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Old 09-11-2006, 09:48 AM
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Crab vs shrimp flies for bonefish

I can't seem to get in the groove with crab flies for bonefish. I seem to get looks and not much more with crabs; my take/hookup percentage is much higher with shrimp flies. I've read that crabs should be manipulated much less, and I've tried stripping them every which way, from not at all to almost as fast as shrimp, but still, nothin' doin'.
I've watched the flats and selected reasonable combos, even going to store-bought flies such as beadys EP crabs, small Merkins, etc.

So, what's a good way to bring up one's crab fly bonefishing skills?
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Old 09-11-2006, 12:08 PM
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I've not done much with crab patterns on bones but the odd times when I did they worked great. Nothing special about the presentation but in each case there was eveidence of huge numbers of crabs in the area. One spot down in the yucatan was littered with millions of bleached fiddler crab shells. I aksed the guide, "what about a crab pattern?", he just shrugged, so I tied one on and the first fish nailed it. I've also had success with bigger crab flies (merkins etc) in deep water and the surf.
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Old 09-11-2006, 01:26 PM
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Josko -

I have a couple of crab patterns that area awesome on dem bones. Most recently a variation of a great crab Bob Berquist showed us in Acklins, and man did it work well. I did not use deerhair but rather made the body with alternate materials.

Also the small felt crabs have worked well for me in the past. I will post pics and a few tactics I've come up with for fishing them with good success.

or maybe I will post the pics and PM the tactics
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Old 09-11-2006, 04:41 PM
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I had the best luck when not moving the crab at all. Next was to move it only a smidge ... like a 1/2 inch ... more a shudder than a strip.

You are welcome to use the patterns I tied for Eleuthera ..... Turnaffee (sp) crabs, flexo crabs and small epoxy guys. They are just collecting dust up on my bookshelf.
A word of caution .... they didn't work very well for Bull Sharks.
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If you're having good luck with shrimp flies, why bother with crab flies?
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Old 09-12-2006, 10:25 AM
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Just trying to broaden my optioons, I guess. I like to fish in order to become a better fisherman, and often tend to abandon a working method in order to try out something new.
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Old 09-27-2006, 09:30 PM
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The trick I've found with the crabs is to not move them much if at all. The reason I like them on Acklins is that the permit seem to show up on the flats and points at anytime there is enough water and they love small light colored crabs. The bones also charge the crab as it sinks, and if you let it "hide" they tail like nuts which is what is all about!
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