way as the pass crabs will be in and around all this floating grass.
- Another person on your boat should be holding a very long-handled crab net (the longer the net handle the better)
- This person will scoop the crabs up as he or she sees them.
- The crabs will try to sound down if you get too close or take a shot at scooping them and you miss.
- I like to use a grid pattern or zigzag going up-tide looking for grass and crabs.
- Remember to place the crabs in a baitwell or bucket with some water, sand etc.
- Also, make sure you break one of each of the pincher claws off on both crab arms before you Tarpon-fish with them. This way they can not tangle your leader, pinch it or damage it.
How To Catch Pass Crabs & Blue Crabs [VIDEO]
If you hit the right outgoing tide, pass crabs and blue crabs are pretty easy to catch around bridges like the Skyway Bridge near Tampa.
Many times I will find pass crabs all in and around the floating patches of grass, so don’t be afraid to sweep up some grass in your net.
Then, get them in the live well and rig up!
Do you have any good tips for catching pass crabs or blue crabs in Florida?
Let me know in the comments.
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