I think "Fingerless" hit the nail on the head.........with the 37 degree outside temperature this morning, and the shallow water in our estuary rivers, the season is pretty much over. There might be a honey hole or two that will still be productive, but they are far and few between. As I drove around to various places this week and weekend, I saw not a soul out there crabbing or fishing. I guess everyone took a bye week with the Patriots.
I was reading a couple of past posts and noticed that a few of the crabbers are reporting the occasional 7 1/2 " crab.................that folks is big for Massachusetts and I mean big. In all the years I crabbed, I only took a few of that size and 7"'s. I wonder if "Global Warming" has something to do with it. The water temperatures are a little warmer than they were in the 50's, for sure. Here it is near the end of October and we still are seeing water temperatures in the upper 50's, near 60 degrees.
I will say, that many of the crabbing areas are looking a little bit cleaner than usual. For years the volume of trash, especially at the 195 Boat Ramp and Weweantic Route 6 bridge were very bad. Keep up the good work !!!!! Pick up your trash and a little of someone Else's and maybe these places will stay open for everyone to crab.
I am curious as to your opinions on the daily limit imposed by Marine Fisheries...........how has it effected you
I have been at odds with them during the Patrick Administration and have expressed my opinion at several hearings and I am sure their ears were burning when I got through with them. In my opinion, they are spending more time in regulating us into non existence than working to maintain a sustainable fishery. The politicians will always place hunting and fishing at the very bottom of the list, year after year, all my life so far.