Nah if they dont have eggs, look at the claws. Nail polish is femaleNice haul.
If they don't have eggs, I assume they are identifying as male and they go in the bucket. On a typical night out flounder gigging I see them by the hundreds around any type of structure or in the grass beds. Doesn't seem to be any shortage of them.
Florida Regulations Gulf and Atlantic State WatersI do not keep females either, keep the population going. Crabs were everywhere when I was a kid now I don't see that many at all. Too many folks keeping females and not knowing the difference.