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wavridr
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« on: August 22, 2022, 09:37:47 AM »

I've been crabbing Indian River bay for years and have yet to crack the secret code for finding the crabs.  This year is even worse, tried a new spot and get 25-30 females/sponges in each pot and like 1-2 males per pot.

Where can I find males?  Deeper/shallower?  Cooler/warmer? 

Any help you can provide is great!
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« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2022, 06:08:07 PM »

Generally females with eggs are found in saltier water.  Jimmies prefer the brackish water.  Depth and temperature will not make much difference if the salt level is not correct.  Since it has been dry lately the salt level in parts of the bay may be up.
I would recommend heading to any of the rivers/creeks and further away from the inlet.
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« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2022, 11:10:06 PM »

The closer to the inlet, the more females you're going to get.  if you're dropping pots, go up Herring creek and put them around the sod bank islands in the skinny water, or go N towards the entrance of Love Creek. Unfortunately, there are a couple of "summer teeth" Neanderthals that regularly rob pots.
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« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2022, 11:12:43 PM »

Also, since you're in Ocean View, find the ramp at Camp Barnes and put in at Assawoman Bay. There are almost no females in the waters there.
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« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2022, 06:11:34 AM »

UPDATE 9/4/2022:  I can't find the person's post who replied to me but per your recommendation I tried out Warwick Cove and had better results. Not enough for a crab feast but the results were good.

4 commercial sized pots, 26 hour soak, 100% males, no females, no sponges, only 3 smalls, 11 keepers and some were BIG!!

Going to try to go deeper up the creek next time and see what happens.

Thanks to everyone who posted suggestions.
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