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Old 04-09-2012, 12:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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bought me a few traps to use this year. Any idea when the blue crabs start showing up in good numbers in the back bay?
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Everywhere! Once it warms up, any dock/rocks will hold alot of them. They can be downright annoying when my girls are trying to catch crokers/drum with dead shrimp.
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Old 04-09-2012, 03:02 PM   #3 (permalink)
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yeah I've got a good idea on where I'm putting them just not sure when. was thinking around may or so
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Old 04-09-2012, 06:42 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Id say you could put em out now, I caught a bunch last week while fishing. They are definitely out of the mud.
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They're out now. Actually they never left the shallower water over the winter. Been filling up the traps all winter long.
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whats the laws reguarding traps for personal use only....any limit on number you can use or gotta tag them?
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I've often wondered where the ideal spots in Biloxi Bay are as well. It seems pots are scattered all over the place with no pattern. In the Louisiana marsh they seem to always be placed near the drop off in bayous and lakes.

Shane, there are specific regulations for recreational crab traps in MS. I'd suggest pulling up the DMR website. I think it is a limit of 6 pots per person and yes you need some sort of tag on each pot / float.
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I've often wondered where the ideal spots in Biloxi Bay are as well. It seems pots are scattered all over the place with no pattern. In the Louisiana marsh they seem to always be placed near the drop off in bayous and lakes.

Shane, there are specific regulations for recreational crab traps in MS. I'd suggest pulling up the DMR website. I think it is a limit of 6 pots per person and yes you need some sort of tag on each pot / float.
2011-2012 season was $5 for recreational crab license for up to 6 pots for personal use. The license is for traps/pots only. All other forms of catching equipment are covered under your saltwater license. I called and verified this with DMR last summer. There are some regs on using the pots that you need to be aware of. When reading the regs, "traps" are for pots only. A trap, as described by DMR to me, are devices that the crab cannot exit at will once they enter. A net or lay flat basket they can leave at will.
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2011-2012 season was $5 for recreational crab license for up to 6 pots for personal use. The license is for traps/pots only. All other forms of catching equipment are covered under your saltwater license. I called and verified this with DMR last summer. There are some regs on using the pots that you need to be aware of. When reading the regs, "traps" are for pots only. A trap, as described by DMR to me, are devices that the crab cannot exit at will once they enter. A net or lay flat basket they can leave at will.
I thought the Saltwater Fishing license covered catching crabs in pots?

I know a game warden was out not long ago checking things and to my knowledge never mentioned to anyone about the pots they had on the pier.


As for blue crabs, last 3 days here in Ocean Springs they been out like flies, between them grabbing your fishing bait and getting in crab pots, they been pretty populated. I actually wish they would simmer down a little so Reds and all will look more at peoples fishing bait than all these crabs out and about, Reds have been rare the last 3 days when all the crabs came out to.
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vrillon,

take one of those fresh crabs and use for bait. Rip the back off, cut in half through the mid-cavity and then cut into chunks where you have good size chamber of meat with a leg still attached (ends up being a piece of bait that is the same size as a big shrimp). If there are big reds or drum in the area, they will find it.
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