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Old 07-03-2017, 08:27 AM   #1
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Mission Bay Snorkel Report 7-2-17

Spent a bay day with Wifey, kiddos and friends at Mariners Basin. Perfect weather with s little breeze. Brought one bass rod to poke around later in the day as well as snorkel gear. It is always cool to see how much life is down there. Spotties everywhere including some trophy models. Swim right over them and they just stare you down lol. Angel sharks, tons of juvi Calico's. I never spotted any Halibut but did find a few Diamond Turbot, eating size at that. Nice size schools of 3 to 7" Smelt everywhere and big mullet, one swam right by me had to be had to be 20".

Also, came across a few, LARGE (I think) Dungeness crabs that were bedding down in the sand. One was friggin huge, guessing 10 or 11" across, with a female locked up under him. I tried, unsuccessfully to pick them up but those fuggers were quick. Every time I would locate one and try to play, they b-lined it for cover. Anyone know for sure what crabs these are? Sorry no pics.
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Old 07-03-2017, 08:36 AM   #2
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Thanks for the report.

Are we talking about Mission Bay in San Diego?

If so it would be very unusual to have Dungeness crabs in Southern California.

They are a northern California species. They have some markings on their back.

Perhaps yellow or red crabs were what you saw.

Too bad you did not have a spear gun with you.
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Old 07-03-2017, 10:35 AM   #3
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Spider crabs most likely...
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Old 07-04-2017, 09:13 AM   #4
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Yeah Mariners Basin in Mission Bay. Definitely not a Spider Crab, caught plenty of those guys. After a google search I learned there are a few close cousins to the Dungeness that are common in our waters so I'm thinking it was one of them. Pretty neat.

https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Fishing/...Dungeness-Crab
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Red and Yellows

Local Red and Yellow Rock Crabs...
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