All You Need To Know About Catching Fiddler Crabs
Catching Fiddler crabs often make the difference between a normal and an awesome fishing day. I find fiddler crabs to be great bait, especially during the winter months when I usually catch a wide variety of species. At times, they are just so many I run and gun them around, scooping and putting them in my basket. Other times, there are so few of them around. Many often hide in their holes before they can be caught. Given the fast nature of fiddler crabs, catching them can be a difficult task. However, in case you are wondering how to catch fiddler crabs, here are some effective techniques I use to catch them.
Tips for Catching Fiddler Crabs
Fiddler Crabs Hiding Spots
One of the best places to find fiddler crabs is the littoral zone; the area between the low and high tide mark. During low tide, small crabs leave their burrows and holes. During high tide, the crabs go back into their burrows. They usually plug the holes and burrows with mud to prevent water from entering. The tiny crabs are effective bait for catching other fish, including redfish, pompano, and black drums.
Determining Fiddler Activity
One of the most important factors to consider when looking for fiddler to catch is their movements. Fiddler crabs are often most active during low tide. This is one of the best times to run after them and catch them quickly before the onset of the high tide. However, I have seen some who try to chase the crustaceans from their burrows.
You need to act fast and catch them before they run back to their burrows. Consider asking for help to catch the fiddlers. Although their massive claws may seem intimidating, they usually do not cause much harm. In fact, I usually pick them up with my hands.
Excavating Fiddler Burrows
I often look for fiddler burrows when I do not want to chase after the fiddlers along the beach. I plow them up using my bare hands or a shovel. If you decide to use this method to catch fiddler crabs, be sure to replace the sand or mud you have excavated to avoid causing damage to the beach.
Trapping Fiddler Crabs
I often catch fiddler crabs using simple traps. First, I explore the shoreline for signs of fiddler crabs. Then I dig a hole and put the trap inside. Finally, I put the bait inside the holes before moving away from the trap. I give the fiddlers some time to be attracted to the trap. At times, I put pieces of mesh or fabric in the mud and place the bait in the middle, then I sit and wait for the trap to work. Once the method becomes effective, I lift the mesh or fabric off the sand.
Although you may see many fiddler crabs on the shoreline, catching them is a different task altogether. Therefore, catching fiddler crabs is about either being fast or smooth enough.