|Published:||Oct 25, 2013 6:00 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Oct 25, 2013 6:19 PM EDT|
COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - 35 years fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, Captain Rick Matthews said he loves catching stone crabs.
"It's a good living when they're there," said Captain Matthews.
But this year is the third year in a row Captain Williams said stone crabs are few and far between under the sea.
"One of the worst years on record for me and the other fishermen. I've never seen it this bad."
Matthews said a good day used to be catching 300-400 pounds a day. This current season, a good day is 100 pounds.
"We attribute a little bit to the octopus the last three years three years ago. The water quality it's really bad this year obviously. We're not really sure we can't get out hands on it yet," said Matthews.
What they really need, more cloudy, windy days.
"Stone crabs need to, theyre protection is to hide they burrow into mud so they need water to be stirred up in order to feel safe enough move," said John Vorndran, with Pincher's Crab Shack.
The season is still young, so fishermen are hopeful it will get better.
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