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Old 12-01-2007, 08:59 AM     #1
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Crabbing in Oak Hill

Well my wife Blubeanzz (Handle)is 8 months pregnant and about to pop, somehow she must have felt bad for me being stuck here doing the daddy thing for months on end and decided it was time for a fishing trip! So I called Ryan, a buddy of mine and him and his brother Chris and his GF Mia decided to go as well.

We headed out a bit late, around 10:00 am and shot on over to Oak Hill, Riverbreeze Park River to be exact (about an hour away). Now I had never been there before, and we were very luck to find ourselves being the only ones out there, we had the whole dock to ourselves. I had brought along 4-5 Poles, 10 topless traps and a variety of baits and lures.

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I began by dropping all 10 topless traps baited with bunker along the length of the pier, then tuned my attention to the poles. We tried shrimp (frozen/live) as well as cut and whole finger bunker. We ended up catching a few small croaker, 1 or 2 small trout (Out of season so back they went) as well as a sea robin. So as far as fishing went in the 7-8 hrs we were there we really didn't catch anything significant. Also I noted Shrimp working better than anything else, preferably Live.

As the day progressed a few people came and went, some crabbing some fishing. One guy caught a trout or two, free lining live shrimp. He went on to tell me he was there the week previous and the trout were biting all night long on free lined shrimp. We tried but in vain to catch a few (most likely due to the fact that by now we were down to only frozen shrimp).

Now the crab situation was very different, not that we caught a bunch of keepers, but we did get a few I would say 6-8 above 5". Not exactly the mother load but if you consider that was out of about 100 crabs caught in total it's not bad. There were reports of very few crabs about in the past year, well I can tell you it won't be like that this year as I was catching 5 at a time in my traps. We had caught about 75-100 young crabs and returned them promptly so they might be caught again in a few months at a respectable size.

Having never been to Oak Hill before I can say I will CERTAINLY be back come June/July. Out of all the places I have been so far in my 3 Yrs here in Florida, Oak Hill is by far the best in numbers of crabs caught.

So for now I will pack my stuff up and wait for my new son to be born, I figure it may be a while till my next trip due to the new baby. So for now I am happy I got out for a bit and look forward to this summer and re-catching those lil guys I released.

-Mus

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Old 12-01-2007, 11:17 AM     #2
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Cool report thanks for it. Next time take pix though hehehe. Would love to see if there is any physical differences from your crabs to ours.
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Old 12-01-2007, 12:34 PM     #3
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Well you should have just said so..

Here are a few examples from last season, sry bout the blurry ones :P

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Just click on the thumbs for a larger view.. They usually run about 6"-9" point to point, And yes you can usually get em year round. Thou Nov.-Jan. they are a little small (4"-5")

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Old 12-01-2007, 01:52 PM     #4
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They make GREAT bait as well.

Oak Hill is where we go Shrimping.

Flounder are on the move now so they will be my target.

Thanks for the report.
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Old 12-02-2007, 03:41 AM     #5
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Thanks for the report and pix's.
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Old 12-02-2007, 11:01 AM     #6
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Oh blue crabs those are cool. Those the soft shell type??
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Old 12-02-2007, 11:14 AM     #7
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Oh blue crabs those are cool. Those the soft shell type??
Drew, those are what the soft shells grow into. Then when the molt, they become soft shells again.
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Old 12-02-2007, 01:11 PM     #8
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Number one place for shrimp on my list, I am in a holding pattern till I hear a good report and the its dip em up.
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Old 12-03-2007, 09:16 AM     #9
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Shrimping and Crabbing used to be pretty good at NAS Jacksonville. Course you have to be able to get on the base. I was shrimping there a few years back and had a momma and baby manatee swim right up to the dock and watch me for a while. Very cool. I wonder if Manatee tastes like chicken?
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Old 12-03-2007, 02:15 PM     #10
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No' It tastes like beef hense the name sea cow. But, I would not know that for sure....... Anyway the navel bas is for sure the best shrimpin in the world. I just live to far for it to be worth the drive.
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