Crabbing Has Picked Up

The inland bays are warming back up rather well. There was a little temperature dip the past few days, but the water temperature has been climbing. Today the temperature peaked at fifty-three and dropped to fifty-one degrees. Crabbing started up a couple weeks ago for many trying for the first time this year.
We have a cold snap coming in at the end of the week, but that shouldn’t affect the crabs too much. The warm up the next few days should increase activity. You can check the inland bay temperatures at Massey’s Ditch.

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Today’s crab catch in the inland bays
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Not many are out crabbing, and the few that have are running rings. Trot lines will produce, but not like they usually do in later in the spring. Running a trot line is a lot of effort for this time of year. Small snap traps or rings are the best. Crab pots are producing on forty-eight hour soaks. I fyou wan tot buy crabs you can check some of the local places or the Delaware Sea Grant’s Local Delaware Seafood Suppliers Public List. Not too sure how things will work with crabs from local Maryland sellers from areas like Wye river. Importing side of the road crabs into Delaware this year with all these travel restrictions might be an issue.
I clean my crabs because I don’t like to eat the mustard and for good reason. It isn’t good for you at all.

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Mike and Mo steamed these up last night, picked up from a local seller.

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