A couple weeks ago I took the family camping on Shell Key. Getting ready I had stopped by Bass Pro and they had a fold up fish trap. It looked cool so I bought it. I tied it to the boat and left it over night. The next day it had blue crabs in it. My kids enjoyed catching crabs to rest of the weekend. They had so much fun we would like to go and do it again. I keep the FWC reg pdf in my phone. It says 10gal whole per day. 5 traps maximum. Trap requirements apply. See page 24. The pdf is only 2 pages long so I can't read page 24. I have gone to myfwc.com and found three different places that say three different things. I want to be legal but that is becoming difficult to know for sure. So here are a few question I have:
1 It says on the package fish trap which is what I was originally wanting to catch. If a crab walks in does that make it a crab trap and have to follow crab rules?
2 One place it says you can use the fold up traps then in another it says they have to be made out of wire and have 1 1/2 mesh. One place says must be less than 1cf and another says les than 8cf. Would something like this be legal in Florida? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Blb6gNB9NNQ
3 We are thinking of putting out 3-4 traps by walking out in 1-2 foot of water. Sticking a post in and tieing the traps to the post. One place said the traps need a 6in buoy and another said it does not need a buoy if tied to private property. Would the post I buy be considered my property?
Thanks or any information. I have a lifetime Salt Water license and would not want to do any thing to lose it. If the traps are not legal what would the fine be? I seen where traps are not suposse to be in any marked channel. Every time I go out I am dodging traps in the channel so are traps something they just don't bother much with?