Re: Crab Bait
I believe if a crab will eat it, a seal will also, I have not found the magical bait you seek. On the positive side every seal you feed is one more salmon/steelhead which possibly makes it thru the bay to spawning grounds.
I have been forced to use bait cages to deter the seals on open style crab traps. Small cages of chicken wire seem to be cheap to build and work well, but they rust out fairly fast.
Last time out I made some bait cages from 6 inch wide plastic gutter guards. The holes were so small the crabs could not feed and would not hold in the traps. Thier must be a readilly available plastic mesh material to make an effective bait cages from.
Full cage crab traps (commercial style) do keep the seals away from the bait best.
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