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I RELOCATED TO FLORIDA FROM MARYLAND about a year ago and cherish the year-round opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Although I have fallen in love with saltwater fishing, I miss crabbing in the Chesapeake Bay. What is the most effective method to catch blue crabs in Florida and what are the rules and regulations for recreational harvesters setting traps here?

Jonathan Drake

Many Floridians are aware of the presence of stone crabs in our waters, but these famously delicious crustaceans aren’t the only game in town. Prized for their sweet meat, blue crabs range throughout the state’s coastal waters and provide excellent table fare as well. Additionally, juvenile blue crabs comprise an essential source of forage for a variety of shallow water predators including permit, tarpon, bonefish, redfish, black drum and more. For this reason, many anglers value blue crabs not only as a delicacy in the kitchen, but also for bait purposes.

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