Peeler Crab is a simple term provided to a crab
that is undergoing a moult. When eating, it is easier than hard shelled crab as you can pull them apart with
Peeler Crabs also make Great Bait when it comes to fishing. So, this kind of crab, although not
specific to a 'species' but to the current state of a particular crab, can be used as food or bait, fresh or
frozen. So you have the option, depending on what you wish to use Frozen Peeler crabs for. They make great purposes
Benefits Of Using Frozen Peeler Crab For Bait
The term Peeler Crab means different things to different types of fisherman. Where you live
and how you fish has a lot of influence on what you consider this type of crab to be. The basic definition is that
it is a crab that is easy to peel. A crab that is almost ready to moult or lose its hard outer shell also known as
an exoskeleton. The advantage of getting a crab at this point in its lifespan is that fish are drawn to them
because of the lack of shell. Frozen peeler crabs are easier to store for use later on than trying to keep fresh
crabs fresh. However you get them or use them it is messy business. Be prepared to end your day dirty and
The bait can be stored fresh or frozen. Fresh storage is very difficult and expensive to maintain.
You must utilize tanks with filtered seawater to have any degree of success.
If you are not a "hard core" crab bait fishermen, frozen is a much more convenient option. In an
area where they are popular baits to use you can purchase them just about anywhere in frozen blocks of one half to
one dozen crab. Along the Chesapeake Bay you can even buy them at major mass retailers and convenience stores. Then
when you are ready to go fishing just take them out and throw them in the cooler. Allow them to thaw slowly but
keep them cool once thawed.
There are many different types of fish that have the peeler crab on their diet plan. Bass, cod and other large
mouth feeders thrive on this type of bait. Be prepared to catch a big fish. Big bait translates to the need for
specific rods, reels, rigging and lines. Make sure you understand what you need and know how to use it. What a
disaster to finally catch the big one only to lose it due to inadequate equipment. Many anglers choose to use salt
water rigging because fish often exceed twenty pounds and even top fifty pounds. It takes some heavy-duty equipment
to fight a fish that big.
Your next mission is going to be to find out which fish eat peelers and at what time of the year. This information
does not translate to other geographical areas. It is specific only to the area you research. There is a lot of
information out there. Blogs from active fisherman will sometimes be more specific to geographical area. Take you
time to filter through the information and be sure it applies to your area. You might also check with your state
wildlife commission. Do not forget to get your license. Most states require that you purchase a new license
Once you have this basic information you need to understand how the fish views the bait in the water and what is
the best rig to use. Some fish nibble while they eat while others grab and go. Different rigs are specific to
displaying the bait in a way that is attractive to what you are fishing for. The fish needs to not be able to feel
any difference when it bites your rigged crab than when it bites a living crab.
The last piece of essential information is where do the fish live. Now of course every angler out
there is searching for the same answer. However you do need basic information about where they gather, breed,
migrate and seek protection. Do they bite more aggressively in calm or stormy weather? Do they tend to live around
pilings or out in the open? Do they travel in schools or individually? While this sounds like a lot of information
to gather it really is the key to being somewhat successful.
Do not try to reinvent the wheel. Ask others, especially those seniors, where the fish are and what they use. They
may not reveal what they feel to be their top secret tricks and fishing holes but they are usually eager to help a
novice get started.
The information they have is more valuable than any other source I can think of. It is well
worth the time to sit and listen to those fishing stores and gather the knowledge born of experience.
As you can tell there is a lot more to using this type of bait than meets the
eye. Worms, crickets, minnows and such can usually be used year round in almost any type of water. Knowing the
whens, wheres and whys of crab based baits will take you to a new level of angling.