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#16 stryperStalker

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Posted May 13 2008 - 7:54 AM

Over the last two years I have noticed more and more blue crabs on the south shore of the cape. Rarely see live ones because I'm not crabbing, but I do see plenty of dead ones washed up along the shores of inlets, small bridges, etc. I don't know if the water temp has warmed up from previous years, or if they are adjusting to colder waters, but I do seem them every now and again.


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Posted May 13 2008 - 11:13 AM

I picked up a non-commercial lobster permit (recreational) and found that you can harvet crabs as well with the permit. The permit cost $40.00, and if I can load up on crab this year, it will be worth it

I'll have to load up on "Old Bay" seasoning!


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Posted May 13 2008 - 12:54 PM

I just came back from a week in South Carolina. Ate a half bushel of crabs over the course of 24 hours. They were delicious. Steamed with corona and old bay. Good to know that they are combined with the lobster permit. I may have to look into that myself.


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Posted May 13 2008 - 1:02 PM

I picked up a non-commercial lobster permit (recreational) and found that you can harvet crabs as well with the permit. The permit cost $40.00, and if I can load up on crab this year, it will be worth it

I'll have to load up on "Old Bay" seasoning!


Same here. Went crabbing/lobstering last night too. Worst night of the year so far. I didn't see one lobster. Water clarity was terrible and the low tide was amazingly high and lasted like 10 mins, or so it seemed. Usually I can pick up 3 or 4 good sized lobsters around low tide with herring in a chum bag and a net (I don't feel like shelling out $100+ for a pot). Did get about 30 or so good sized greens though. Not bad for 2 hours


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#20 Steve in Mass

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Posted May 13 2008 - 1:31 PM

I picked up a non-commercial lobster permit (recreational) and found that you can harvet crabs as well with the permit. The permit cost $40.00, and if I can load up on crab this year, it will be worth it



I'll have to load up on "Old Bay" seasoning!



Um, wait a second.....unless I missed something, since when did rec's need a permit to harvest crabs? Lobster I knew about, but crabs?


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Posted May 13 2008 - 1:39 PM

"egg bearers cannot be taken; 50 crabs/day; no permit required unless using traps; closed season is 1/1 - 4/30, inclusive" per the mass reg's website


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Posted May 13 2008 - 1:51 PM

" no permit required unless using traps;





Okay, perhaps that is what the others were referring to.....



Now, the question is, do they mean traps as in pots, or are the collapsible crab traps like we always used to use in Jersey (ya throw them out, the sides collapse, and ya pull them every few minutes) included in "traps"?



(Not that I use them anymore, or even fish for crabs up here.)


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Posted May 13 2008 - 1:53 PM

Usually I can pick up 3 or 4 good sized lobsters around low tide with herring in a chum bag and a net (I don't feel like shelling out $100+ for a pot).


Are you doing this from a boat, or do you simply wade out during low tide and stand around a chum bag until they arrive? It must be shallow if you're using a net, so I'm guessing you're not using a boat?


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Posted May 13 2008 - 1:55 PM

And I hope he is using sea herring as opposed to river herring, which we ALL know is a no-no.........


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Posted May 13 2008 - 2:23 PM

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Posted May 13 2008 - 2:47 PM

Steve, that is a good question, brings back memories of fishing down in Seaside Park NJ as a kid with those type of crab traps. I would imagine it means pots, but interpretation might differ from person to person.


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Posted May 13 2008 - 3:15 PM

We like the rock crabs. This is the first year I've seen the green crabs.
So aside from Weld's Square in New Bedford, any other nice places to catch them?
I went out last Sunday to the public pier in Beverly next to the closed down McDonalds. Caught a few green crabs - they didn't taste very good. I'm using collapsing traps as well as a couple pots that I bought in NJ.
I've attached a small underwater camera to one of the traps that is wired to a battery powered monitor that I have on the surface. I was able to watch the crabs walk into the trap. It's pretty cool. I'll upload images if anyone is interested.


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Posted May 13 2008 - 3:20 PM

We like the rock crabs. This is the first year I've seen the green crabs.
So aside from Weld's Square in New Bedford, any other nice places to catch them?
I went out last Sunday to the public pier in Beverly next to the closed down McDonalds. Caught a few green crabs - they didn't taste very good. I'm using collapsing traps as well as a couple pots that I bought in NJ.
I've attached a small underwater camera to one of the traps that is wired to a battery powered monitor that I have on the surface. I was able to watch the crabs walk into the trap. It's pretty cool. I'll upload images if anyone is interested.

I'd like to see pic's


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Posted May 13 2008 - 3:59 PM

Gee.....I would like the answer along with Steve. Is a "Carb Trap" considered a pot? We go to SS Park in NJ every year on vacation and crab with traps. Years ago we just used hand lines but the crabs are so scarce, we now use traps and, at that, we don't get many. Us Jersey people are always went "crabbing". Didn't even know there were blue crabs up here. I would love to go sometime.


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Posted May 13 2008 - 5:03 PM

I'd like to see pic's

Pictures of the crab trap that has a waterproof video camera installed in it.
I'd be happy to provide additional details.
Cheers!



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