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4. Ever present shore crabs can be insufferable, stripping your hooks bare within a minute of casting out. These habitats provide an easy, crunchy feast for visiting bass. It pays to take plenty of bait with you, not to feed off these annoying nippers (there’s no chance of that!), but to make regular casts in the hope that a passing bass will wolf down the wriggling treat before the greedy crabs get a look in. Another option is to float fish, keeping your bait just off the deck. Use the same sort of outfit as for floodwater chubbing, of robust line and chunky Loafer floats carrying around 3 to 6 SSG. It certainly saves on bait, but trotting tactics do generally seems to pick out the smaller bass.