Crabbing and shrimping Jekyll in april

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Sorry new member and I think I posted this in the wrong place. Was wondering how the crabbing was in April on Jekyll island and if anyone had any ideas on crabbing spots. We are oceanfront and the as wondering if I put my crabs out at low tide and pulled em in after high tide if that would be worth a pull? Also. Anyone seine for bait shrimp in April? Are they on the beaches this time of year? Thanks.
 
The season for shrimping within state waters is typically June thru December. This varies year to year and you have to check the dates each year. The regulations can be found at the link below. While it does not specifically state that bait shrimp must be taken in designated bait areas, I have asked several game wardens and this is indeed the case, as they interpret the laws.
I do not fish for crabs, as I catch more than I care for seining for shrimp, and typically give them to whoever wants them. Most people crab off the piers, in the mouths of feeder creeks, off bridges, etc. I assume you could catch them in the manner you mentioned, just not sure how many you would catch.

http://www.eregulations.com/georgia/fishing/shrimp-crab-shellfish-bait-minnows/

Designated bait areas:

https://georgiaoutdoormap.com/

Select Coastal fishing and check the "bait zone" box to highlight them. You can zoom in on the area you're interested in with your mouse wheel.
These would be the zones the DNR officer I spoke with was talking about, I assume. I also assume this refers to power drawn trawls for bait shrimp.

Hopefully, this will answer your questions concerning the regulations.

If you're located on Jekyll Island, St. Andrews beach and the north beach, by the pier, are the two best locations to seine for shrimp, with St. Andrews being the premier location. The Main (east) beach does hold shrimp, but you need a west wind to eliminate the waves in order to do very well there. The area at Great Dunes Park and Jekyll point are good locations for the east beach.
To familiarize yourself with seining on Jekyll Island you might want to read the post: Shrimp Seining. It's rather long but gives you an idea how the year has progressed, so far.

http://forum.gon.com/threads/shrimp-seining.919783/
 
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Thanks for the info. I contacted the Georgia DNR guys via email so the shrimp seining is legal, just not sure how fruitful it would be...small car and just seeing if it’s worth bringing a 100’ seine. Thanks again and I’ll check out the seining link
 
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