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Daily fishing report


© St. Petersburg Times,
published September 10, 2001

Probably one of the most overlooked, yet potent baits for snook is blue crab.

Professional shrimpers who drag the shallow grass beds have the right size crabs as a part of their by-catch. They're delighted to sell a few. Or call a bait shop or catch crabs with a chicken neck tied to a string.

Snook are in the gulf passes and these cuts, with their abundant current flow, are some of the better locations to use crabs. Routinely, with each outgoing tide, crabs are swept out to the gulf and are gobbled up by just about everything that swims, including linesiders.

Drift your offering with the tide. That means drifting your boat with the tide so the crab swims naturally with the flow all the way out the pass.

Dollar-size crabs are great for this technique. Hook them through the corner of the shell with a 3 or 4/0 live bait hook. Hooking them in the corner will not hamper their ability to swim and it will keep them alive much longer than just driving a hook through the middle of their shell. Remove their claws so they can't climb up your line, and remove their pinchers.

- Captain Rick Frazier runs Lucky Dawg Charters in St. Petersburg, (727)510-4376 or e-mail

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