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« on: July 17, 2020, 12:53:41 PM »

Third season crabbing.  With help from people here, feel good about trot line setup, setting and running the line, etc..  Just trying to learn more now with each trip I take.  Yesterday I crabbed in an area just south of the bay bridge where I managed to catch a couple dozen keepers in three hours with 600 ft of necks...not bad.  My question is this...I probably caught a thousand females and short crabs along the way.  Does this signal anything?  I just thought it meant there is a good crab population, but am wondering if it means the bigger crabs are near by but in cooler water, warmer water, different bottom, etc..  The water was 8th deep and 79 degrees.  Thanks!! 
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« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2020, 04:03:49 PM »



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      There is really no set of rules about Crabbing . If that were the case everybody would be able to fill a basket. Crabbing is a SEEK AND YOU WILL FIND  KIND OF SPORT !. If you think that you know everything about a crab, well I have some news for you , that guy has not been born yet and I do not see him being born anytime soon either. I will tell you this though some of the reason you are seeing all of those females is they like it where you are catching them. The reason is a simple one , Females prefer water that is saltier than a male crab does. You will find male crabs in water that has more fresh water mixed with the salt water. Some of the biggest male crabs that I have ever caught was just south of Haver De Grace Maryland in the Bush River, but bear in mind there isn't a book written that will tell you where those Big Monster Crabs are. You will have to do your homework to find them and that is not going to be an easy chore either ! GOOD LUCK TO YOU MY FRIEND .

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« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2020, 06:58:06 AM »

IMHO most of the larger males have moved north to seek waters that are less salty. Males prefer water with a 3 to 15 ppm ratio, hard to find with the lack of rain.
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« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2020, 10:59:29 AM »

I don't really understand that large males go away from the females. The number 1 thing for most animals is to reproduce. Unless immature females like the same water. I guess it keeps the large males from eating the baby crabs.
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« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2020, 09:24:01 AM »

I don't really understand that large males go away from the females. The number 1 thing for most animals is to reproduce. Unless immature females like the same water. I guess it keeps the large males from eating the baby crabs.

I was thinking the same thing when I caught 3 dozen sponges once day and no males.  Apparently crabs are not into long term commitments.
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