Hard Back Crabs
Posted 17 July 2006 - 02:27 PM
Whenever I get round to going there for a fish I never have a chance to get any ragworm before hand and the tackle shops are very badly set up for selling it (you cannot pre buy or book it seems, and anyway they are normally shuut when I need to launch.) We don't get mackerel up the estuary (well I never heard of them anyway)and I'm never organised enough to collect anything so bait is always a problem.
I know hardback is a great bait for spurdogs - but would they work for bass/skate? I can always get a supply using my drop net.
Failing that any ideas?!? It is a mud estuary with very occassional gravel patches, and empties out to very little at low tide.
Thanks as ever
Posted 17 July 2006 - 02:31 PM
Failing that it's long been told that eel section works for the tope, and herring for the skate (in season)....sorry, but I've not heard that hardbacks are up to much.
Posted 17 July 2006 - 02:54 PM
We,on Aquafresh,have found that for solent smuts hardback crabs are as good as peelers.Fish them either live or chopped in half and both halves mounted on a 5/0 razor claw big bend.Cant guarantee they will work on Blackwater but worth a go
Posted 17 July 2006 - 03:11 PM
The Solent smoothies go ape for hardbacks, the only thing to outfish them is hermit crab fresh or frozen. Can't see it would be much different on the Blackwater.
Skate as Rupert says, mackerel fillet or herring segment is usually the bait around there.
Tope, the Tope season is beginning to drop off now and the Blackater is famous from it's hay days in the 80's with skippers like Cox and Rawle getting superb catches to segments of eel fished uptide. There marks were someway from the estuary up onto the midway banks of the Thames.
Posted 21 July 2006 - 09:04 PM