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Discussion in 'Sports and Recreation' started by ready for sun!, Apr 11, 2006.

  1. ready for sun!

    ready for sun! Beach Crab

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    Some of my friends and I have rented a condo at Beachside II for the first week of June. I use to live in Plant City Florida as a child but haven?t been to the beach in a Looooooong time and have never been to Seagrove. I?m excited.

    I?m really interested in going crabbing. I?ve never done it before and won?t have a boat. Does anyone have any advise about places to crab or what to use. Has anyone ever heard of the Crabhawk? Is it very productive to crab from land? ~kathryn
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  2. peapod1980

    peapod1980 percy

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    Sorry, no crabbing info to share, but :welcome: !
     
  3. Rudyjohn

    Rudyjohn SoWal Insider

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    I think I've seen info on this board about crabbing. Do a search. Crabbing is fun - - we used to do it as kids too.
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  4. Jdarg

    Jdarg SoWal Expert

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    :welcome: Kathryn!


    It appears that any crabbing experts are not paying attention today. Be patient, you'll get a bite soon...:rolling:
     
  5. OnMackBayou

    OnMackBayou Beach Lover

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  6. 30A Skunkape

    30A Skunkape Mr. Small Box

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    I used to barehand nice blue crabs where the lake outlet met the Gulf on Grayton Beach. This would be much more efficient with a net. That said, I do not know if this is still possible after the outlet was affected during the storms. :idontno:
     
  7. Smiling JOe

    Smiling JOe SoWal Expert

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    Before you go crabbing, take a moment to learn the difference between male and female crabs. I believe it is illegal to take the females. More than that, I will open a can of whoop @ss on anyone I see taking tomorrow's harvest, ie- the females. ;-) One easy way to tell the females from the males is that the females have red colored claws (think nail polish as a reminder) while the males have blue claws. Also, if you flip the crabs over look for the Washington Monument shape on the abdomen of the males (that one should be easy to remember), and more of a blunt triangle shape on the females.

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    Also remember that you may need a fishing license. ;-)
     
  8. 30A Skunkape

    30A Skunkape Mr. Small Box

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    SJ, I might be wrong, but I think taking the ladies is OK as long as they are not carrying eggs on their underside (Berry Crabs). :idontno:
     
  9. Smiling JOe

    Smiling JOe SoWal Expert

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    You may be right. I cannot recall, so I just leave the females alone.

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  10. pgurney

    pgurney Beach Fanatic

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    http://myfwc.com/marine/recreational/recbluecrab.htm

     
  11. Smiling JOe

    Smiling JOe SoWal Expert

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    chrisv Beach Fanatic

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    Yeah, poor sportsmanship to harvest females, egg-bearing or not. Easy enough to release them. If you're served females at a restuarant, be sure to raise a stink (that's one I won't live down with my friends anytime soon....)

    SJ- the Washington Monument shape is how I also learned to differentiate the gender, and I also look for the "Capital Dome" shape on the females. Now, I learned to crab up in Maryland, so that must be the origin of the two shape names. We used to tie a chicken leg to a long cord and drop from bridges to crab back then. Now I just bait up my traps and plan a crab boil.
     
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    jessifunn superJfunn

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    kimmifunn knows about crabs
     
  14. 30A Skunkape

    30A Skunkape Mr. Small Box

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    Whoa :oops:
     
  15. Cil

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    The shoreline (here in Gulf County) was teeming with crabs, male and female today. I'd step into the water to try to get in and swim, and the crabs would dart here and there, menacingly raising their claws. I was a little freaked out!
    I've seen a crab or two before, but nothing like this.
    The water was also thick with schools of little minnows; were the crabs getting some live prey?
     
  16. Kurt Lischka

    Kurt Lischka Admin Staff Member

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    Mating season.
     
  17. Miss Kitty

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    Afternoon Delight
     
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  19. Cil

    Cil Beach Fanatic

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    Thanks Kurt. Aw, I didn't know they were getting frisky in there.
    Hope I didn't disturb them too much.
     
  20. kathydwells

    kathydwells Darlene is my middle name, not my nickname

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    I wouldn't worry about it CIL since it is mating "SEASON" (Gosh, wouldn't that be bad if we as humans just had a "SEASON" for such?) I am sure they got back to business pretty fast if you did disturb them. ;-)
     

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