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« on: June 16, 2004, 01:53:24 PM »

what is the legal size for this year? Huh
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« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2004, 03:09:14 PM »

....Peeler or shedder..3inches..........soft shell,3 and one half inches..........hard shell...4 and one half inches.....one bushel per person....... Cool
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« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2004, 04:24:45 PM »

4.5 inches is the minimum size [dang] .... its 5 to 5 1/4 here in md
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« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2004, 07:47:06 PM »

that's what i thought it was here in Nj.
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« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2004, 02:02:44 PM »

thats really small, hardly any meat either i imagine
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« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2004, 02:17:06 PM »

  Even though the legal size, for now, is 5" here in MD, I never keep anything under 5 1/2", and even that's a stretch!!  I mean, when you lay out a spread of a couple dozen crabs with most being large and up, who wants to pick those little weasels?   Toss those little one's back, in August they'll be those big boys you really want!!  Grin Wink
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« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2004, 02:21:01 PM »

Well madcrab , ive never got the "Big Boys"

 So if i want crabs to eat i have to keep them 5".

 Biggest ive ever caught was 7, and thats the only one that large, all i catch are between 5 - 6 inches, atleast this time of year  Smiley Wink
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« Reply #7 on: June 17, 2004, 02:23:22 PM »

  Ahhh, this is true.  Smaller crabs are more abundant this time of year.  Where are you crabbing though?  I mean, what state...etc...  Huh
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« Reply #8 on: June 17, 2004, 02:26:13 PM »

Maryland ....

 Its a public pier between assateauge and SNow hill.

 But noones there till nooon and thats when we leave.
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« Reply #9 on: June 17, 2004, 02:26:56 PM »

o and theres a ton of crabs last week we only got 28 keepers but threw about 200 4 to 4 1/2 inchers back.
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« Reply #10 on: June 17, 2004, 02:36:10 PM »

  Yes, public piers are usually hit or miss.  Looks like you found one that produces though.  Yep, when you don't have the ability to move around to find them crabs, like in a boat, you ain't gonna catch as much...to say the least.  I guess ya gotta do what ya gotta do, and as long as the laws don't change, you will. Good Luck!!  Grin Grin Wink
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« Reply #11 on: June 17, 2004, 03:06:58 PM »

Well Trust me, we usually do well .....

 Last year only went one time without catching a bushel only problem last week was that it was outgoing tide to low high tide
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« Reply #12 on: June 17, 2004, 03:09:53 PM »

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12:38 AM EDT  High Tide
7:38 AM EDT    Low Tide
1:24 PM EDT    High Tide
7:25 PM EDT    Low Tide

 Incoming tide is low to high or high to low ?
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« Reply #13 on: June 17, 2004, 03:15:20 PM »

 Low to high...water is rising... Grin Wink
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« Reply #14 on: June 17, 2004, 03:34:07 PM »

Sweet then the above is the tide chart.

 We get there at 5 and leave around 11 or 12 so we should hit incoming tide right on the nose
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« Reply #15 on: June 17, 2004, 03:42:45 PM »

 You'll catch the end of the first outgoing tide, then have a slack tide (@ low tide when water isn't moving), then catch the beginning of the incoming (high) tide.  Good Luck!!!  Grin Wink
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« Reply #16 on: June 17, 2004, 10:15:36 PM »

We are spoiled Madcrab, even the 6 1/2's are starting to look small to me. Cool Cool Cool
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« Reply #17 on: June 18, 2004, 09:04:31 AM »

^ If only they were that big everywhere Tongue
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« Reply #18 on: June 18, 2004, 09:13:31 AM »

They use to be Fruitlander, NY and NJ, but now my age is showing??? Grin
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« Reply #19 on: June 18, 2004, 10:32:29 AM »

talking just like my dad lol

 Him and my grandpa used to go crabbing by a dam, they had to walk a mile to get there and would get 2 bushels of 7 inchers in about 4 hours
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