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Good morning everyone, my name is Leroy Hyson and I am a newbie to crabbing this year. I have followed and researched many of your techniques on trotlining and just finished making my 600 ft line and getting ready to make my prop. I live in Gaithersburg, MD and would like to learn the different areas around the Severn, Magothy, Chester, and of course the bay itself. I definitely want to follow proper etiquette with veteran crabbers and the like. Any help or guidance is much appreciated. I usually launch out of Sandy Point and Kent Narrows. Thanks in advance.


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Welcome to the sport.

I'll keep this simple.

1. Read the rules.
2. Read the rules again.
3. Understand the rules.
4. Follow the rules.

Doing this will out you in the minority in some places but don't start before legal time, keep the minimum 100' away from other peoples gear and

DO UNTO OTHERS.....
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I try to avoid crowds because I'm greedy and don't like to share my crabs with other crabbers. Helps to avoid the people who can't follow 1-4 above.

When setting your line, if you can find a ledge/ drop off from 5/6' to 10-15' set on the shallow side. I usually try to set my
Line(s) either one in 3-5' and the other in 6-8' until I find where they are or run both on angles from 3-9 until you find them. WILL BE DICTATED BY HOW CROWDED IT IS. See above.

Evenings are very good to avoid crowds, but crabs tend to be deeper until sun gets low, mornings they tend to be a little shallower until sun gets higher.

Others will chime in, but this is my short list and .02.

Chris

Forgot one thing. Some days 1-2 crabs per run will be good, other days that will be a waste of time and you are better off moving to a place that might produce 4-5 per run. The gamble is when to know to move. This is the main reason I run 2 600' lines; it gives me the option to only move one short line instead of committing all 1200'. Also allows you to squeeze into smaller areas where 1200' lines don't fit. I have several favorite areas I crab where 1200' lines don't fit.
 

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Once you learn an area you will have several "Lays" that you can do if your first 2 or 3 are already taken. I will say early AM is the bet but for family time I love to do evening crabbing. Have FUN cuz that's what its all about!.. Read reports and give report. You do not have to exact locations just general info will do..

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You are starting at a good time. This is supposed to be the best year in the last 7 for crabs. If that's true they should be available in most areas. Lots to learn as you go along, like the best way to run the line based on sun glare or how tight to pull the line to have it come up and lay back down from the bottom. Ask a lot of questions on this site and the experts will give you answers. I'm just a occasional crabber, mostly small time fisherman.

Mike
 
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