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Old 08-17-2011, 03:58 PM   #1
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Lots of blue crabs yesterday afternoon around the south side of the sand island, some keepers, lots of 4 and 5" sized. I guess they're in jubilee. Just if anyone was interested...
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Where is that sand Island? Are you talking about the dredge Island at Mcrea?
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Most are females and are getting ready to release their eggs.
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We been seeing alo of females in the traps with eggs. One was on the back of the boat on the swim platform
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ok TURTLE, admirals island? dredge spoils? island just south of sherman cove. I caught a lot of them on accident in my cast net throwing on bull minnows, it was about 1/2 females w eggs
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Thanks, they just are not as plentiful in the back yard this year for some reason and I have a morale issue with buying them.
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Just to make sure I am correct. Females are ok as long as they don't have a egg mass, correct? Every one of the ones I picked up today was female, but only about 10% or less had an egg mass. Am I ok in taking those? Sorry for being a bone head but want to make extra sure. Thanks!
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Legally speaking yes you can take the females without eggs however i think most would agree that it's best to only take males, leaving the females to increase the population.
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Where is that sand Island? Are you talking about the dredge Island at Mcrea?
I think he meant sand Island off of Dauphin Island Alabama...could that be? that one is called sand island, but probably so are 1 million other ones in the GOM.
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Lol, guess no crabs for me. I must have walked 1/2 a mile and picked up 2 dozen crabs. They were ALL female!! Any way to target males? I was looking right at the shoreline and out about 5:30pm. I was thinking maybe earlier in the day or farther out? Maybe in the sound instead the gulf side?
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