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« Reply #20 on: January 15, 2020, 08:39:26 AM »

" D "

 You are wasting your time with someone who only wants to " FILL HIS BASKETS "  no matter what ! Just read his posts this is all that he wants " FULL BASKETS "  ! Male crabs or Female Crabs it makes no difference to him " JUST FILL THEM BASKETS " . You should be thankful that all recs are not like he is a few dozen crabs is alright with me as long as I have some crabs to eat, I do not need two bushels of crabs every time that I go crabbing like some recs do. Save some for another day !     " HOW MANY IS ENOUGH ? "

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You must not read my posts as you say you do, otherwise you would know that we actually stop when we get to a certain number of crabs, not certain "bushel amounts". Usually when we get to 100-105 crabs we call it a day, regardless of how much room is still in the baskets. We only get out once a week, and some weeks, not at all. That amount seems to be just enough to get us to the next trip. If we have other people join us on the boat who will be taking crabs, or have a party coming up, then yes, that week we will try to fill our baskets if we can. I'm not the guy on here keeping a running tally of my bushel counts each week, trying to break personal records from previous years, but rather I keep what I know we are going to eat that week.
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« Reply #21 on: January 15, 2020, 09:34:52 AM »

REALLY?Huh

Would you want every jackpot selling himself as a sheet rock specialist?

There has to be regulation or the breed would have been decimated many years ago.  In fact, in my opinion, the fees for a rec lic needs to be increased.  My license went up 800% a few years back while my costs increased also but the price of the product has either stayed the same or decreased in some years.  Meanwhile a rec can crab 6 days a week catching a bushel a day for $5/$10 a year and for the meniscal fee it has been proven that some recs do sell their catch

If you don't believe me about being decimated, do a little research on the "Oyster Wars of the Chesapeake Bay"

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You are correct. But just for the record, every jackpot DOES think he can do his own drywall, then ends up calling me in to fix it. LOL.
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« Reply #22 on: January 15, 2020, 11:52:34 AM »

It's ok Bob

Sometimes you have to put your opinion out there and it may hit home to someone.  Smiley

I never had a clue about the Oyster Wars until about 10 or so years ago.  I found it very interesting with the turn of events and how the northern states wiped out the oyster stock and then came to the Chesapeake Bay and started pillaging our bay.  Do a research on Oyster war of the Chesapeake or the oyster pirates of the Chesapeake.

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/oyster-pirates-of-chesapeake-bay


THANK YOU VERY MUCH " D "

  That was a very good read, I had no idea that there were oyster wars however I did know of the Skip Jacks that were used by Maryland Water men to harvest oysters while under sail and the long handled tongs that were also used. I want you to know that I have the utmost respect for the water men that make their living from the bay. Some people just don't understand the hard work that is involved in working the water for their living. Long hours and little pay in all kinds of weather all year long. Just the upkeep on their vessels and the expensive equipment alone must be mind boggling. I am glad to have known some of you hard working water men, youn's deserve better in my opinion a whole lot better !

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« Reply #23 on: January 16, 2020, 06:55:01 PM »

Some of you guys singing the "I throw the females back" song missed the point of the article.  The females are there, but they're sperm-deleted.  They're having trouble making more crabs.  And why do you think that is?  Because every swinging dick with a chicken neck and a boat is targeting males... it's not that hard to see the choice of mates for the females is less.  That's why you hear crabbers talking about the puny 5" males doubled up with females.   This is also why you cannot successfully manage a species of anything by only managing one sex of it.

If you shoot all the bucks, what happens to all the does?


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« Reply #24 on: January 17, 2020, 06:55:35 AM »

Every doubler I got in 2019 had a monster Jimmy.  Should I throw back the buck and keep the sook?  I'm uncertain.  I didn't experience what was reported by others with 5" jimmy bucks.  But what I did experience was an incredible number of juvenile males which were consistent with the 2019 dredge.  So, I have a hunch that the increases in male counts will be realized this coming harvest - 2020.  I'm gearing  up and hoping you all have a great season. 

Crabby Mike       
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