Brings back memories! Crabbing is great fun.....
We used to lasso them around the claws, the rig consisted of old umbrella spokes, where we used to use a stiff mono tied at one end into a lasso. Another spoke had some bait tied to it on a very short string, mostly shark skin or some dry fish (Bombay duck most of the time). We used to use find holes in the rocks or plants and dangle the bait slightly into the hole so that the crab would catch the scent and come for it. The trick was lassoing its claw when it went for your bait....was great fun.
My brother who did not have the patience to indulge in this fine art, used to lure the crab out and just make a grab with his other hand....fun days
Thanks Bobby for sharing the fine technique. I have seen similar style used here along the outskirts of Pune during monsoon for Rock Crabs.
But instead of bait, the people use a long grass blade. I am not sure how the grass lures the crab out, but it really works.
I might have some pictures of the catches. Will dig and post here when I have time.