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« on: June 17, 2020, 06:06:01 PM »

The MD DNR site says that regarding female crabs,  "no minimum size limit".

Acknowledging that we would never keep sponge crabs, or eggers as I understand it, are we as recreational crabbers with a crabbing boat license allowed to keep females,  or sooks as I've seen them called?

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« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2020, 06:14:02 PM »

One word you forgot is mature.  And yes, you are allowed to keep any size mature female.
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« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2020, 06:17:27 PM »

Not many sooks under 5"
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« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2020, 06:27:39 PM »

Guess I threw back about 10 keepers I could have kept the other day, but that's OK I guess.

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« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2020, 06:31:47 PM »

BLUE CRABS—ATLANTIC OCEAN, COASTAL BAYS AND TRIBUTARIES.  Mature female crabs "SOOK" —no minimum size to keep. In Ocean City Bay last summer i found alot of mature female crabs and most of them was small under 5", so started to get picky what crab to keep.
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« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2020, 12:34:15 PM »

Wow, I always thought females were off limits and that only commercial crabbers could keep them?  I'm still throwing them back, but good to know. 
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« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2020, 12:40:28 PM »

Wow, I always thought females were off limits and that only commercial crabbers could keep them?  I'm still throwing them back, but good to know. 
It's depends which area of Maryland you crabing.
in CHESAPEAKE BAY AND ITS TIDAL TRIBUTARIES can't keep any females.
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