Fishing with Crabs in Islamorada

Fishing with crabs in Islamorada is done all throughout the year.  There are many species of fish which enjoy a delectable crab once in a while.  Often times there are many fish that you wouldn’t even think that will eat a crab.  Typically the most common targets with crabs are tarpon and permit.  Tarpon typically like the larger blue crabs while permit prefer smaller sized ones, of course the size of the target fish may call for a different sized crab.  For tarpon the most common methods of fishing with crabs usually involves drifting.  The most standard rig is using a heavier spinning or conventional rod loaded with 50 lb braid, or 30 lb mono.  Most guides nowadays prefer fishing braided lines as you can fish heavier line, get more line on the spool, it doesn’t have near the amount of memory like mono filament which will twist up on you after reeling against the drag on a fish, and it is very tough and long lasting.  Now one drawback of braided line for tarpon is there is no ‘give’ in the line, so we usually put a good 15 or 20 feet of 60# monofilament on top of the braid, then have that go to your main leader.  The main leader consists of a swivel, about 8 feet of 80# or 100# monofilament, and your hook (usually something in the 6/0 to 8/0 range, J hook or circle hook will work), and a bobber up near the swivel.  Tarpon fishing with crabs can be good all throughout the year, but usually starting in the spring through early summer is when they work the best…

Capt. Rick Stanczyk

About Capt. Rick Stanczyk

Capt. Rick Stanczyk is a locally born and raised charter fishing captain in Islamorada, FL. He caught his first bonefish when he was 3 and has been ‘on the water fishing’ ever since. He loves what he does and enjoys showing his clients a great time fishing in the Florida Keys. Contact him at 305-747-6903 or!

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