You can get a license for the boat which we apply on our dinghy. This enables us to put out about 18 pots or so. We use these collapseable pots called "dip pots" i believe. Alternatively you can put out a trot line which is a long line with bait attached to it every so many feet. You install a guide on the boat and the line runs over the guide. When the crabs grab ahold of the bait you scoop them up with a net as they come out of the water as you travel down the line. We find chicken necks being easy and effective. Line can easily and tightly be tied around them making it difficult for the bait to be "stolen." it's best to fish the shallower waters, say 9' or less. We just returned from the Wye River where we fished for crabs and got a bushel of really large, meaty crabs that were cooked to perfection by my wife. Crabbing can be fun but it also can be tedious. Have fun!
You must get a license to crab in MD. They are available to anyone living in or outside of the state. The boat license is $15 for the year and the individual is less. The individual is for crabbing from piers or docks.
Sailing out of Rock Creek, Chesapeake Bay
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