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The  provides additional information on the natural history of blue crabs and fishing information.
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Round or square though, these traps fish much more slowly than the ones previously listed. This is simply because the crabs have a harder time finding a way in. Once inside though, it is much harder for them to escape. As a result, these traps can be left out for a long time. A few thing to keep in mind: once the bait is gone, no more crabs will join the party. Also, some states have regulations regarding leaving traps out overnight.
The state Department of Fish and Wildlife has a wealth of online information on where and how to catch crabs: .
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A lot of you know that in my blogs I write about extreme hunting and fishing adventures, but before any person goes offshore in search of Sailfish and Tuna, or to the Great white North of Alaska for Bear or Moose, there was a little kid with a cane pole or a crab trap complete with a chicken leg tied to the middle in search of blue claw crabs and sand crabs. Hurricane Sandy, which recently devastated parts the North East, also destroyed many of the areas that I grew up in, including one of my favorite bridges that I fished and crabbed from as a boy. I often wonder why that in today's difficult economic times, and with the need for some easy relaxation, I don't get back into some of those adventures I held so dear in my memories of childhood. So with that I have decided to begin once again hunting the bays and bridges of South Florida in search of the elusive Blue Crab. When placed in hunting scenarios, the cuttlefish that appeared to imitate hermit crabs captured twice as many fish as those that didn’t.
Photo provided by FlickrNow you can fish, sunbathe or have a weiner roast while you wait for the crabs to fall in the trap. Remove your trap when finished.
Photo provided by FlickrDungeness crabs actively prey on small clams, worms, shrimp, and fish, but will also scavenge dead fish and invertebrates.
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Imitation might be the sincerest form of flattery, but researchers in Japan don’t think cuttlefish are trying to flatter hermit crabs when they appear to mimic crustacean arm movements.Hermit crabs are filter feeders and don’t pose a threat to cuttlefish prey, which include small fish and mollusks. If cuttlefish pretend to be crabs, it could allow them to get closer to their prey without detection,. Mimicking crustaceans would also give off the impression of a hard shell, which might protect cuttlefish from other hungry sea animals.In videos from a University of Ryukyus study published in the last month, pharaoh cuttlefish are seen displaying an arm-flapping behavior that resembles the movements of a crab, while also lightening areas of their skin. Kohei Okamoto and his research team hypothesized that the cuttlefish may be emulating hermit crabs in order to inconspicuously approach their prey or protect themselves against predators.Nick’s Fish House is located in the Port Covington area of Baltimore. We offer the freshest seafood menu items, including our steamed crabs and famous crab cakes. There is something for everyone on our menu, open for lunch and dinner year round. Our waterfront deck is perfect for happy hours to large family dinners. Enjoy a cold craft beer or orange crush while perusing our menu.The cuttlefish in the study were hatched in the lab and were never exposed to crabs, said researcher Ryuta Nakajima, who is now studying possible environmental triggers for this behavior.Multiple crab pots are set in rows, each on an individual line. Pots are retrieved using hydraulic “crab blocks” which is essentially a power driven winch. An efficient crew can hoist and re-bait as many as 400 pots per day. Pots are predominantly set between 10 and 50 fathoms (60-300 feet) although Dungeness crab commonly occur from intertidal areas to 200 fathoms (1200 feet). Crabs are stored live in holds on boats that are filled with re-circulating sea water and are delivered every few days to fish processing plants.