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06-14-2011 12:11 PM #1
all about sand flea's
I found this site on a fishing forum. Everything you ever wanted to know about sand flea's.
Sand Fleas (Mole Crabs or Sand Crabs) Prime surf fishing bait
06-14-2011 03:57 PM #2
Pretty cool, Thanks Marshall!
Anyone seen a rake like that for sale down at the coast?
06-15-2011 09:48 AM #3
There's plenty of different versions rakes for sale online via google search. Found this on another forum with tips on making your own Homemade Sand Flea Rake Seems easy enough to make your own out of any number of things.
One time I saw a guy who had this thing that he would put on top of the little bubble cones they form in the surf. It would suck a bunch of sand into it and the Sand Flea along with it. It was like a larger version of one of those water guns for the pool that are just long tubes. Don't know if he bought it or made it. Seems like it could be a better option as to not "over fish" the sand fleas.
I've never used them as bait, but I think I'll give it a try next week when I head down there, if I can catch some.
06-15-2011 01:41 PM #4
Sounds like you're describing a ghost shrimp extractor. I think Marshall posted up a how to make one instruction set last year.
Thanks for the tip. Gonna have to try the fleas out!
06-15-2011 08:24 PM #5
those used to be my main bait while perch fishing on the shores of the pacific. i always just stuck my hand into the sand and dug out a handfull while a wave was going out. always caught 'em, and they always caught fish! its like a free and endless source of bait while suf fishing.
sand crabs and mudsuckers from off the levees in the bay. we used to use small segments of pile worms to catch little mudsuckers on the marina side of the levee, then hook them up and chuck 'em out onto the bay side of the levee for striper and stugeon.
06-16-2011 01:21 PM #6
My brothers would catch those in Port A and throw them back, not knowing what they are... Thanks for the well needed info!
06-20-2011 08:33 AM #7
YES! That's exactly what it was. Looks like making one wouldn't be too hard, but I don't have time before Wednesday. Anyone know where you can buy one? Don't think I've ever seen them at Academy.
06-20-2011 01:57 PM #8
06-20-2011 04:14 PM #9
I make mine using O-rings and PVC. We fly to the moon on O-rings. I have used mine for over 15 years and have never changed the O-ring. You can buy them in Port A and at Roy's in Corpus. They are called the creature catcher and they cost 20 bucks. The problem with those is that the plunger is made out of steel washers and leather. I don't need to tell you what happens to leather after a few saltwater soakings but they will only work for maybe 2 trips before the leather falls apart. The one online with the pvc test plug looks adjustable and pratical with a rubber plunger. However I have never seen ghost shrimp in the bay area. The holes there are fiddler crabs. The ghost shrimp will be where the waves wash to shore and fall back. Any sand seen coming out of a hole is a sure sign that one is in there but you don't always see the sand. Remember on the PINS seashore it is illeagal to suck ghost shrimp there. Not in the law books or TPWD books but the new manager for PINS, (Escondito) decided to ban ghost shrimping all by himself. No they don't give you any rules on paper when you drive in, your just suppose to know because EVERYONE has a computer and can look it up on the pins website. Did you'all know that?
What a dickhead!!!
06-20-2011 08:03 PM #10
Sand fleas are some of the best bait I have ever used. Rig them on a pompano rig with three ounce pyramid weight and you'll catch pompano all the way from florida down to port aransas. Some of the best eating fish in the gulf
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