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« Reply #20 on: April 13, 2016, 11:38:45 AM »

Jack, can a recreational crabber crab on Sunday ?
Yes.  24/7/365 with handles (which includes collapsible traps).  One exception is if you have a 5 crab pot gear license.  You can not fish the pots on Sunday if you do.
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« Reply #21 on: April 13, 2016, 03:35:17 PM »

So for the last few years I have paid the fee to use 300ft trotline (on my Sea Doo jet ski), have not been real successful, maybe 2-3dozen crabs, if I read right I have to report my cache??? Jack any advise, Thank's in Advance.
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« Reply #22 on: April 14, 2016, 09:26:10 AM »

So for the last few years I have paid the fee to use 300ft trotline (on my Sea Doo jet ski), have not been real successful, maybe 2-3dozen crabs, if I read right I have to report my cacheHuh Jack any advise, Thank's in Advance.
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4VAC20-670-50. Reporting requirements.

Any person using recreational gear, other than recreational fish cast net, recreational fish dip net or recreational eel pot, described in 4 VAC 20-670-20 shall report annually, on forms provided by the commission, the weight and species harvested, location of harvest, days fished, and amount of gear used.
http://www.mrc.state.va.us/forms/recform.pdf
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« Reply #23 on: August 04, 2016, 10:19:57 PM »

Jack,

Am I reading this right?  I'm from MD but if I want, I can drop 2 crab pots (commercial types), without a license, in the water for personal use?  I didn't see any restriction saying it was for residents only.  

I'm also confused about the annual licenses.. it says Rec crab pound or trap.. do I need this $10 license?  If so, what types of trap does it cover?

Last question .. at least for now ... is the crabbing really that good that a 300ft trotline will do?
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« Reply #24 on: August 05, 2016, 09:02:11 AM »

Jack,

Am I reading this right?  I'm from MD but if I want, I can drop 2 crab pots (commercial types), without a license, in the water for personal use?  I didn't see any restriction saying it was for residents only. 

Yes your are reading it correctly.  2 pots/person.  If you have 4 people in your party you could use 8 pots. They must be with you when you fish them.  If you want to buy a couple, I sell them all fixed up and ready to fish. 40 bucks each.


I'm also confused about the annual licenses.. it says Rec crab pound or trap.. do I need this $10 license?  If so, what types of trap does it cover?

a pound/trap is a semi-permentate structure built on the shore line. it's a crab fyke net. -> https://www.bluecrab.info/crabbing/softcrabs.html

To answer your last question, I have never seen a 'local' use a trotline down here.  Why would one when you can just drop a couple pots. :-)

The pic is a "crab trap / pound'.
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« Reply #25 on: August 05, 2016, 07:03:55 PM »

To answer your last question, I have never seen a 'local' use a trotline down here.  Why would one when you can just drop a couple pots. :-)

Is the crabbing really that good down there that you can catch a bushel of crabs with a couple of pots in a few hours or less?  Back in the 80's I remember catching a bushel with 6 to 10 handlines, off piers, in about 4 hours... Those days have been long gone up here in MD.

I haven't been crabbing for years, but when I use to crab a lot, trotlines produced way quicker than pots ever could and takes up much less space to transport and use.

BTW, a friend of mine has a LCC, which he uses for personal use and a couple weeks ago, he put out 10 or 12 pots (can't remember the exact #, but it was double digits) overnight and got a whopping total of 4 crabs in the upper bay.
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« Reply #26 on: August 05, 2016, 09:08:47 PM »

Is the crabbing really that good down there that you can catch a bushel of crabs with a couple of pots in a few hours or less? 
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