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The Berkley Gulp Peeler Crab is a saltwater bait which mimics the popular saltwater forage; a peeler crab. The Peeler Crab, from Berkley's Gulp line of soft baits, offers saltwater anglers an accurate representation of a natural crab which is a popular snack for many saltwater species of fish. The overall realism presented by the Berkley Gulp Peeler Crab allows anglers to fish it just as they would real live bait. Rig it through the side and drift the bait along in current or put it on a small jig head and retrieve it back to the boat. We offer two sizes of the Berkley Gulp Peel Crab: 1" & 2". The 1" size comes 8 per pack and the 2" size comes 5 per pack.
Peeler crabs are simply hard shell blue crabs that show signs of molting. The molting process, commercially called shedding, is when the hard shell is cast off and the new soft shell emerges. In the soft condition, the shell expands to a larger size before rehardening. Peeler crabs is the tern given to blue crans that are in a pre-molt stage. The abundance of peeler crabs depends on water temperature, salinity and time of the year. In Florida blue crabs molt yearlong, but are most abundant when water temperatures exceed 68 degrees. When blue crabs are molting they seek protection from predator fish. Areas that have grass shoals, shallow shorelines or submerged structures are habitats that often contain larger quantities of pre-mold crabs. [Harvest and Identification of Peeler Crabs ~ Steven Otwell & Frank Lawlor]