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#3545992 - 06/05/09 09:50 AM Is there a crab season???
Cummins Man Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 06/05/09
Posts: 7
I was wondering if there was a crab season. I'm not setting traps. I'm just using a string and some chicken. Whats the regulations on crab also???

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#3546082 - 06/05/09 10:16 AM Re: Is there a crab season??? [Re: Cummins Man]
Mexicajun1 Offline
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Registered: 03/02/09
Posts: 2185
Loc: Poth, TX
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#3546147 - 06/05/09 10:32 AM Re: Is there a crab season??? [Re: Mexicajun1]
always fishin Offline
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Registered: 05/08/09
Posts: 469
Loc: galveston tx
you can catch crabs year round like that.to keep them they have to be 5 inches from point to point.all females should be released especially if they have a sponge or the sack of eggs showing.right now is one of the best times of year to catch them good luck and a cooler full of crabs

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#3546216 - 06/05/09 10:49 AM Re: Is there a crab season??? [Re: always fishin]
Cummins Man Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 06/05/09
Posts: 7
how do you tell the difference(m/f)???

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#3546282 - 06/05/09 11:02 AM Re: Is there a crab season??? [Re: Cummins Man]
Mexicajun1 Offline
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Registered: 03/02/09
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Loc: Poth, TX
On the belly side of the crab the Males have what looks like an arrow shape part of the shell that points towards the claws, the females have a large flap instead of the little thin arrow shaped ones males have.........


http://www.bluecrab.info/identification.html


Rob
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#3546664 - 06/05/09 12:30 PM Re: Is there a crab season??? [Re: Mexicajun1]
spiny norman Offline
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Registered: 07/13/06
Posts: 2283
Loc: Shady Shores
Easy to remember.

Females look like the Capitol dome.
http://www.dnr.state.md.us/baygame/bbc_female_in_net.jpg

Males look like the Washington monument.
http://www.dnr.state.md.us/baygame/bbc_male_in_net.jpg

Sponge crabs (Females with eggs) look like this.
http://www.dnr.state.md.us/fisheries/art2001/spongecrab1.JPG

(At least that's how I learned.)



Edited by spiny norman (06/05/09 12:41 PM)

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#3547503 - 06/05/09 04:04 PM Re: Is there a crab season??? [Re: spiny norman]
Cummins Man Offline
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Registered: 06/05/09
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I understand why not to keep a female, but is it illegal??? I mean we are human and accidents do happen.

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#3547992 - 06/05/09 06:55 PM Re: Is there a crab season??? [Re: Cummins Man]
spiny norman Offline
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Registered: 07/13/06
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As I read the regs, it is not illegal to keep a female just a female with eggs or one with the apron removed. I believe other states restrict taking females but not Texas.

I doubt a GW would accept "honest mistake" for a sponge crab in possession. They are pretty much unmistakable to tell the males from females.


Edited by spiny norman (06/05/09 06:57 PM)

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