Crabbing on the Maryland Chesapeake Bay for Maryland Blue Crabs

Location Info - Annapolis
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Crabbing on the Chesapeake Bay
for Maryland Blue Crabs

Maryland Blue Crabs

  • All Bait and Equipment provided

  • Help layout a traditional Chesapeake Trot Line

  • Dip your own with professional advise

  • Great family fun

  • Keep your catch limit of the day!

  • Additional crabs available for sale

Maryland Blue Crabs

Bring the kids for a great day on the bay!

Down Time Fishing Charters Sport fishing Charters in the Maryland Chesapeake Bay
with Capt. Frank J. Tuma
443-949-8030                              Boat) 443-995-8666
Lic. # 2982
Chesapeake Crabbing Charters
June - October

 

Come on aboard and enjoy a Bue Crab Fishing trip.

Our morning crabbing will be done with commercial style "Trotline" for the Maryland Blue Crab and dipping your limit.

All Equipment, line, bait will be provided.

Book Now for a
Great Day on the Bay!

Call for fishing updates or information on Crab Charters!
443-949-8030 Boat) 443-995-8666



FTuma@downtimecharters.com

During the summer months we enjoy great bottom fishing for Perch, Spot, and Hardhead.
We can include local bottom fishing if time and energy permits.

 



Bring home a Chesapeake Bay Feast!

 

 Enjoy a great Chesapeake Bay tradition of catching the Maryland Blue Crab with Trot Line.

Our morning crabbing will be done with commercial style "Trotline" for the Maryland Blue Crab and dipping your limit.

All Equipment, line, bait will be provided.



 

We crab with a  commercial trot line
chesapeake bay crab trot line


You Dip'em and You Cook'em

A trotline is nothing more than a long line, resting on the bottom and anchored at both ends, to which a series of baits are attached at intervals of about six feet. The baits are attached to the main line by simple slipknots or by shorter lines called dropper lines (known as trots or snoods.)

As you begin this age-old pursuit you will of course want to get the parlance right, so you don't seem too much like a ckicken-necker. Calling the dropper lines "snoods" will put you right up there with the old salts. Also, don't ever talk about "checking" your trotline or "taking a look at" your trotline. You always "run" a trotline. This makes sense because the word trotline comes from the old Germanic word "trotten," meaning "to tread, pace, or run." So when you "run" your trotline you are in keeping with the proper etymology of the sport.

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Puttin' our catch in the Steamer!

Crabbing Album


Book Now for a
Great Day on the Bay!

Call for fishing updates or information on Crab Charters!
443-949-8030 Boat) 443-995-8666



FTuma@downtimecharters.com
Lic. # 2982

 

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Maryland Crabbing Regulations

Tidal
Blue Crab (Hard)
Trotlines, Scrapes, Pots 4/1/2016 - 12/15/2016
Sun or Mon Off
See Special Conditions
5" - 4/1 - 7/14
 5 1/4" - 7/15 - 12/31 or greater
Female limits provided by public notice.
Harvest in Bay ends 12/15;
Harvest on Coast ends 10/31.

Trotline floats must be same size, shape and color.
Catch Times:
Trotlines and Scrapes: May - Sept: 1 hour before sunrise to 9 hours after sunrise
Trotlines: Apr, Oct, Nov, Dec: sunrise to 10 hours after sunrise
Scrapes: Apr. & Oct.: sunrise to 10 hours after sunrise
Pots: 1/2 hour before to 7 1/2 hours after sunrise
No minimum size for mature females.
No scrapes: Oct 31 - Apr 14.

Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:54:05 AM.

 Crabbing Catch Regulations

Recreational Crabbing Catch and Possession Limits Chesapeake Bay and its Tidal Tributaries.

A. Daily Catch and Possession Limits.

(1) An individual exempt from the licensing requirements of Regulation .09 of this chapter is considered an unlicensed individual and may not exceed the catch and possession limits for an unlicensed individual.

(2) Daily catch and possession limits for individuals harvesting crabs from shore or from crab pots.

(a) Unlicensed individual 2 dozen male hard crabs 1 dozen soft crabs,
1 dozen male peeler crabs,
or a combination of 1 dozen
soft crabs and male peeler crabs
(b) Licensed individual 1 bushel male hard crabs 2 dozen soft crabs,
2 dozen male peeler crabs,
or a combination of 2 dozen
soft crabs and male peeler crabs

(3) Daily catch and possession boat limits for a vessel without a recreational crabbing boat license.

(a) One unlicensed individual on board an unlicensed vessel 2 dozen male hard crabs 1 dozen soft crabs,
1 dozen male peeler crabs,
or a combination of 1 dozen
soft crabs and male peeler crabs
(b) Two or more unlicensed individuals on board an unlicensed vessel 4 dozen male hard crabs 1 dozen soft crabs,
1 dozen male peeler crabs,
or a combination of 1 dozen
soft crabs and male peeler crabs
(c) One licensed individual or one licensed individual accompanied
by any number of unlicensed individuals on board an unlicensed vessel
1 bushel male hard crabs 2 dozen soft crabs,
2 dozen male peeler crabs,
or a combination of 2 dozen
soft crabs and male peeler crabs
(d) Two or more licensed individuals or two or more licensed individuals
accompanied by any number of unlicensed individuals on board an unlicensed vessel
2 bushels male hard crabs 2 dozen soft crabs,
2 dozen male peeler crabs,
or a combination of 2 dozen
soft crabs and male peeler crabs

(4) Daily catch and possession boat limits for a vessel with a recreational crabbing boat license.

(a) One or more unlicensed individuals on board a licensed vessel 1 bushel male hard crabs 2 dozen soft crabs,
2 dozen male peeler crabs,
or a combination of 2 dozen
soft crabs and male peeler crabs
(b) One licensed individual on board a licensed vessel 1 bushel male hard crabs 2 dozen soft crabs,
2 dozen male peeler crabs,
or a combination of 2 dozen
soft crabs and male peeler crabs
(c) An individual who purchased a recreational crabbing boat license
accompanied by any number of unlicensed individuals on board a licensed vessel
1 bushel male hard crabs 2 dozen soft crabs,
2 dozen male peeler crabs,
or a combination of 2 dozen
soft crabs and male peeler crabs
(d) Two or more licensed individuals accompanied by any number of
unlicensed individuals on board a licensed vessel
2 bushels male hard crabs 2 dozen soft crabs,
2 dozen male peeler crabs,
or a combination of 2 dozen
soft crabs and male peeler crabs
(e) One licensed individual, who is not the owner of the licensed vessel,
accompanied by any number of unlicensed individuals on board a licensed vessel
2 bushels male hard crabs 2 dozen soft crabs,
2 dozen male peeler crabs,
or a combination of 2 dozen
soft crabs and male peeler crabs

B. Female Hard Crabs and Female Peelers.

 

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Updated: 05/05/2017

 

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