Oct 18

Crayfish while divingIf you love diving as well as fishing, you can combine both these hobbies to enjoy them simultaneously. Take a look at Diving Miami who offer you all the fun of diving and snorkeling through training, equipment rental, helping you find exciting diving spots, and much more. Amongst the fish sought after while diving, crayfish is one of the most popular ones and it is quite challenging to find it, thus it provides just the desired amount of thrill too. Free-diving for crayfish needs you to dedicate time and effort. You have to dive up and down, search in crevices and cracks, and under rocks at all levels, usually below the kelp. Patience is a prime requirement. New diving and fishing enthusiasts often get disheartened and give it up quickly. However, if you carry on with patience, you can learn to find out which spots to look for crayfish – usually large rocks having all the necessary components like deep cracks, ledges, gutters and crevices, and surrounded by kelp.

Hard Work and Reward

The most fun part of catching crayfish while diving is finding them is the most difficult part, but once you find them, you get many of them just nearby. So you get reward for your hard work. Wherever you see a rocky area full of cracks and crevices, and a few crayfish, you will certainly find many more of them in the vicinity.

How to Capture

After you find the crayfish, the next challenge waiting for you is learning to capture them. Newer divers are often hesitant to thrust arms into cracks and caves; some even draw back when the cray runs away. This is only a mental barrier. You should understand that the crayfish cannot injure you. When you become totally fearless, you know that all you have to do is to feel for the base of the horns and catch hold of. However you also need to ensure that there are no eels around in the crevice.

As soon as you spot the cray hole – drop your float weights or gun by the opening to mark the location after making sure that your float line is not detached and gun is not loaded. Return, get sufficient breath and be ready for attack. Some divers are of opinion that a hard and fast technique is the proper way, but using strategy is the best. Also if needed, make a few dives before actually capturing. See how they are sitting, what would be the best approach angle, etc. These few check dives are worth a captured crayfish compared to a runaway crayfish.

underwater crayfish

Crays have long antennae which help them to sense vibrations in water as a signal to run away from danger. So, don’t touch their antennae. Grabbing crays by their antennae is also not wise, because they are very fragile and break easily. The best way is to use both your hands – one in front of you to catch their attention and the other to move behind them. The cray upon sensing your hand will move to face it, by slightly moving backward. This is the time when you can thrust your other hand behind it and grab the creature by both hands – from back and front. However you have to remember that cray won’t be waiting for you in this ideal position. So, in other cases, you have to grab them by the horns’ base. Apply the strategy of distracting them with one hand and grab them with the other.

You will also have to remember to get a strong hold because upon being grabbed the cray will flap its tail vigorously to escape. Pull it from the hole and grab its tail first to ensure that it doesn’t flap away.

What will You Need?

You will need a few tools which you can choose as per your personal choice, catchbags to store crays, cray snares which are preferred by many spearos – but others tie your crayfish to their float line, a dive torch as you often have to access dark caves for crayfish, and good quality robust dive gloves.