Correct Way to Hook Live Blue Crab for Bait

by Rob Kemmett
Avoid getting pinched by the blue crab's claw; the result is painful.

Avoid getting pinched by the blue crab's claw; the result is painful.

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Blue crabs are soft-shelled crabs, which means their exoskeleton isn't hard as a rock. Blue crab is a delicacy for larger fish, so it is a good choice to use as bait. You can easily just slap a blue crab on a hook and hope for the best, but baiting your hook correctly increases your chances of catching fish.

Items you will need

  • Pliers
  • Protective gloves
Step 1

Put on a pair of thick, protective gloves. Blue crabs have sharp pinchers on their claws which are painful if they snap you.

Step 2

Locate the soft spots in the blue crab's exoskeleton. Two soft spots are located about 1/8 of an inch in from the back legs, where the exoskeleton indents. Two more soft spots are located in a similar spot near the front legs.

Step 3

Pierce one of the rear soft spots with the fishing hook. Insert only the tip of the hook.

Step 4

Push the hook upward through the body of the crab until the tip of the hook reaches the front soft spot.

Step 5

Push the hook through the exoskeleton at the front soft spot. The crab should now be secured to the hook.

Step 6

Crush the sides of the crab's exoskeleton with pliers, to free up the juice. The juice of the crab helps attract fish.

About the Author

Rob Kemmett began writing professionally in 2010 and specializes in writing about food and hospitality. Kemmett has worked in various fine-dining restaurants throughout his career and holds an Associate of Applied Science in Le Cordon Bleu culinary arts from the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago.

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