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« on: April 22, 2016, 12:01:34 PM »

Kids and I are heading down to Nags Head for vacation. We're staying in a house right off of Nags Head Pier. Going to do some fishing there. I'm bringing down my 5 collapsable and two hand lines. I'd like to take the kids for some crabbing a couple days but don't know of many spots that I could hit. I'm used to trot lining with Chuck on the Wye. I just figured I mind as well get out and see what we can do. Do I need a license for small traps? Thanks guys.
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« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2016, 05:31:21 PM »

Where? I can't help you there.

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Thanks for the lead, Crabpot Man.
My email and reply from Capt. Walker follows, providing written clarification for topless (collapsible) crab pot use in NC.

NC Marine Patrol, District Three (Southern Area: Cape Carteret, New River, Cape Fear River, Wilmington to the SC line).
Capt. Jason Walker
Email: [email protected]

Hello, Jason Walker,

I would like to get accurate information on crabbing.
Per NC regulations:
"Individuals do not need a license to use collapsible crab traps so long as the largest open dimension is no larger than 18 inches and the traps are designed to collapse at all times when in the water, except when they are being retrieved from or lowered to the bottom."

Can a person legally use multiple topless (collapsible) crab traps, PLACED FROM A BOAT, in North Carolina? This would mean using floats with the traps. If permissible, is the crabber required to stay relatively close to the area, not just leave the traps and return?

Thank you for your inquiry.  You are correct about the collapsible crab traps.  The only regulation we have is the 18 inches and that they collapse into a two dimensional structure when set.  There is no limit on the number of traps nor is there an attendance requirement.  You would not be able to set them in any marked navigable channel.   You would be allowed to use floats on your traps.  The daily limit on Blue Crab is 50 per person with a minimum length of 5 inches.
Please call or reply if you have further questions.
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« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2016, 05:44:40 PM »

Thanks Crabpot Man, If anyone has any suggestions where I might take the kids to catch a few crabs I would greatly appreciate it!!! Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin
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« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2016, 07:42:20 AM »

Try the area under the high rise bridge going from Manteo to Nags Head. There is a very nice fishing pier under that bridge and plenty of parking. Should be able to crab all you like under there and also you'll be in the shade.
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« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2016, 03:52:00 PM »

There is a public pier on the sound side around the K-Mart MP 5 ish on the bypass but the water is very shallow (in all the sound). Also if staying near Nags Head Links [golf] MP 13 ish there is a pier for the community to use, same problem with low h2o, try high tide. Prior log right about the pier under bridge, tide pretty strong there (lots of boat traffic/ marina there). There are other places near mouth to ocean but only prego females there so leave them alone... Hope this helps.
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