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« on: February 23, 2016, 05:48:48 PM »

Hey gang,
I was crabbing in Dec and was still catching crabs when the water temperature was at 54%. I was wondering what everyone's thoughts were as far as what the water temperature needs to be at before we can start catching crabs again this spring? I have the itch and can't wait to get started.
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« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2016, 10:37:07 AM »

Click on the little blue crab at the bottom of the page.  From the "Environment" section:

"When air temperatures drop below 50F (10C), adult crabs leave shallow, inshore waters and seek deeper areas where they bury themselves and remain in a state of torpor throughout the winter. Blue crab growth is regulated by water temperature. Growth occurs when water temperatures are above 59F (15C)."
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Oh, de crab, he taste so fine.
Yuh catch 'um wid a neck an' a line.
Bile de water 'til 'e good 'n hot.
Den eat de crab strait from 'de pot.

Oh, de beer, he taste so chilly.
Drinks it 'til I gets too silly.
Washin' down 'de crab an' butter.
If I doesn't fall down, I'll 'ave anudder.
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« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2016, 12:44:39 PM »

The Indian River is one of the earliest spots in the Mid-Atlantic region that the crabs start to run.    Sometimes as early as March...
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« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2016, 01:25:23 PM »

Thanks crewstation for the info. Are you saying in a nutshell that the water temp needs to hit at least 59 before the crabs start running?

Thanks Ron. I plan on keeping an eye out for the water temps in that area.
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« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2016, 02:40:33 PM »

Thanks crewstation for the info. Are you saying in a nutshell that the water temp needs to hit at least 59 before the crabs start running?

Thanks Ron. I plan on keeping an eye out for the water temps in that area.

Like most everything else, 59 degrees isn't an absolute.  As soon as it gets even close to that, I'll hit the water and look for possible warm spots and figure they may not be running, but there might be a few leaving the mud for a couple minutes to stretch their legs.  If the air temps are 65 degrees, and the water's only 55, sometimes you can find a few. 
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Oh, de crab, he taste so fine.
Yuh catch 'um wid a neck an' a line.
Bile de water 'til 'e good 'n hot.
Den eat de crab strait from 'de pot.

Oh, de beer, he taste so chilly.
Drinks it 'til I gets too silly.
Washin' down 'de crab an' butter.
If I doesn't fall down, I'll 'ave anudder.

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« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2016, 10:54:19 PM »

That is the one thing I noticed when I went crabbing last December. I remember the crabs we caught in the first two hours were probably pretty much ones that hadn't went into the mud at all yet. The funny thing is we started catching crabs after the first two hours that were coming back out of the mud. We were glad they came out to stretch their legs and eat some chicken before landing in the basket.
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« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2016, 11:59:38 AM »

Are you saying in a nutshell that the water temp needs to hit at least 59 before the crabs start running?

I look for a lower kick off temperature than 59...
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