Crabs in oyster beds

gotsnodooksgotsnodooks New Smyrna Beach FlPosts: 118 Deckhand
Went out fishing with a friend a few days ago and the local bait shop was out of fiddler crabs.  So during low tide we stopped off on an oyster bed that was exposed and gathered some of the small mud crabs that live under those for sheepshead bait.  Are there any rules governing mud crab harvesting for bait?  

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  • Salty Dawg44Salty Dawg44 Homosassa, FLPosts: 1,108 Officer
    Be sure that you don't get any juvenile Stone Crabs. They look similar to the Mud Crabs, and inhabit the same places.



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  • gotsnodooksgotsnodooks New Smyrna Beach FlPosts: 118 Deckhand
    Be sure that you don't get any juvenile Stone Crabs. They look similar to the Mud Crabs, and inhabit the same places.


    Yeah...that has been mentioned and I've definitely checked as best I could when I gather them.  I have found some of the mud crabs with eggs and I make sure I put those back when I catch them.  I've checked the FWC site and just never saw anything about the mud crabs but I know someone on here would likely know.
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