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« on: June 06, 2008, 03:35:30 PM »

http://www.mrc.state.va.us/regulations/recfish&crabrules.shtm
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« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2008, 04:38:55 PM »

So from what I understand, my husband and I don't need a license to go hand line & net crabbing, is this correct? We're brand new to this and want to try it soon.
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« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2008, 04:42:03 PM »

So from what I understand, my husband and I don't need a license to go hand line & net crabbing, is this correct? We're brand new to this and want to try it soon.
That is correct.  Plus you can use an unlimited number of traps and 2 commercial pots/person.  24/7..  And Welcome to the BCA  Cool
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« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2008, 04:43:33 PM »

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« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2008, 04:20:28 PM »

I have two questions:

1) If camping at Cherrystone, can my wife and I drop over two crab pots each while we are fishing, or is it two pots per vessel?

2) The other question is about the pots themselves.  Do the pots have to have culling rings for recreational crabbing.
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« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2008, 04:54:37 PM »

I have two questions:

1) If camping at Cherrystone, can my wife and I drop over two crab pots each while we are fishing, or is it two pots per vessel?

2) The other question is about the pots themselves.  Do the pots have to have culling rings for recreational crabbing.
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1. 2 per person

2. Yes   * A recreational crab pot must have at least four unobstructed cull rings, one at least 2 5/16 inches inside diameter, another at least 2 3/16 inches inside diameter located one each in opposite exterior side panels of the upper chamber of the pot, and two at least 2 3/8 inches inside diameter cull rings located one each in opposite exterior side panels of the upper chamber of the pot; except the two 2 3/8 inches diameter ring are not required in pots set on seaside of Accomack & Northampton Counties [4 VAC 20-700-20].

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« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2008, 11:51:23 AM »

I am still trying to clear up the number of crab traps that I can use at Cherrystone next year on vacation.  I will be using the recreational open top drop traps, not commercial crab pots.   I here there is no limit, I hear 2 per person the same as pots.  I spoke with the DNR rep and they said 2 also.  Can anyone verify that as it seems a small numberr of traps if I have a bushel limit/ 
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« Reply #8 on: November 05, 2008, 12:56:16 PM »

I am still trying to clear up the number of crab traps that I can use at Cherrystone next year on vacation.  I will be using the recreational open top drop traps, not commercial crab pots.   I here there is no limit, I hear 2 per person the same as pots.  I spoke with the DNR rep and they said 2 also.  Can anyone verify that as it seems a small numberr of traps if I have a bushel limit/ 
Answer is here -> http://www.bluecrab.info/forum/index.php/topic,27845.0.html Welcome to the BCA
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« Reply #9 on: April 18, 2009, 01:40:22 PM »

The cull ring regulation that Jack quoted got updated this spring.

4VAC20-700-20. Cull ring requirements.

A. Effective July 1, 2008 it shall be unlawful for any person to place, set or fish any crab pot, in Virginia's Seaside Area, that does not contain at least two unobstructed cull rings of size and location within the pot, as described in this subsection, except as provided in subsection C of this section. One cull ring shall be at least 2-5/16 inches inside diameter, and the other cull ring shall be at least 2-3/16 inches inside diameter. These cull rings shall be located, one each, in opposite exterior side panels of the upper chamber of the pot.

B. It shall be unlawful for any person to place, set or fish any crab pot, in any Virginia waters, except as described in subsection A of this section, that does not contain at least two unobstructed, cull rings. The two cull rings shall be at least 2-3/8 inches inside diameter and shall be located, one each, in opposite exterior side panels of the upper chamber of the pot.
C. Peeler pots with a mesh size less than 1-1/2 inches shall be exempt from the cull ring requirement.
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« Reply #10 on: April 18, 2009, 07:38:28 PM »

A little confusing,does this mean that you have to have 4 cull rings of 3 different sizes or if you have the bigger ones then all you have to have is 2?
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« Reply #11 on: April 19, 2009, 07:35:02 AM »

The new rule is two cull rings For the seaside of the eastern shore one at 2 5/16 and one at 2 3/16.

For the rest of the state it is 2 cull rings 2 3/8 inches in diameter.. 

Last year was when it was confusing.  Then you had to have four cull rings three different sizes.  Of course you could have used four all of the larger size and been legal.
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« Reply #12 on: April 19, 2009, 10:21:58 AM »

Well that is better why the differance in sizes on the seaside?I understand smaller crabs there but why have 2 different sizes,is there times when they can close the bigger one off?
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« Reply #13 on: April 19, 2009, 10:25:44 AM »

Well that is better why the differance in sizes on the seaside?I understand smaller crabs there but why have 2 different sizes,is there times when they can close the bigger one off?
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« Reply #14 on: May 27, 2010, 12:17:50 PM »

thanks for the help!
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« Reply #15 on: May 27, 2010, 10:46:00 PM »

Click on the link provided and do a little research.
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« Reply #16 on: May 13, 2013, 12:55:10 PM »

Hi Jack, Just wondering if I can run a 1200' trotline on the tidal potomac if i put in on the Va. side ? Thanks
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« Reply #17 on: May 13, 2013, 03:40:30 PM »

Hi Jack, Just wondering if I can run a 1200' trotline on the tidal potomac if i put in on the Va. side ? Thanks
I just updated the Potomac Rules topic (added the pic below) -> http://www.bluecrab.info/forum/index.php/topic,28255.msg246316.html#msg246316

Basically, If your in the Md. Trib's then it's MD Rules...  If your in the main section of the river it's PRFC rules.  1 600' line per boat.  If your in a VA trib. it's 1 300' line per license.  You can have multi license in VA but the lines can't cannot be connected..... Cool
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« Reply #18 on: May 14, 2013, 11:49:26 PM »

Thanks Jack, Looks like i better do some more research. Huh
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