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AK, yes.. I don't like being up north on the Bay. The "boom" gets pretty excessive at times too. I don't know how people that live up that way can stand it.. year after year.

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From the DNR site.
Maryland Fishing Regulations | Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Service

A license is NOT required of an individual who uses only the following gear and takes the following quantity of crabs:
■10 or fewer traps and rings
■dipnets
■handlines
■No more than 2 dozen hard crabs
■No more than 1 dozen soft crabs or peelers

For the ocational crabber, a dipnet on pilings is often the best bet. My kid generally goes out and collects dinner that way. Handlines are best at anchor, but don't bet on gettinmg enough to eat off an anchored boat. Maybe.



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1. You must get a crabbing permit.
2. Must use trot line no more than 600 ft.
3. No crab pot unless your are property owner
4. Get up early before dawn when crab is feeding. After sun goes up, the crabs will release the bait long before you have a chance to net them.
5. Some spots are better than other. No one will give away their spot. Hints. Go where the most the watermen go,
6. Marina? No crabs.
7. I used to fetch 1 bushel in two hr from 5:30 am to 7:30 am.
Not quite true...you may obtain a recreational boat fishing permit ($50 per year) anf you are permitted to take one bushel of crabs a day. I think you are permitted to use a pot, but I am not positive on this.

I suggest all to read Beautiful Swimmers, Crabs, Watermen and the Chesapeake Bay. It is an excellent look at crabs and crabbing.

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[QUOTE=pdqaltair;748476]From the DNR site.
Maryland Fishing Regulations | Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Service

A license is NOT required of an individual who uses only the following gear and takes the following quantity of crabs:
■10 or fewer traps and rings
■dipnets
■handlines
■No more than 2 dozen hard crabs
■No more than 1 dozen soft crabs or peelers

PDQaltair is correct. NO LICENSE REQUIRED if you only take 2 dozen crabs. That is for resident and non-resident alike.
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From a friend at the Maryland DNR fisheries Service...

"Crabmeat – Everybody says that Maryland crabmeat tastes the best, but do you know why? The Maryland blue crab, unlike that of Asian or Venezuela, has to build up fat reserves to hibernate through the winter. The imported crabs do not, and therefore lack the flavor of our native product. If you haven’t tasted MD crabmeat before order some and find out why it is worth the extra price. Speaking of prices, the best time to run MD crabmeat is from September – October because that is when the crabs are making their migration back down to the lower bay."

In addition, he advocates strongly that we eat female crabs. I was always brought up with the idea that you throw the females back, apparently thats not true.


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In addition, he advocates strongly that we eat female crabs. I was always brought up with the idea that you throw the females back, apparently that's not true.
That may be true, but it is illegal. You cannot take female crabs, and the DNR does hand out tickets for that.

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Rules change every year in MD. so read up if you are ready to get crabs to feed family and friends. I haven't done for awhile so some of new rules are new to. It is apparent that females can be harvested. but in the NJ side, it is still yes.

DNR does enforce the rules. You will get caught, so it is not worth it not play by the rules.

Here is a copy of DNR of MD.
Maryland Fishing Regulations | Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Service

Recreational Crabbing Summary for the Chesapeake Bay & Tributaries
FEMALE HARVEST IS PROHIBITED
SEASON: April 1 - December 15

The current license structure and fees are:
$5 for a resident
$10 for a non-resident
$15 Resident Recreational Crabbing Boat
The $50 Chesapeake Bay Sport Fishing Decal is NOT valid as a Recreational Crabbing Boat License (though the puchaser of this decal is given one complimentary individual recreational crabbing license).
Female Harvest is prohibited execept soft crabs.
Closed Wednesdays - except handlines and dip nets or pots at private piers
Recreational crabbers may set recreational crabbing gear and crab from boats:
during Apr, Oct, Nov and Dec
between 1/2 hour after sunrise to 5:00 PM main Bay
between 1/2 hour after sunrise to sunset in tributaries
during May, Jun, Jul, Aug and Sept
between 1/2 hour before sunrise to 5:00PM in the main Bay
between 1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset in the tributaries of the Bay

Recreational crabbers may not set recreational crabbing gear and crab from boats on Wednesdays except handlines, dip nets and pots at private piers.

Recreational crabbers may not set a trotline, traps/rings within 100 feet of a trotline.

Minimum Size (No minimum size for mature females):
APRIL 1 - JULY 14

JULY 15 - DECEMBER 15
5 " Male Hard

5 1/4" Male Hard
3 1/4" Male Peeler

3 1/2" Male Peeler

The minimum size for soft crab is 3 1/2 inches during the entire season.

INDIVIDUAL CRABBING
A license is required of an individual who uses the following gear or takes the following quantity of crabs:
Trotline (1200 feet of baited line maximum allowed) floats must be the same size, color and shape
11 to 30 traps or rings
Up to 10 eel pots for own bait
More than 2 dozen with a limit of 1 bushel of hard crabs
More than 1 dozen with a limit of 2 dozen soft crabs or peelers
A license is NOT required of an individual who uses only the following gear and takes the following quantity of crabs:
10 or fewer traps and rings
dipnets
handlines
No more than 2 dozen hard crabs
No more than 1 dozen soft crabs or peelers
OWNER OF PRIVATE SHORELINE PROPERTY
Creel limits vary depending on whether the crabber is licensed or not - see Individual Crabbing information above.
2 crab pots from a private propoerty or pier or within 100 yds of shore and attached by line
Two cull rings required in upper chamber
One measuring at least 2 3/16"
One measuring at least 2 5/16"
Turtle Reduction Device no larger than 1 3/4" x 4 3/4"
CRABBING FROM A BOAT
A recreational crabbing boat may be licensed; however the boat license covers only ONE individual on board the vessel.
The owner of the licensed recreational crabbing boat is also issued a complementary statewide Individual Recreational Crabbing License
CRABBING GEAR
If the boat is licensed for recreational crabbing with the Recreational Crabbing Boat License or at least one person in the boat possesses an individual recreational crabbing license:
1200 feet of trotline (baited portion)
Maximum 30 crab traps or rings
Handlines
Dipnets
CATCH LIMITS FOR A LICENSED BOAT:
Without any persons in the licensed boat who also possess an Individual Recreational Crabbing License;
1 bushel of hard crabs
2 dozen soft crabs or peelers
Owner of the licensed boat in the boat with unlicensed crabbers;
1 bushel of hard crabs
2 dozen soft crabs or peelers
Two or more individuals are on a boat and one individual is licensed (not the boat owner);
2 bushels of hard crabs
2 dozen soft crabs or peelers
If 2 or more licensed persons are in the licensed boat;
2 bushels of hard crabs
2 dozen soft crabs or peelers
CATCH LIMITS FOR AN UNLICENSED BOAT:
Without any licensed persons in the unlicensed boat;
4 dozen hard crabs
1 dozen soft crabs or peelers
One licensed crabber in the boat alone or with unlicensed crabbers;
1 bushel of hard crabs
2 dozen soft crabs and peelers
If 2 or more licensed persons in the unlicensed boat;
2 bushels of hard crabs
2 dozen soft crabs or peelers
Special Note: A person less than 16 years of age is exempted from needing a license but, unless they purchase a crabbing license, they are restricted to the same limits as an unlicensed crabber.
* Fisheries Service Regulatory Clarification Notice on Crab Bushel Limits

A person who buys a Recreational Crab Boat License receives a boat decal and a complimentary, portable recreational crabbing license that they may carry with them. The person may take their license with them and crab from shore or on another boat or, obviously, they may simply crab off the boat which has their license decal affixed to it. In each of these instances, the license can be used to catch one bushel. The person may NOT allow other individuals to use their boat with the affixed decal to catch a bushel at the same time that they are using their complimentary, portable license to catch a bushel at a different location. The boat decal and the portable license count as a single license for one person. With this single license, a person is allowed one bushel.

The second misinterpretation is that the complimentary, portable license of the boat owner counts as one licensed crabber and other unlicensed crabbers on board are covered by the boat license decal and therefore, the boat is allowed two bushels. This is not correct. Persons aboard a boat with a decal cannot catch two bushels from this boat, UNLESS other individuals on board, in addition to the boat owner, have a recreational crabbing license issued to them.

Even if there are more than two recreationally licensed crabbers on board any boat, there cannot be more than two bushels on board at any one time.

Summary:
1 Boat Decal (including the complimentary portable license that comes with the decal) = 1 Crabbing License
1 Boat Decal = 1 Bushel of Crabs
1 Boat Decal + 1 Additional Recreational License = 2 Bushels of Crabs
1 Boat Decal + any additional number of recreational licenses still = 2 bushels


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