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« on: May 27, 2012, 08:55:13 PM »

I use a dip net of a canoe in the inland waters of southwest Florida, and I have been wondering ever since I started crabbing a few months ago why I usually catch more males rather than females. On a day where I catch 2 dozen crabs, only one or two are female. Why is it that males are more common and where are the females? Is it just like this in my waters? Will I stop asking questions?

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« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2012, 09:39:57 PM »

Don't know about Florida, but here in md the females tend to prefer deeper water for what ever reason and most of us crab in less than 10 ft.
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« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2012, 09:44:31 PM »

I heard that females are mostly found in saltier water then brackish. 
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« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2012, 09:48:20 PM »

That is also true, here on the pax you seldom see a sponge crab. But if you set your traps or line to deep during the summer you will load up with feamales.
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« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2012, 09:51:57 PM »

Just for shiz and giggles set a few in deeper than usual water and see if your female catch increases.
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« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2012, 07:54:57 AM »

Why is it that males are more common and where are the females?

It's probably the location of where you are crabbing.   
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