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« on: April 09, 2010, 03:37:29 PM »

This is my first post, I just found the site the other day.  Anyway, I was digging for quahogs today in Onset, ma
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« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2010, 03:40:56 PM »

That last post was an accident.  I was quahogging in Onset, MA this afternoon and pulled up a smaller female blue crab(4-5").  I am new to crabbing and was wondering if crabs will winter over in the shallow muddy bottom coves up here, or are there crabs coming into Buzzards bay already because of the warm weather we have had? 
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« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2010, 03:47:30 PM »

Hey Dan, welcome aboard. More than likely they are buried in the mud. That's what crabs will do to winter over. Any moving crabs will be moving on water temps, not air temps. Crabs will generally start becoming active when water temps reach about 55F. They're just starting their wake up in Va. and southern Md. about now.
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« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2010, 04:24:59 PM »

Thanks for the info.  I have seen a lot of discarded claws laying on the beach where I have been clamming and I plan on crabbing the area when the water temp gets high enough.
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« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2010, 04:35:59 PM »

WELCOME . good luck and have a great year.  Wink
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« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2010, 05:49:58 PM »

That last post was an accident.  I was quahogging in Onset, MA this afternoon and pulled up a smaller female blue crab(4-5").  I am new to crabbing and was wondering if crabs will winter over in the shallow muddy bottom coves up here, or are there crabs coming into Buzzards bay already because of the warm weather we have had? 

Just curious.....what is the water temp where you are?
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« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2010, 09:55:25 PM »

NOAA reports the temp as 47.1 degrees (at the mouth of the bay).
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« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2010, 07:50:22 AM »

NOAA reports the temp as 47.1 degrees (at the mouth of the bay).

Thanks.....

I doubt very seriously that they'd be moving in water that cold.
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« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2010, 03:01:58 AM »

This is my first post, I just found the site the other day.  Anyway, I was digging for quahogs today in Onset, ma

Hey dan....welcome to the site.....I'm across the bay in bourne.....the blue crabs up our way like to winter over around spring holes......I'm guessing there are some spring holes out in the deeper water close to were you where quahogging.
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