The weekend is here and, with it, some improvements to the weather are taking place. Lighter winds are in the forecast for the second half of this weekend, and that is music to the ears of anglers.

This is especially true for the deep sea or offshore group. Moderate to strong winds for the past week have kept this group in port. However, Sunday appears to offer a reprieve and, most likely, there will be a large number of boats heading to the Gulf.

Capt. Joe Kent is a columnist for The Daily News. Report your catch to reel.report@galvnews.com or call 409-683-5273.

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Gary Miller

The art of crabbing. First the bait. Chicken necks work but a prepared bait work much better. A prepared bait is a small sack made from nylon hose or old panty hose. Saved shrimp heads and aged Squid work best. Cut fish, meaty back bones or fish heads are good. A dozen shrimp heads with one ripe Squid. The old highest production method was a trout line with drop lines 6 or8 feet apart set in knee depth slow moving water. Drop nets work good in deeper water if not lifted too often, individual weighted lines do produce but are even slower. With the right bait and proper patience one crab per bait every half hour is average. What I see lately is people not giving crabs time to get on the bait. Crabs are ‘slow moving’ scent hunters. Baits checked every 4 or 5 minutes don’t give crabs time to find the bait. 15 minutes is a minimum, 20 or 25 minutes works best.

Gary Miller

The art of crabbing. First the bait. Chicken necks work but a prepared bait work much better. A prepared bait is a small sack made from nylon hose or old panty hose. Saved shrimp heads and aged Squid work best. Cut fish, meaty back bones or fish heads are good. A dozen shrimp heads with one ripe Squid. The old highest production method was a trout line with drop lines 6 or8 feet apart set in knee depth slow moving water. Drop nets work good in deeper water if not lifted too often, individual weighted lines do produce but are even slower. With the right bait and proper patience one crab per bait every half hour is average. What I see lately is people not giving crabs time to get on the bait. Crabs are ‘slow moving’ scent hunters. Baits checked every 4 or 5 minutes don’t give crabs time to find the bait. 15 minutes is a minimum, 20 or 25 minutes works best.

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