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07-20-2012 12:20 AM
T37SOLARE
Re: Crab Pots in Rhodes and West Rivers

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Originally Posted by miatapaul View Post
So if you snag one in the no float zone can you keep the crabs in the trap? Only seems fair.

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Yes, but only after you clear the line wrapped around your prop shaft, and that means swimming with the jellyfish....
07-19-2012 10:42 PM
miatapaul So if you snag one in the no float zone can you keep the crabs in the trap? Only seems fair.

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07-19-2012 08:25 PM
BubbleheadMd
Re: Crab Pots in Rhodes and West Rivers

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Originally Posted by lancelot9898 View Post
Thanks Rich. Good to hear that the float free channel is still there as in the past.
I live on the Rhode. The float free channel certainly exists, but the crabbers aren't exactly precise about adhering to it.

If you arrive during the day, you'll have no problems. If you arrive after dark, have someone on the bow with a sun-gun to spot for you.
07-16-2012 01:17 PM
lancelot9898
Re: Crab Pots in Rhodes and West Rivers

Thanks Rich. Good to hear that the float free channel is still there as in the past.
07-16-2012 01:42 AM
RichH
Re: Crab Pots in Rhodes and West Rivers

I just passed through the entrance to the West River two days ago. The crab pots are just showing up in force. The good news is that the 'float free' zone for the channel is apparently in effect and with DNR floating markers in place.

The real good news is almost the entire MD portion of the Bay is absolutely 'swimming' with migrating small/teeny crabs. The early predictions of a very good crab harvest seem to becoming correct ..... yum.
07-15-2012 07:42 AM
PalmettoSailor
Re: Crab Pots in Rhodes and West Rivers

I was up in Rhode River early this season and don't remember the crab pots being any more a problem there than anywhere else. Things could easily have changed since I was there though.
07-14-2012 07:53 PM
Brent Swain
Re: Crab Pots in Rhodes and West Rivers

Put a line cutter on your prop shaft, and forget about the crab pots.
07-14-2012 05:33 PM
lancelot9898
Re: Crab Pots in Rhodes and West Rivers

There use to be a crab free channel so it made getting into that Rhode river anchorage a little easier, especially at night.
07-14-2012 05:10 PM
CalebD
Re: Crab Pots in Rhodes and West Rivers

I would count on it.
We got a crab pot mooring stuck on the rudder of my friends H26 right there not too long ago.
07-14-2012 03:20 PM
lancelot9898
Crab Pots in Rhodes and West Rivers

It's been several years since anchoring in the Rhode River. Are the crab pots out in force as you approach the West and Rhode River?

 
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