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Crabbing on Folly Beach

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Crabbing on Folly Beach

Our family will be visiting this area in July. My young son would like to learn how to crab fish and honestly, so would I. Is there anyone who can show us how to do this and where to do it?

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The tidal creeks on the back side of the island would be the better areas to crab. You can use hand lines. Most people use raw chicken legs as bait. They're cheap. Make sure the leg is secured on the line. Use a heavier string as line. Toss it in and wait for a tug on the line. This is not always fast so you may need patience unless you are lucky to pick a perfect location. You will need a dip net to get them. If you feel a tug, then slowly pull the line in until you can see if there's a crab on it. Keep the line in the water because the crab will turn loose if it hits air. Use the net to bring it in. They will turn loose so make sure to get the net under it quickly in the water. Most of the time you will get one crab at a time. You can buy cheap crab nets to cast. You will need to learn to throw a cast net which is not easy. Be careful because the claws are dangerous. They will tear holes in the cast net, the dip net, and any body part that it can reach. Most of the locals on Folly will be glad to give you instructions. Bert's Market might be a place to ask about locations. There are grocery stores just off the island where you can buy raw chicken. Be careful handling this too. Good luck. It can be fun, but it takes a lot of time to get enough crabs for a meal.

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