Rigging Live Fiddler Crabs


There is not many options when it comes to rigging a fiddler crab.

The best way to rig these small little crabs is by inserting the hook between the rear legs or at the back corner of the shell behind the rear legs.

When pushing the hook through the top of the shell you want it to be centered at the back of the shell.

These small crabs are great baits for sheepshead, pompano, blackdrum, redfish and many other Florida species that also occasionally eat fiddler crabs.

You can catch your own fiddlers if you spend a little time and know where to look.

The best places is on spoil islands grassy marshes and creeks during low tide.

If you want to take the easier route you can get them at your local tackleshop.

But fiddler crabs are sometimes hard to find at most bait and tackleshops, so if you get lucky and find a place that sells them it might be a good idea to get some extras to keep in the freezer because they also make great frozen baits.


How To Catch Fiddler Crabs

1. A 5-gallon bucket and shovel is needed.

2. Locate an area around a bay, bayou, salt marsh or tributary with grassy land and several rocks, if possible. Sea walls are a great place to find fiddler crabs.

3. Dig a hole in the sand or mud with the shovel deep enough to put the bucket in so that only an inch or two of the bucket lip sticks above the ground.

4. Pack sand or mud around the lip of the bucket creating a hill around the mouth of the bucket.

5. Leave the bucket overnight if possible.

6. Upon returning, the bucket should contain all the crabs that you will need for your next fishing trip.