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    Default 2017 K-bay crabbing season

    It appears as though we will have a season for crab in K-bay this year. But if I was reading it correctly the season will start in October and a legal crab is only 4.5".
    Anyone else hear about this or is it only a rumor?


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    oh sweet tanner crab rumors, please tell me its true!

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    http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm...annerCrab.regs


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    Quote Originally Posted by 0321Tony View Post
    It appears as though we will have a season for crab in K-bay this year. But if I was reading it correctly the season will start in October and a legal crab is only 4.5".
    Anyone else hear about this or is it only a rumor?


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    What is your source of info on this?

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    Cook Inlet/Resurrection Bay (AREA H) Tanner Crab Season Update & Clarified Details On How It Works (10/1 - 2/28)

    Just got off the phone with Homer ADFG shellfish biologists that are putting together the details for the tanner crab permit that will be online later this summer.

    GREAT NEWS: Because our local tanner crab reach maturity at a slightly smaller size than Bering Sea tanner/snow crab, they have decided that the LEGAL SIZE will be a male with a 4 1/2" shell across the back (instead of 5 1/2"). This will mean more legal crab harvested.

    More Great News: An explanation of the regulations coming out to be exact.
    The permits will be issued to Individuals, not households. Only one pot allowed per person, and only ONE pot allowed per boat. Its a redundancy but in fact prevents a boat making multiple trips onto the bay dropping a pot on each trip.
    So each person with a permit on board will be allowed a legal limit from the same single pot. Example: 3 anglers on board with permits, the pot has 9 legal male crab, each angler records and takes home a 3 crab limit. =>


    This was on the Internet so it has to be correct 👍
    I'm hoping homerdave may be able to confirm or deny this

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0321Tony View Post
    Cook Inlet/Resurrection Bay (AREA H) Tanner Crab Season Update & Clarified Details On How It Works (10/1 - 2/28)

    Just got off the phone with Homer ADFG shellfish biologists that are putting together the details for the tanner crab permit that will be online later this summer.

    GREAT NEWS: Because our local tanner crab reach maturity at a slightly smaller size than Bering Sea tanner/snow crab, they have decided that the LEGAL SIZE will be a male with a 4 1/2" shell across the back (instead of 5 1/2"). This will mean more legal crab harvested.

    More Great News: An explanation of the regulations coming out to be exact.
    The permits will be issued to Individuals, not households. Only one pot allowed per person, and only ONE pot allowed per boat. Its a redundancy but in fact prevents a boat making multiple trips onto the bay dropping a pot on each trip.
    So each person with a permit on board will be allowed a legal limit from the same single pot. Example: 3 anglers on board with permits, the pot has 9 legal male crab, each angler records and takes home a 3 crab limit. =>


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    Ya right I don't believe that one bit. Until you post a link. I'm will to bet it goes one vessel one pot. There no way they would give each person on vessel it own pot. After years of the fishery being closed!


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    Quote Originally Posted by akmike30 View Post
    Ya right I don't believe that one bit. Until you post a link. I'm will to bet it goes one vessel one pot. There no way they would give each person on vessel it own pot. After years of the fishery being closed!


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    Reread what he posted.
    One pot per person and one pot per boat. So that means only one pot per boat total.
    Not one for each person on the boat.
    At least that's how I read it.
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    This is good news!
    I still remember my good hotspots from last time this fishery was open.
    Just need to make some more of my secret bait mix.
    Can't wait.

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    So, if the fishery sucks, make the legal take smaller so we can kill more. That should help the population rebound more quickly! Sign me up.


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    Sounds like their will be a tanner fishery this october in K-Bay. Like has been said before one pot per boat & 3 crab per person. I will have some of my folding Tanner pots available aprox July 1st.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullelkklr View Post
    So, if the fishery sucks, make the legal take smaller so we can kill more. That should help the population rebound more quickly! Sign me up.


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    I think it's more along the lines of realizing that these crab just don't grow as big on average.
    Kind of like saying a mature moose is 60" then realizing a moose in parts of AK is mature at 50".
    There are usually more 50" moose which is a win-win for the hunters.
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    According to the news it looks like it's official. October 1st it's a go for crab in K-bay

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    Quote Originally Posted by kasilofchrisn View Post
    I think it's more along the lines of realizing that these crab just don't grow as big on average.
    Kind of like saying a mature moose is 60" then realizing a moose in parts of AK is mature at 50".
    There are usually more 50" moose which is a win-win for the hunters.
    Have to agree to dissagree I suppose.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullelkklr View Post
    Have to agree to dissagree I suppose.


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    I suppose so.
    Though I will say that I'm 100% confident I could catch a limit of legal sized crab even when ADF&G said the numbers were low.
    Others I talked to couldn't catch them when the numbers were good and the season was open.
    How well did you do when this fishery was open before?
    We always seemed to do well.
    Always amazing to pull up your pots with 125+ crab in each one.
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    When will the info be on adfg web page?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonnyb View Post
    When will the info be on adfg web page?
    Check the EO section.
    It's already there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonnyb View Post
    When will the info be on adfg web page?
    http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/sf/EONR/i...2017&NRID=2464
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    Quote Originally Posted by kasilofchrisn View Post
    I suppose so.
    Though I will say that I'm 100% confident I could catch a limit of legal sized crab even when ADF&G said the numbers were low.
    Others I talked to couldn't catch them when the numbers were good and the season was open.
    How well did you do when this fishery was open before?
    We always seemed to do well.
    Always amazing to pull up your pots with 125+ crab in each one.
    I have never fished it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullelkklr View Post
    I have never fished it.
    I have the gear and the knowledge.
    If you ever want to bring your boat down I would be happy to show you what it is about.
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    Thanks for the offer! I am going to try king crab in pws while deer and duck hunting this fall/winter. We don't usually get down to homer now until February/March timeframe.

    I have fished Dungies in Oregon a time or two. Pretty easy in their shallow small coastal bays.

    I don't have any history or knowledge about kbay crabbing but hope that ADFG is really managing the resource and not managing people.

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