I think you would be wasting your time trying to trap Stones here in the North Florida area. I have seen them in blue crab traps but not that many. They just don't catch like in central Fla. and down through the keys. You can find a few legal size ones when Diving just not that many here.
I have run several crab traps on both sides of the Garcon Pt Bridge this summer. I have gotten about a half dozen Stone Crabs this year. I was surprised when I got the first one in my Blue Claw trap. I didn't think that we had any Stone Crabs around here. Although we do have some I find it had to believe that it would be worth while to target them. Do you need a special kind of trap for Stone Crabs?
You could use a milk crate. Stone crabs are not a swimming crab, so you could just pull it up a couple times a day, and if there was any in it, they would just sit there (instead of trying to escape).
I caught a bunch of dungeoness crabs in Washington with this method. You need to put something heavy in the milk crate to sink it (a rock). I would put them in a holding pen (two milk crates ziptied together) until you had enough to deal with. :whistling:
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