Hey I am in the wilmington area as well, did you ever figure out the rules? I can't find anybody that knows for sure or the ones that think they do all say something different.http://www.ncfisheries.net/
>>>>That should help you, unless you crab inland waters then you'll need to look at NC Wildlife site. I believe I saw somewhere you're only allowed 1 pot to the pier, N) One crab pot may be used from private property or private pier, without a license - Reference 15A NCAC 3J.0302
Other than that, you'll need a CRFL if using comm type crab pots up to five, must be identified with Hot Pink buoy's. Must not exceed 50 crabs per person and/or 100 crabs per vessel per day. As of July 2nd 2008 as I was politely informed and warned by Wildlife Officers, you'll need a fishing license to use hand lands for crabbing inland waters.