I was wondering what the best dungeness crab bait for Monterey Bay might be? I have heard that using salmon and rock fish carcass is against DFG Regs when those fish are not in season. We will be crabbing out of Moss Landing and hoping to have a good season this year.
I use squid in bait jars cut up and chicken in the bait cage. Squid is $.55 a pound at Monterey Fish company right now. Pulled 5 pots Thursday for 35 crab.
chicken seems to be the best bait for me so far. its cheap and its easy to get. but i also love to use salmon heads from the asian stores and they usually go for about a dollar per pound. salmon head seems to work REALLY good too. always use a bait cage for the sea lions, but even still they seem to get through to the bait. i usually try to zip tie the cage on every single corner and middle.
I've only been crabbing a few times and the few times that I've gone have been too pull the pots up. But the guy I went with was using fish heads he had gotten from some fishery. He would put a few in the pot and let it soak for about 2 weeks, sometimes 4.
Anyways the times I did go out with him we caught our limit each time. there were 3 of us. 30 crabs. I had to give most of mine away...I could only eat so much crab!