Question on rigs for sand crabs

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  1. Baldrick

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    Hello,

    I'm new to surf fishing and i have a newb question:
    When using sand crabs with carolina rig, how do you prevent the sand crab from burying itself in the sand after the cast? Is there a better rig that would keep the sand crab a few inches above the bottom?

    Thank you.
     
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    I don't think its really a problem, sometimes it helps as the corbina are rooting around the sand for them and it helps presentation to have them dug in a little. also keeps the waves from sending them all the way back to your feet.
     
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    Once you cast, start a slow retrieve.
    I'm not a marine biologist, but my guess is the fish/corbina go after the crabs that are stirred up out of the sand versus the ones that are trying to dig themselves in.
    Also, a dropper loop set up is also possible - I've done that and end up catching leopards - if you are into that stuff.
     
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    Thank you for your input.
    Much appreciated!
     
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    Thank you.
    I was also thinking about a T rig with a sinker down, the hook in the middle and a floater on top to keep the bait out of the sand. Does that setup sounds reasonable?
     
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    Sounds like a float rig you’re describing. I’ve thought about that myself but not for sandcrabs. If you put a hook through a sandcrabs butt, it isn’t really going to dig in much. If you catch the telson (digger) with the hook, there’s no way it really can dig in. I’ve hooked through the tail from the bottom and from the top, always try to skewer the digger. Both seem pretty effective.
    Use a Carolina rig for,the crabs. It just plain works. Dropshot gulp or grubs.
    My $.02.
     
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    Thank you for your input. I have a few things to try now!
     
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    Never heard of that being used in the surf. I would think the surf would do a good job putting it into knots.
     
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    If you just let the crab be a crab you’ll be fine... my crabs are always under the sand when I sight fish for corbina. If you are determined to keep the crab above sand though try ripping off its digger....
     
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    Lightest sinker that keeps your line in front of you also keeps the crab suspended in the strike zone.
     
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    I was out today and they wanted it "dead-sticked" using a carolina rig.
     
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    Thank you. I tried that setup at TP yesterday at sunset but the surf was too big even for a 2 oz sinker. I'll try again this coming week.
     
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    From what I have seen and noticed. You don't necisarrily want the SC to stick in the same spot and not move at all. I fish with 1/2 oz to 3/4 oz bullet weights on a C-rig. I sling it out pretty far and let the waves work it back in to me. Basically just reeling in the slack that is caused by the incoming waves. Normally when the water flattens out behind a wave or when the water starts pulling your SC into the next incoming wave is when I get picked up. Unless they are rushing the skinny. In that case I let the SC soak just behind the first roller. In like 4 inches of water.
     
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    It makes a lot of sense: the wave drags the sinker which in turn pull the SC out of the sand for the fish to eat it...
    Very nice!
    Thanks a lot.
     
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