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« Reply #20 on: March 10, 2014, 12:09:24 PM »







Look at the crazy mess going on in Maryland....Better not ask for  change if you like your crabbing...Banning sooks to Recs and strict limits for the commercial sector IS NOT working for Maryland...I'm not sure more restrictions work in the Crabbing business...It only adds more enforcement jobs...JMO

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« Reply #21 on: March 12, 2014, 04:16:16 PM »

For me a female ban of some sort wouldn't matter because I try not to take any females if I can help it.  Last year I think I took two, only because I was driving and my trap puller wasn't paying attention to the claw color.
I never take the females either, always letting em go. 
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« Reply #22 on: March 14, 2014, 03:19:27 PM »

I agree that it should be 5 but I believe there should be different standards like MD has.  Times of the year.  Female vs male standards, etc..
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« Reply #23 on: March 15, 2014, 10:40:30 AM »

This won't matter.  You'll still have knuckle-heads that keep anything and everything they pull from the water if only because they know its an extreme longshot that they'll be caught.  Until the state is ready to legitimately enforce its policies on recreational fishing, this is just an exercise in futility.
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« Reply #24 on: March 24, 2014, 09:10:13 AM »

I've had no female and five inch minimums for years. On good days the minimum might jump to five and a half. Just my personal preferences, not trying to criticize otherwise law abiding crabbers. It just never seemed worth it to clean those little guys. Might as well give 'em a little more time.
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« Reply #25 on: June 06, 2014, 10:33:25 AM »

I hope they do not make it 5" limit. The few times I actually caught crabs a few years ago they just made the 4 1/2" minimum. Most I ever caught was 10 at one time. Most times it's less than a handful and end up just putting them back. I do not eat crabs, I just like catching them. But the family and friends eat them so I need to get at least 10 or so to make it worth while to keep.
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« Reply #26 on: June 06, 2014, 11:18:27 AM »

It won't happen this year and hasn't been discussed since.
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« Reply #27 on: July 03, 2014, 11:09:11 AM »

I wouldn't mind a 5 inch limit. Who wants to pick a 4.5-incher anyway?

BTW, I am surprised nobody has ever thought of legislation banning the harvest of she-crabs. Shouldn't that be obvious? I have caught quite a few immature females of legal size.
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« Reply #28 on: July 03, 2014, 01:30:21 PM »

I wouldn't mind a 5 inch limit. Who wants to pick a 4.5-incher anyway?

BTW, I am surprised nobody has ever thought of legislation banning the harvest of she-crabs. Shouldn't that be obvious? I have caught quite a few immature females of legal size.

It's thought of all the time, but no one acts on it.   
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« Reply #29 on: July 04, 2014, 01:13:37 PM »

I wouldn't mind a 5 inch limit. Who wants to pick a 4.5-incher anyway?

BTW, I am surprised nobody has ever thought of legislation banning the harvest of she-crabs. Shouldn't that be obvious? I have caught quite a few immature females of legal size.
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« Reply #30 on: August 06, 2014, 11:37:23 PM »

We have gone crabbing 6 times in 2 months. From 7 Bridges to Mantoloking. Spent roughly 5 to 6 hours each time. Have caught 19 keepers and thrown back hundreds. Had maybe a couple dozen females.

Go ahead and make it 5 or even 5.5" Doesn't really matter when people are already sepending hours and thinking a dozen 4.5" crabs is a good days catch.

When I was a kid my dad, and grandfather, would wake me at some horrible hour to drive an hour to 7 Bridges to rent a row boat. In 4 hours we came back with bushels of nice size crabs. Now recreational crabbing is something to amuse the kids.
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« Reply #31 on: August 07, 2014, 07:58:31 AM »

controlling it is still key.  I decided to take a walk on the crab piers yesterday and saw a lot of people with undersized crabs in their coolers. 
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« Reply #32 on: August 07, 2014, 07:24:15 PM »

Every time I go to Mantoloking it's not unusual you see people taking undersize.
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« Reply #33 on: June 30, 2015, 06:29:11 PM »

As with most laws we don't need new ones until we enforce the ones we already have. We all know undersized crabs are being taken. All fish and game has to do is stop by the popular locations and start handing out tickets. That said I am OK with a 5" limit, it's my personal limit. Just my 2 cents.
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« Reply #34 on: June 30, 2015, 06:54:40 PM »

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« Reply #35 on: June 30, 2015, 08:25:31 PM »

That used too be our minimum back in the days when we crabbed the Hackensack River or the Shewsbury. RELFLUKE
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« Reply #36 on: July 01, 2015, 07:47:02 AM »

There's been zero movement on this front by the state.
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