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clams really worth the money?
Find out! Captain Bruce conducted a razor clams bait test:
crabbers have been using razor clams for years, and they don't
want recreational crabbers to know the truth about using razor
clams for bait. One of the first things they say is if you're
not using live razor clams, you won't catch crabs. This is not
true because crabs are scavengers, and everything they eat is
dead. Iíll be the first to admit that live razors out-catch
frozen/thawed razor clams because live razors are breathing
underwater and produce more scent that attracts more crabs than
a dead razor or chicken neck. But both live and frozen/thawed
clams will catch more crabs than chicken. Many crabbers buy
clams by the bushel and freeze them (just like you do chicken
necks) and have reported that they caught between 1 and 2
bushels of crabs all summer long using frozen clams.
So...I wanted to do a test to prove which bait is better? Razor
Clams or Chicken?
I set out before sunrise on a river in the upper bay to perform
I used 30 of my topless traps, baited them, putting them
in a straight line alternating baits in the traps. The
first trap I used chicken necks for bait and razor clams
in the next one all the way down the line.
The rules of the test were simple.
Crabs must be at least 6 inches long to be counted
and everything else was
thrown back and not counted.
All crabs caught on chicken went into the chicken
basket and all the crabs that caught on razors went
into the razor clam basket.
I crabbed for the first 3 hours
of the morning and at the end of the test run, the
results were as follows:
on chicken necks all over 6" (using 15 traps).
using razor clams all over 6" (using 15 traps) and I
also noticed that the crabs were larger on average than
the ones caught on chicken.
The bottom line of the test is this: chicken necks catch
razor clams catch
times more crabs
than chicken. No wonder that my commercial
customers tell me that if they donít have razor clams,
they donít go crabbing!
this catch total was using 15 traps per bait, so if I
would of used all 30 traps for each bait, the total
catch for the day would be:
chicken = 38 crabs
razor clams = 142 crabs
When you consider all of the time and money associated
with crabbing, and you want to catch as many crabs as
possible, itís best to spend a little extra money up
front on clam bags and razor clams.