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« on: July 12, 2012, 01:19:34 PM »

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I've been crabbing in Ocean City, MD in the Assawoman Bay for years, and like to run a trotline along with traps.  Does anyone in South Jersey use a Trotline?  What is the longest you can use as a recreational crabber?

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« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2012, 01:21:50 PM »

Two lines maximum.   Each line may be no longer than 150 linear feet.   No more than 25 baits per line.

As a result, few people use them...
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« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2012, 09:27:22 PM »

I had seen Capt Moose  makes his smallest line 300 feet  can you use 1  300 ft line with a bouy in the middle to make it 150 on each side or does it have to be 150 each and seprate
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« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2012, 08:21:47 AM »

If they are connected, they are one line.   CaptMoose will make 150 ft Jersey lines if you ask.   I have two of them.
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« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2012, 05:54:49 PM »

Im reading the recreational crab pots and trot lines link you provided and it states only 1 trot line of a 150 max.  Can you tell where it says 2   I dont want to break any laws

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« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2012, 06:18:24 PM »

You are interpreting it incorrectly.   It describes the maximum length per trotline, it doesn't indicate that you may only use one trotline.

Page 18 of the NJ Fish and Wildlife 2012 Marine issue details the maximum is two trotlines if you have the recreational crab pot license.    The regs have been the same for years.

http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/pdf/2012/digmar12-21.pdf
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« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2012, 07:23:17 PM »

OK THANKS    1 more ques   does it pay to even use a trot line   Im down the great bay area
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« Reply #7 on: July 28, 2012, 07:30:58 PM »

50 baits over two 150 linear foot areas will attract crabs.   I personally prefer to run traps though.
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