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Catching Sand Fleas

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Dedicate to Charlie Hatch and the older generation of Florida Commercial Pompano Fishermen. Thank you for taking the time to teach me! Special thanks to Dan! Music by Dan-O at DanoSongs.com.
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xq39 (7 days ago)
Thats fucking gross haha wont see the beach the same way
Cool Dude Daddy (10 days ago)
Amazing video, incredible teaching details. So fucking cool!!!!!!!!!!!
Spark Fishing (20 days ago)
Are the mole crabs around in the winter? I like the video!
311POPE (11 days ago)
Hello spark fishing and sorry I just seen your post. In my area these crabs are in the surf all year. We usually only catch them during the winter months to fish our pompano and sheepshead migration. Glad you enjoyed the video!!
talon55130 (24 days ago)
In 1978 when I first visited my parents in Naples Florida after they moved there from Minnesota. My father told me about sand flea's. Basically they were free bait. For the casual fishing they're easy to collect. Go to the beach, walk into the surf right where the waves break and you'll feel where there's a slight drop off. Take a colander (bowl with lot's of holes used for draining water from food) and scoop into the sand at that point. Walk up the beach and dump it out. Spread the sand and the sand flea's will run like hell. Scoop them up and put them in a bait bucket. Fish LOVE THEM. Free and easy to catch.
Mario Audet (1 month ago)
Awesome Video!!!!
Beth Leykamm (2 months ago)
what is that tool that you are using
311POPE (2 months ago)
Hello Beth! We call them sand flea rakes and the larger ones, like in this video, are handmade. Our local bait shops along with Wal-Marts all sell sand flea rakes but they are much smaller. Cheers!
Brad Johnson (2 months ago)
Well I’m never going to the beach again
Fitness Queen (3 months ago)
I catch these with my hands ... they are just beach cacaroches ... very tasty salad toppings ...
Kamihya luv (3 months ago)
Do sand fleas bite?
They are biological nocturnal. Harmless and ecologically helpful. Please dont overfish.
Kevin Scurlock (4 months ago)
Is that a custom made catcher?
ivey ivey12 (4 months ago)
Jason Poe (4 months ago)
Sand fleas are ROCK AND ROLL!!!
mellow hawgnthagame (4 months ago)
outstanding video! Thank you 311POPE. Duuuuuuval!
311POPE (4 months ago)
Thanks mellow!!
Jason Le (4 months ago)
hi, where can i buy this type of rake? thanks
311POPE (4 months ago)
Hello Jason, unfortunately no one sales this type of rake it has to be made. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlcOJaxHtEM&t=8s
Jason Le (4 months ago)
The soft shell work very pretty good, th hard shell dont work at all
Principal of the thing (4 months ago)
How can i see it! It’s 720ps
adrianitops ps (4 months ago)
En el Perú se llama muymuy,le sacas el caparazón lo preparas en torrejas ó sólo fritas saben a camaroncitos muy agradable
Steven Garcia (4 months ago)
these sand fleas have a role to play and should be left alone.... stupid people will never learn.
bigone231 (4 months ago)
what sand scoop is that i cant find it any where all i find are the flimsy ones
Jazmíne Estrada (4 months ago)
I see them every time I got to the beach no matter what time I don't like them at all but they are very interesting though it's just my opinion partially because my cousins catches them all the time and makes me run or else they will through them at me
i love you (5 months ago)
it was high tide yesterday and they were absolutely everywhere, nasty as hell lmao
P5ykoOHD (5 months ago)
Can you eat them ? Or is it just for bait ?
melanie martinez (5 months ago)
great video,
Andrea Mills (5 months ago)
Ew disgusting
James Zachary (5 months ago)
Awesome bait!! And.. Really good eating too lol. We call them sand crabs over here on the west side. Tight lines!!
Michael Gallardo (5 months ago)
Joke in my demise, please out professor klique
Epoch (6 months ago)
My man DESTROYED some sand fleas 😎😎 absolute boss out there
FREEDOME2 (6 months ago)
Great video! Thanks for sharing!! 👍
Freddie Gonz (6 months ago)
Where can one buy sand flea rake with tooth like yours
311POPE (6 months ago)
You will need to make one. They are hard to make but I have a video on how I do it.
Dave Mullins (7 months ago)
Instructions not clear. Penis stuck in tuna fish. Please advise.
Dave Mullins (7 months ago)
311POPE I never pull out.
311POPE (7 months ago)
LMFAO! Pull OUT Mullins!! Try a snapper or clam, bearded or not it's all good, lol !
Very good idea
Mike D (8 months ago)
I attack Sand Fleas for a living.
ralexlu (8 months ago)
where did you get the rake? Or did you make it yourself?
ralexlu (8 months ago)
311POPE thanks!
311POPE (8 months ago)
I made it, here's a link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlcOJaxHtEM
Namita Nayak (8 months ago)
What s name of this thing by using you catching the sand fleas... and from where i can get this .. actually i need the aluminium stick please guide me ...
Namita Nayak (8 months ago)
Thank for your valuable time and reply , i m really appreciate. Actually i m not getting any where like online shoping web from Amazon and all
311POPE (8 months ago)
Hello Namita!! We call it a sand flea rake and you can find them online or any local tackle shop along the east coast of Florida even Wal-Mart. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNHLOg2nb9Y
Chris h. (8 months ago)
These nasty creatures are full of parasites, so don't even think about eating them.
צרחן כוכב Dimas (9 months ago)
Why catch these sand fleas , what r they good for ?
Andrew (9 months ago)
Thanks for this video. There are way too many fishing channels on YouTube that are nothing more than guys just showing what they catch. it is very much appreciated that you actually give some instructions for new fishermen. Or older fisherman looking to learn new tricks. thank you
Swagsire (10 months ago)
Can sand fleas be on any beach?
311POPE (10 months ago)
I have been on a lot of beaches around the world and there are quite a few that do not have them. Most rocky or stone beaches that i've been on do not.
MrJag2074 (10 months ago)
desde que mire este video, en2016 he puesto en practica estas recomendaciones, y he aprendido como recojer sand fleas. ahora ecojo solo las que quiero!! gracias,, thats a lot of fun catchin this lil. guys, thanks for the tips, very useful, i'll being harvest sand fleas all the time,
Fritz Wilhelm (11 months ago)
They can actually bite viciously, at least here in the Pacific Northwest. Throw a piece of ham into a tidal sand pool, and all the babies rush up out of the sand to chow down on it. If you, or your kids, sit in the pools, they will start to bite you.
angie meredith (11 months ago)
i go to anay beach they are all ok and the most inportant part is to have fun
patio87 (11 months ago)
popcorn crab
conner4669 (11 months ago)
so those are what i got i thought it was baby shells doing that then i diped my bucet and got these
Student Vlogs (11 months ago)
Is it edible?
311POPE (11 months ago)
Ed Hill (11 months ago)
I wish you could consider about making more videos
Ed Hill (11 months ago)
311POPE that would be great because a lot of the information that you have in your videos are very helpful. I think I have watched all your videos like 2 or 3 times each. I cannot find an it is hard to find anything about fishing skills on the internet. Thanks for the reply have a great weekend
311POPE (11 months ago)
Whats up Ed!! Any suggestions and maybe i'll do a vid on it?
Neotritionist (11 months ago)
When u finally realize what those little pebbles hitting ur feet in the ocean were
sonrouge (1 year ago)
Mm, might've been what I was always randomly digging up at Virginia Beach.
Ade Vanjava (1 year ago)
Its nice
J I N uzumaki (1 year ago)
moe crabs = sand fleas
MARK SAMIR (1 year ago)
I use a net! Just a regular net for butterfly’s
Cinderroob (1 year ago)
Sand fleas are evil little bastards. I was sitting on a beach in NC when one pinched by ass so hard I got a bruised from it. And the love pinching toes as well.
kylie smith (1 year ago)
Ya know we out her, cachin dez sand fleas 😎
Rad Reeling Fishing (1 year ago)
Great video! How long can you keep sand fleas alive in a five gallon bucket with sand and some beach water?
311POPE (1 year ago)
Whazzz up Rad Reel !? Your question is very loaded my friend, we can keep fleas alive for about a week but the moment we catch them we're looking to release alive for fresh ones. There's a lot of factors that go into keeping fleas fresh for fishing. The most important things to remember is keep the fleas cool, moist not soaking wet, in a well drained environment/container and spread out, to many fleas in a container that's to wet and they will die overnight. Fish on!!!
Shoua Moua (1 year ago)
He got good eyes I can barely see them
King Cube (1 year ago)
Head itches*
I always thought that sand fleas were some sort of crab
Nightwing 63 (1 year ago)
I love sifting sand where can I get one of these ?
Evy Sunshine (1 year ago)
ewww that's disgusting I'm never going to a beach lol XD yesss I am
BabyHops786 (1 year ago)
Those are sand crabs. Sand fleas jump around seaweed.
danny formello (1 year ago)
Literally just wait until a wave crashes and stick your hand in the mud and you can catch like 5, ya don’t need this complex of a video/strategy
Shut the Fuk up (1 year ago)
Wait wtf 19 years of my life I've been calling these baby crabs wtf are sand flees
Sweetkiwi74 (1 year ago)
Why would anyone want to eat those
BombPlayz Game (1 year ago)
U look ugly
TTtahnok (1 year ago)
I cant believe Ive read like 50 comments and not one person has mentioned the CRITICAL WASH ZONE!!!!!
Seth Elmore (1 year ago)
popcorn and grape nuts is what they taste like out of oil then toasted butter mmm!
I always got scared to see them😂😂
CluckNorris TheChick (1 year ago)
I live in NJ and i used to just catch em' as a kid with my hands. I took one home once for my dads aquarium and the snails attacked them😂
kam (1 year ago)
M se (1 year ago)
lol critical "wash" zone
Kringe (1 year ago)
therr itchy as fuck
Hannahanya (1 year ago)
Jayne Haubner (1 year ago)
Early in the morning or late at night is the best time I am not a commercial fisherman but it is a lot of fun to catch them I caught a lot where I was in Destin I look for a bunch of like little “v”s where the water washes out
nat (1 year ago)
How tf did i get here
Emma the Giraffe (1 year ago)
i’m just here bc it’s fun to watch you chat have them
Luis Dones (1 year ago)
Wow so many animals i have yet to learn about.
LiL GAMER (1 year ago)
You sound like you are teaching kindergartens
Nichole Sauls (1 year ago)
Me and my dad went to Marcos island 💙
hey boo (1 year ago)
Who else just called them sand crabs... Me?✋🏻
TaeHobi9 (1 year ago)
I hate when they crawls on my toes when I go for a swim
buck wild (1 year ago)
u eat those
311POPE (1 year ago)
Steven Hair (1 year ago)
At 49 years of age, I should have known these were not really fleas. I grew up in the desert, the ocean was far away for me :) Are these things tasty?
311POPE (1 year ago)
They are not bad however I would rather eat the fish we catch with them. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNHLOg2nb9Y
Lulu R (1 year ago)
My older sister said “I feel something on the sand, I don’t like this” I have no idea what it is but me and my family stay in Santa Monica which is Long way and We stay there like two weeks, I think it was in 2016 last year. Last week, I told my sister what it is and I told her “Sans fleas”, she was so disgusted by it and then we i picked all the sand, there were like two little sand fleas, she was like “there cute” and I said to her “there maybe big ones too” she was like “OMG EWWWW”, I was laughing so hard but when it was my first time there I said “It is sand crab” 😂😂😂😂😂 Oh and by the way, sand fleas don’t bite they just crawl in the sand that is it.
TheEducated One (1 year ago)
I don't fish why am I watching this
Young Gil (1 year ago)
I can never catch these ni🅱🅱as before they dig to the ground
Phoenix-Rider (1 year ago)
Ayy Lamo
Honestly, I've been wanting sea creatures like sand fleas, beach worms, and different types of tropical and salt water fish sent to me free, but that isn't gonna happen.. Lol -ewampler pobox1502
Felicity Cardenas (1 year ago)
that is sea turtle
Mike Brenneman (1 year ago)
You are an excellent teacher! Thanks
I cath them bare hand
stupid white boy,he dont know about,catch the sea fleas hahahaha
Sam The Man (1 year ago)
When I was in myrtle beach I found one and it had a smaller one I think it was a baby attached to it's back and we looked up a sea cockroach and they look the same
Andrew Skeith (1 year ago)
Catching mole crabs down at the beach is a favorite past time. You'd see all the little kiddies with their buckets digging in the wash zone, trying to catch the big ones. There would always be that one kid who bragged about his collection being bigger than anybody else's. Those were simpler times.
View This (1 year ago)
It was 1971......Satellite Beach Florida. I was 7 years old, we lived at 700 Flamingo Dr. The beach was basicly across the street. I remember learning how to dig for Sand Fleas by a local fisherman.
MrMilanoLau (1 year ago)
Do sand fleas bite?
MrMilanoLau (1 year ago)
Some people say sand fleas in NZ bite, just wondering if they are the same species. Thanks anyway.
311POPE (1 year ago)
No please check this out....  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNHLOg2nb9Y
Just-Ruddy (1 year ago)
i am not a fishermen, did not know anything about sand fleas, however i found this video well done and informative. thanks
311POPE (1 year ago)
Thank you for taking the time to comment!
big pompano (1 year ago)
Sorry, but only an ego maniac would give away info that good fishermen learn the hard way. From trial and error. You just gave away info to a whole bunch of A-holes who don't have the right to instantly know about flea raking (they keep even the berried females), why didn't you tell them to release those ?. There's already a dramatic reduction in fleas and flea size. I'm, 60 and have been pompano fishing all of florida since I was a small boy. There used to be millions of fleas the size of a small chicken egg. Now it's mostly just little ones. Hell the pompano schools used to lay flat and ride up with the waves feeding and the whole wash would be solid pompano. Why the hell would you post this. You could not be much of a commercial pompano fisherman because now you can only cast net or rod and reel like you. I doubt you ever made a set in your life. Real commercial fishermen, like any smart merchant, don't post trade secrets all over you tube.
311POPE (1 year ago)
You are insulting me and complementing my knowledge in the same paragraph, interesting. Real fishermen, commercial or not, should not feel threatened by others. You and I, assuming your a real commercial fisherman, both know that a single video will never take the place of hard learning by trial and error. What does laying a gill net for pompano have to do with your insults? Growing up in a commercial fishing community I have had my share of run ends with other commercial fishermen. When I asked the older fishermen their advice they would always pose two questions. Does “Big Pompano” put food on your table? No. Does “Big Pompano” put shoes on your baby’s feet? No. Then tell Big Pompano to fuck off. Always listening and respecting my elders I must say, fuck off! Judging by your attitude you probably still lay sets and are a contributing factor why the younger commercial generation will never be able to lay a set in state waters again.
firstname lastname (1 year ago)
I've eaten these before, they taste like Shrimp.
ClayZ (1 year ago)
Why am I here!
When I was little we used to take buckets and find those things and one of the times there was a giant one with huge red eyes..I never went to go to catch them again

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