Thursday, August 1, 2013

How to Crab for Blue Crabs

Crabbing


How to Crab for Blue Crabs


Let me just say . . .  if you have never been crabbing, you don't know what you're missing.
It is FUN; a little messy, but fun. And it is easy to crab. You only need a few inexpensive things, it have hours of entertainment . . . not to mention, great tasting crabs in your pot.

Supplies

Crab Net (pick up a Walmart for about $3.00)
Rope
1 - 3 lbs. Fishing Weight
Bucket
Raw Chicken Necks
Most Important - Baby Wipes or Anti-bacteria Wipes
The Ocean or a Brackish River
Fishing License
 
Very important - Legality - You must check your state's size and limit regulations. Also, it is unlawful to harvest female crabs with eggs. You know you have one of these, if you flip the crab over and it looks like has a furry bottom.

Instructions

Tie your fishing weight to the center of the bottom of your net. Next, tie your rope to the hook on top of the crab net.
 
Now, you're ready to crab. Tie a few chicken necks to the inside, bottom of your crab net. Wash your hands off with the baby wipes.
 
Toss the net into the water. Tie rope off to something and let the net soak for about 5 to 10 minutes.
 

Now, check the net by quickly pulling it out of the water. If you have a crab in the net, dump it into your bucket. You will need to put water in your bucket to keep the crabs alive. We just scoop up a little water from where we are fishing. You need just enough water to cover the crabs
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Nothing more to do, but toss your net back in the water and wait another 5 to 10 minutes.
 
Once you catch a mess of these little critters, you can simply boil them in a pot of Old Bay Seasonings.

Very important - you want these guys to be alive when you boil them. If they have died, then the meat will be tainted.
 
 
 
We suggest the use of wipes, due to handling raw chicken.


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