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« on: May 16, 2013, 07:57:43 AM »

I put the boat in yesterday; it stays at a friend's place in Avalon.  The area near the slip is shallow.  What is normally a mucky bottom was blanketed in a thick carpet of algae or seaweed.  I tossed two pots in in deeper water (water temp reading said 62.4), but I think the algae may kill the back bay crabbing in the shallows.  I have never seen this in NJ - in NC where I grew up, yes and in the Keys where the water is always hot, yes; but never here.
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« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2013, 08:07:36 AM »

I haven't noticed a significant difference/increase here in Somers Point.
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« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2013, 08:12:31 AM »

Ron - just so you know, those pots you sold me have yet to catch a single crab.....however, they were sitting in the driveway.   Grin
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« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2013, 11:08:05 AM »

I put the boat in yesterday; it stays at a friend's place in Avalon.  The area near the slip is shallow.  What is normally a mucky bottom was blanketed in a thick carpet of algae or seaweed.  I tossed two pots in in deeper water (water temp reading said 62.4), but I think the algae may kill the back bay crabbing in the shallows.  I have never seen this in NJ - in NC where I grew up, yes and in the Keys where the water is always hot, yes; but never here.
  Went crabbing last week  great bay area  ran into sheets of the ugly brown seaweed  Hard to pull trap back up (well that what Jerry was telling me) That I never had seen in that area
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« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2013, 11:32:47 AM »

Ron - just so you know, those pots you sold me have yet to catch a single crab.....however, they were sitting in the driveway.   Grin

I would appear that you aren't setting them at the proper depth.    Wink
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« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2013, 06:39:05 PM »

I am wondering if the way Sandy built up sand bars on the inlets has affected tidal flushing.  By the way, the two pots I threw in had 4 shorts in them (3 in the one in 3 ft of water; 1 in the one in 7-8 ft) today after a three tide soak.  I just could not help myself and had to check.  Turkey neck in one, gizzards and giblets in the other (leftovers from the ShopRite free turkey we had on Sunday).
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« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2013, 07:56:35 PM »

yeah I noticed... some of the back creeks where I'm settin minnie pots are loaded with green snotgrass, and I'm way up in the brackish by the woodline. Didn't see any of it last year and it makes a minnie pot 20 lbs heavier than it should be! Angry
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« Reply #7 on: May 29, 2013, 12:37:29 AM »

Did Navesink Friday 5/25.  Lots of green  cabbage getting caught up in traps.  
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« Reply #8 on: May 29, 2013, 02:11:40 AM »

might be coincidence but with all the recent rain - that run-off from the nicely manicured lawns could be putting a lot of nitrate in the water - which fuels algae growth.

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« Reply #9 on: May 29, 2013, 05:04:51 PM »

that does make sense Hawk maybe thats the cause
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« Reply #10 on: May 31, 2013, 06:19:45 AM »

Absecon Creek water was clear of seaweed and no noticeable increase in algae.
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