Friday, March 4, 2011

Great weather forecast for today and tomorrow. High tides around midday should make for good crabbing conditions in the bay and a small swell should make it worth venturing outside. The best bite is still down at Ten Mile Beach but there are enough Dungeness around to inside to keep it interesting. A new regulation goes in to effect on April 1st affecting the use of ring nets for crabs. I think it only applies in Southern California, but here's the wording: "Hoop nets may be used to take spiny lobsters and all species of crabs. Between Point Arguello, Santa Barbara County, and the United States-Mexico border, not more than five hoop nets, as defined in (b)(1)(A) or (b)(1)(B), shall be possessed by a person when taking spiny lobster or crab, not to exceed a total of 10 hoop nets possessed when taking spiny lobster or crab, per vessel. The owner of the hoop net or person who placed the hoop net into the water shall raise the hoop net to the surface and inspect the contents of the hoop net at intervals not to exceed 2 hours." It looks like it doesn't affect us here, but just in case, check your nets regularly.