Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Captain's Corner

Captain's Corner: Getting reason for stone crab season

Each year at this time coastal folks start thinking about stone crabs. Cooler waters stir the tasty crustaceans into motion after being relatively lethargic most of the summer.

Open season: On Oct. 15 the recreational and commercial stone crab season opens. Anyone with a valid saltwater fishing license may put out up to five traps. These are baited with fish or pig's feet and are allowed to soak three to seven days between pulls. When the season is good, each trap may produce 1 to 2 pounds of keeper-sized claws. To be legal claws must measure 23/4 inches from the tip of the lower pincer to the first hinge.

Sport diving: Divers can also get in on the stone crab bonanza. Early in the season many scuba and freedivers will hunt the nearshore rock piles and jetties looking for telltale signs that indicate a crab is in a hole. As the stonies burrow in the sand near or under rocks, they excavate sand and shells outside the entrance. They also leave the shells from clams and other mollusks that they have eaten around the opening to their holes. The tricky part is catching them. In most cases, the diver sticks one hand into the hole, grabs the crab by a claw and pulls it into the open where he can get a hand on the other claw.

Ed Walker charters out of Tarpon Springs. Call (727) 944-3474 or e-mail

Captain's Corner: Getting reason for stone crab season 10/03/08 [Last modified: Friday, October 3, 2008 3:59pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. As NCAA investigation continues, Baylor dances around sex-assault scandal


    In 1996, Southern Baptist-affiliated Baylor University lifted its 151-year-old ban and allowed dancing on its Waco, Texas campus.

  2. Rays late-night bullpen shuffle: Alvarado, Pruitt down; Kolarek up


    The Rays shuffled their bullpen again after Tuesday's game, sending down struggling LHP Jose Alvarado along with RHP Austin Pruitt to Triple-A Durham, and turning next to LHP Adam Kolarek, who will make his major-league debut at age 28,

  3. Rays journal: Alex Cobb brilliant, Alex Colome worrying in 10-inning victory (w/video)

    The Heater

    PITTSBURGH — RHP Alex Cobb couldn't have been much better for the Rays on Tuesday, taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning while working eight solid. And Alex Colome couldn't have been much worse, blowing a two-run ninth-inning lead.

    Rays starter Alex Cobb carries a no-hitter into the seventh and pitches eight shutout innings in his best outing of the season.
  4. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Tuesday's Rays-Pirates game

    The Heater

    RHP Alex Cobb continues to look better and better, which could make the decision whether to trade him tougher. Cobb had a no-hitter through six and threw his biggest pitch with a 1-0 lead in the seventh, getting Josh Bell to roll into a double play.

  5. For good of the Rays, Tim Beckham should embrace move to second

    The Heater

    PITTSBURGH — The acquisition of slick-fielding shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria said a lot of things, most notably that the Rays are serious about making in-season moves to bolster their chances to make the playoffs, with a reliever, or two, next on the shopping list.

    PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 27:  Tim Beckham #1 of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrates with teammates after scoring during the eighth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on June 27, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) 700011399