These baits excel during times other than new and full moon periods, but on those weeks, a live blue or calico crab
is hard to beat.
Consider king carp, cabezon, croaker, coalfish, clevis, calico crabs
, and killies.
Common methods of catching these fish include multi-hook surf rigs baited with calico crabs
or pieces of same, live or dead sand fleas (mole crabs), chunks of shrimp--preferably fresh--and clam strips.
Small dollar-sized blue crabs or calico crabs
are preferred natural baits.
On the outgoing tide, lookfor jumbo live shrimp and small blue or calico crabs
to fire up the bite.