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« on: August 19, 2012, 05:43:50 PM »

Took most of the day (6-2) but managed a bushel.  Caught about 1/2 bus on the incoming.  More 2s then 1s but they are (were) packed with meat.  Wasn't sure or the rules for soft shells on the Chesapeake but netted 3 female whalers floating on the surface and put them back.
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« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2012, 05:48:51 PM »

Nice report and catch
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« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2012, 05:57:05 PM »

They were soft floating on the surface?
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« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2012, 06:30:44 PM »

You can keep female soft crabs in MD over 3.5 inches.
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« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2012, 07:27:07 PM »

You can keep female soft crabs in MD over 3.5 inches.
You may want to check the regs but I think recs are not allowed any females .I think you even have to have a reciept from where you buy female peelers for bait on the boat

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« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2012, 07:28:50 PM »

Hey nice catch. Where did u put out. I'm on call and can't get back out till fri. I heard there picking up in the Chester
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« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2012, 07:39:36 PM »

You may want to check the regs but I think recs are not allowed any females .I think you even have to have a reciept from where you buy female peelers for bait on the boat

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soft sooks are perfectly legal in ALL MD waters ...for RECS and comms  Wink
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« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2012, 02:41:53 PM »

Baltiland style, filet and release.
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« Reply #8 on: August 21, 2012, 09:56:25 AM »

talked to dnr at ensp ramp and was told that recs are not allowed to possess any female crabs period the book is misleading!
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« Reply #9 on: August 21, 2012, 11:25:40 AM »

All I see in the regulations for recreational crabbing is FEMALE HARVEST PROHIBITED.  Is there a section in comar that I am missing that states recs can harvest female soft crabs?  Thanks in advance, Jim E.  Never mind I see it....  Except soft crabs



The current license structure and fees are:
$5 for a resident
$10 for a non-resident
$15 Resident Recreational Crabbing Boat
$2 with an Adjoining Sportfishing License
The $50 Chesapeake Bay Sport Fishing Decal is NOT valid as a Recreational Crabbing Boat License (though the purchaser of this decal is given one complimentary individual recreational crabbing license).
Female Harvest is prohibited except soft crabs.
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« Reply #10 on: August 21, 2012, 12:00:29 PM »

good catch were at in the chester Huh
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« Reply #11 on: August 21, 2012, 05:02:35 PM »

My son corrected me.  2 were maybe 6 inches from the surface swimming like they were almost dead.  The third we caught on the trot line.  It was upside down underneath the big buck crab that was eating on the chicken neck.  I put in at Rolfs and made a left.  One thing to note about Rolfs, I thought i read a post saying the ramp fee was $20.  Maybe it was Sunday sale day but the guy on the cart only asked for $15.
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« Reply #12 on: August 22, 2012, 09:25:17 AM »

I wish DNR would write the reg's in plain English so we could understand them.
Looks like rec's are allowed to keep female softs. Darn, I've thrown 'em back!
The link to the reg's follows - it's confusing.
http://dnr.maryland.gov/fisheries/regulations/regindex.asp?page=bluecrab
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« Reply #13 on: August 22, 2012, 12:46:31 PM »

If DNR wrote the rules in good old common sense words ,,they would only make about half as much money off us Crabbers LOL
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« Reply #14 on: August 22, 2012, 02:05:50 PM »

Rec's can have up to 2 dozen softcrabs (male or female) greater than 3.5" - Yum!

That 2 dozen is really a total haul number for peelers and softies however a rec'y cannot have any female peeler
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« Reply #15 on: August 22, 2012, 03:43:00 PM »

Does anyone know if Rolph's Wharf on the Chester river rents boats?
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« Reply #16 on: August 22, 2012, 09:05:03 PM »

Does anyone know if Rolph's Wharf on the Chester river rents boats?
Their site says boat rentals are available full and half days. call for details
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« Reply #17 on: August 23, 2012, 07:38:14 PM »

In a puplication " the Maryland natural resource " it clearly states: In Maryland, these regulations prohibited the recreational harvest of female hard crabs and female peelers etc etc. The article is two pages long and talks about population, management  and a sustainable future, good read for any blue crab freak Smiley
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