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    Quote Originally Posted by 131 Dukes St.
    The problem with crabbing nowadays is the fact that not many people throw back the small crabs or the females. For the most part they use the BS excuse I am going to use them for my pasta sauce.
    But it really doesn't matter what they want to use the crabs for. I'm mot sure how much they actually check for sizes anymore. I only went once last year, but didn't catch a single crab. I seriously hope the majority of people aren't being lazy and not throwing the small ones back because then in the future there will be no big ones.
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    Legal size is 4 1/2 inches and yes they still do check. I was crabbing in Keyport last summer and a game warden pulled up. The ones I had were legal. My father toght me not to keep the littles or females. People further on the pier started dumping their catch back in.
    Keyport has a nice little pier and waterfront area, but unfortunatly this year they are renovating it, so it's not a great crabbing spot. I was wondering if anyone knows any other places in the Raritan Bay area. I grew up in Sayreville crabbing at the old brickyards, but thats houses now.
    Thanks

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    Welcome grneyes6. I'm glad they check otherwise there won't be any crabs left because people like the ones who were on the pier with you throwing their catch back only when the warden came by.

    As for crabbing in the Raritan Bay area - sorry I can't help you in that regard. I'm mostly familiar with the Ocean County area and limited at that. If you do find out any good spots can you make sure you post them here.
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    This is an interesting thread for me. My Dad (who died in 1989 in Forked River) loved to go crabbing. When I was a boy we went to a place on the Shrewsbury River in Red Bank that rented boats so you could crab in the river. But that was 50 years ago!

    My Dad also used to rent a boat from a place alongside Barnegat Bay not far from Toms River (maybe Island Heights or Ocean Gate.) Barnegat Bay used to be very rich in crabs. There is also lots of crabbing on the piers at the town of Barnegat, which is on the mainland side of the bay, not to be confused with Barnegat Light on Long Beach Island.

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