Dungenous crab season opened for recreational anglers last Saturday. I paddled out under the Golden Gate (no taking dungenous inside the Golden Gate) yesterday and dropped a cage. Standard folding trap with a plastic bait box inside (looks like a sleeve). Chicken skin and fat (plus some pork fat) as bait.
Paddled out again today and pulled the trap up - and it was empty. Very empty. This is how empty:
I know that there are crabs in the area - saw others pulling up nice full pots not far away. But I have been known to drop pots in bad locations (I guess rocky areas, and not sandy bottomed areas dungenous are know for). And this was a new spot for me, so a pot empty of crabs wouldn't surprise me too much.
But where did the bait box go? It was tied on. And even if the knots came untied, I don't think it could get out any of the openings of the pot without the side of the cage being opened.
I am guessing someone else came along while the pot was out and emptied it of any catch plus the bait box.