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When using Fiddler crabs, what type hook should I use and how do I hook the crab?

Dear Captain"When using Fiddler crabs, what type hook should I use and how do I hook the crab?"

Fiddler crabs are great bait for all fish, especially Redfish, Sheepshead, Black Drum, Pompano and many others. Below is how you will hook them. You can use anything from #2 to about 2/0 sized hook. Circle or J-Hook is fine. I do like to use a hook that has a cutting point over a needle point. The cutting point seems to penetrate the fiddler crab better without cracking its shell too much.

fiddler crab

Since fiddler crabs are small, you want to make sure the hook size is not too large. A great way to expand the overall look and size of the fiddler crab is to put it on a jig-head. You can use different sized weighted jig-heads depending on the tide you are fishing and the depth of the water. Otherwise, I would use a fish-finder rig for fishing in water that is deeper than six feet and for anything less, just a free-lined fiddler crab with a split shot crimped about a foot or more up on my leader.

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Captain David M. Rieumont
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