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Looking for Fiddlers

2294 Views 9 Replies 6 Participants Last post by  Crabnasty bait
Anyone have a good source for buying a fair number of them? I went to a popular bait shop in Murrell's inlet because I thought their price for "8 ounces" was good....until I discovered that to them 8 ounces meant taking a tall 8 fluid ounce jar, scooping some fiddlers into it and dumping it into your container.
I didn't say anything, but they had plastic 8 ounces containers on top of their counter for shrimp they sold, and the few crabs they gave me wouldn't have come close to filling it. Maybe that's par for the course around here, but it left me feeling unsatisfied. I'd appreciate y'all's input on this....I'm looking to fish for tautog (blackfish) at the jetty next month when I know that nobody will have fiddlers.
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Catch them yourself. The trick is a nice stick, once they leave their borrow and move away from it don't try to catch them just get the stick in the borrow blocking the entrance. It will run back and just kinda hide under the stick when it can't get in. Grab and toss in bucket and repeat as needed. After some practice you'll find you can fill a bucket with choice crabs really quickly.
Old timers. my favorite method has always been to send the kids after them with a bounty. Used to pay $0.05/male crab and as it wore the kids out and kept them busy for a couple hours it was well worth the price. :)
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