Stone crabs season turns sour after a super start – Poor harvest called lousy luck, nothing more

When commercial fisherman Shane Dooley of Pine Island pulled his first stone crab trap of the season on Oct. 15, he laughed out loud. It was loaded with crabs. “We want ’em all like that one, baby,” he said. Florida’s stone crab season ends today, and it didn’t fulfill its first-day potential: Fishermen got a few weeks of good landings, but then the crabbing died. continued