I got one for my birthday this year but I'm having trouble deciphering the VMRC regs in regards to when I can use it.
EXEMPTIONS - The following activities are exempt from the licensing requirements:
1. Taking by dip net, hand line, or two crab pots as much as one bushel of hard crabs and two dozen peeler crabs in any one day for personal use aboard any vessel. If crabbing occurs from shore (crabs are not possessed on a vessel) the possession limit is one bushel and two dozen peeler crabs per person per day.
* It is unlawful for any person to place, set, or fish or knowingly leave any hard crab pot or peeler pot in any Virginia tidal waters from December 1 through March 16 [4 VAC 20-270-40].
* The season for the Recreational Gear License, up to 5 crab pots, is June 1 through September 15 [4 VAC 20-670-30].
Ok so I understand I don't need a license to fish one pot. I can't use it between December 1st and March 16.
Can I use it between March 16th and June 1st? Or is it considered "up to 5 crab pots" and I must wait until June 1st?
Thanks for any insight.
Each person can set 2 pots from March 17th to Dec. 1st. You can also buy a "5 pot gear license" that allows you to set 5 pots from June 1st until Sept. 15th. You can do one or the other but not both. Max gear in the water is 5 pots.