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Lahaina Gurlz Nov 20, 2005 07:43 PM

We are planning to visit Fulton, MD and want to come during crab season. What is the season for hard shell crabs and is it different for soft shell crabs? Mahalo.

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    Marc RE: Lahaina Gurlz Nov 20, 2005 08:16 PM

    Come in July. That is the best time imo. You can start to get crabs in the beginning of June but July is prime time. August is good too

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      Hon RE: Marc Nov 21, 2005 08:10 AM

      Actually prime time for Maryland crabs is winding down now, from about late August on the MD crabs become fatter and tastier. I think September/October is the best time!

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        oddlite RE: Hon Nov 21, 2005 11:24 AM

        Agreed, always felt the best crabs were in late Sept/early Oct.

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          MarkF RE: oddlite Nov 21, 2005 12:31 PM

          Great time to get them! Heavy as rocks and the meat is nice and dense. I've noticed that the prices seem a bit better too.

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            Hon RE: MarkF Nov 21, 2005 12:36 PM

            Oh man, now I gotta get some, this is making me hungry!

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              Terrie H. RE: MarkF Nov 21, 2005 06:54 PM

              Completely agree that later in the season is the best -- crabs are heavier AND the price has often come down a bit from the early season. Mid-September to early October would be my choice for visiting the area, not only because of the crabs, but because of the weather, too.

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        atls14620 RE: Lahaina Gurlz Nov 21, 2005 09:09 AM

        The commercial crabbing season in MD ends, I believe, on December 15th. It generally starts in April. See: http://www.dnr.state.md.us/fisheries/...

        The soft shell season is cradled within the hard shell season. It runs from approximately late-May to late-August.

        Hope this helps.

        Aloha!

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