This video contains the hooking of a live crab and may be disturbing to some viewers, so viewer discretion is advised. This video is to show you how to properly hook a live grey swimming crab for bait when catching snook, tarpon, ladyfish, sheepshead, and other fish that feed on crabs. It is also best to use these “free-lined,” meaning don’t use a sinker and allow the crab to freely swim on top of the water.
However a jig head will work best with Snapper and Sheepshead.
DO NOT KEEP CRABS THAT HAVE EGGS
DO NOT USE AND CRABS THAT HAVE EGGS FOR BAIT.
STONE CRABS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO BE USED FOR BAIT, AND TRAPPING BLUE TRAPS REQUIRES A BLUE CRAB LICENSE.
USE ONLY GREY SWIMMING CRABS, FIDDLER CRABS OR MARSH CRABS FOR BAIT.