MIAMI (CBS4) – A South Florida staple which unofficially indicates the start of fall has nothing to do with changing leaves, but rather black tinted claws and mustard curry sauce.

Of course, we are talking about stone crab season.

Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, recreational fishermen will be able to hunt for the tasty crustaceans.

But there are a strict set of rules that must be followed:

• When catching catch a crab the claws can be removed, but throw back the crab.

• Crabs must be captured in baited traps, declawed and released.

• Egg bearing females cannot be declawed.

• No hooks or spears are allowed.

Click Here for a complete list of rules and regulations from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The season runs from October 15 to May 15.

If you don’t own a boat or can’t wait for someone who does, you’re in luck.

Another South Florida institution, Joe’s Stone Crab, will open Friday to celebrate its 99th season


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