I invited Brian who is a veteran crabber to go crabbing with me. He said he would take care of the crab baits for us. So we went early and got to the beach at 10:00 am and began getting our gear ready. By the time we got the boat out into the waters, I noticed that Brian took out salmon heads and chicken bones as bait. We started a friendly argument of which bait was better for attracting crabs. So after releasing the cages, we agreed to let the catch determine which crab bait was better.
Crab Baits for the first Crab Trap: Chicken Bones
We allowed the crab trap to stay in the water for 30 minutes while we had our Tim Horton’s breakfast. After we finished our breakfast, we pulled up the first crab trap with the chicken as crab bait. The result was very pleasing because there were nine crabs caught. The two pieces of chicken bones held up very well as crab bait.
Crab Baits for the second Crab Trap: Salmon Fish Heads
After the very impressive catch with the first crab trap, we were excited to pull up the crab trap with the salmon fish head as crab bait. I turned on my camera and noticed that the battery signal is blinking red. I took out the camera for a few crabbing trip and forgot to recharge so this was expected to happen. Fortunately I got a few more pictures before the camera ran completely dead.
Here are the results for using salmon fish heads as crab baits.
We caught one undersized crab! Brian flipped the cage upside down to get in a position to open the doors and release the dungeness crab but the crab managed to crawl into the hole located above the cage and fell back into the water. The result for the first and second crab traps clearly shows that using chicken bones as crab bait is superior, but our day just began so we dropped the second cage in a different spot on the lake and waited to see the second set of results using these crab baits.
Right after I took the last picture, the camera turned off indicating that the battery has run dead. We decided to leave the cages for an hour while we zip around the water and relaxed.
Which Crab Bait Yield More Crabs? The Results
By the end of the day we did a total of 6 crab cage drops. These are the results of each cage.
- Crab Trap 1 – Crab Bait: Chicken bones 9 crabs caught.
- Crab Trap 2 – Crab Bait: Salmon Fish Heads 1 crab caught.
- Crab Cage 3 – Crab Bait: Chicken bones 6 Crabs Caught.
- Crab Cage 4 – Crab Bait:Salmon fish heads 0 crab caught.
- Crab Cage 5 – Crab Bait: chicken bones 4 Crabs caught.
- Crab cage 6 – Crab Bait: Salmon fish heads 0 crab caught.
A total of nineteen crabs were caught in the crab cage with the chicken bones and a total of 1 crab was caught in the crab cage with the salmon fish heads. The results look very good for the chicken bones but there are a few factors that could have affected these results.
- The cages were similar design but not the same.
- The locations where we dropped the salmon fish head crab trap could have had no crabs nearby.
- The salmon fish head was frozen whereas the chicken was fresh.
This crabbing trip was only the first day of us testing the crab baits. There is plenty more testing I would have to do to get better results but until then, I’ll continue enjoying my time on the beach with friendly company.