Butthead - I'll guess it was me you referred to. The only legal to crab at night is with handlines. It's in the rules but near very end.
B. Recreational. Except for handlines and dipnets, a person may not set any recreational crabbing gear or catch crabs for recreational purposes from a boat during:
(1) May through September between:
(a) 5 p.m. and 1/2 hour before sunrise in the main Chesapeake Bay; and
(b) Sunset and 1/2 hour before sunrise in tidal waters tributary to the Chesapeake Bay;
(2) April, October, November, and December between:
(a) 5 p.m. and 1/2 hour after sunrise in the main Chesapeake Bay; and
(b) Sunset and 1/2 hour after sunrise in tidal waters tributary to the Chesapeake Bay.
C. A person may not catch blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries from December 16 through March 31, inclusive.
I was told by DNR the night rule was to reduce pressure on crabs plus allow better enforcement. I used to trotline at night from about 1 am until sunrise. It was awesome - many commercial guys did same. This was back in 80's though before new laws.
Night handlining is more about fun then catching. We manage a bushel most trips but that is from about 7-8 in evening to 6 am next morning.
What could be more mundane than dying of old age or of natural causes when there is death by misadventure to be pursued ? Skip