My Brother and I are in a similar situation. We plan to go to the Rappahannock River from August 1-8.
We plan to use (30) 12” Square Topless Traps. Am I interpreting Virginia State law correctly with the following assumptions:
(30) 12” Square Topless Traps
No License Required
No Special Buoys Marking Requirements
(1) Bushel Per Person on Boat (2) Total
5” Min Male Hard Crabs
Mature Females Allowed
I was also curious about the 300’ Trotline License. Is it 24/7 as well?
Thanks in advance,
Let's see. . . 30, 50, 100 topless traps are OK. . . no license for them . . . no limit on the number of traps.
24/7 recreational crabbing allowed EXCEPT if you are using a 5-pot recreational license. With the 5-pot recreational license there is no working the pots on Sunday.
I don't know about the buoys if they were on crab pots then you would have to have them marked with an R and the last four digits of your SS number. You do need to mark the buoys on your trot line in this manner.
Possession limit if you don't have any licenses on the vessel is 1 Bu or 24 peeler crabs per vessel.
IF you have licensed crabbers on the vessel then each is allowed 1 bu or 24 peeler crabs. In such a case one of those Bu of crabs is the above vessel limit, i.e one licensed crabber and six unlicensed crabber on the vessel is still a 1 bu vessel limit.
No minimum size limit on mature female crabs.
Dark sponge crab restrictions until July 1.
One last thing. If you do have licensed crabbing gear then you have mandatory reporting.