Our family has always loved the water, whether swimming, fishing, or boating it is a favorite summertime activity. This past summer, John has enjoyed numerous successful crabbing missions. The Chesapeake Bay where he catches them is within a couple hours of where we live, so he goes often. Now we are not talking about throwing a crab trap in the water and waiting all day to pull it up hoping for a few Maryland blue crabs to eat. And we aren’t talking about anything commercial, although he does need a license to do it.
I can’t reveal the secret locations of his, that is fisherman’s taboo, or crabbers I should say, but talking to some locals may get you close to the right spot, who knows.
Basically what he does is use 30 traps all tied together with space in between each trap. He ties a chicken neck in each one and when he gets to his crabbing spot he drops the traps, one by one until they are in the water and all in line. The rope that the traps are tied to also has pieces of the floating noodles (the ones the kids use when swimming) tied on as well.
Then he turns the boat around and goes back to the first catch and lifts them up one at a time to get the bounty. If he leaves at 5:00 in the morning he’s usually back by 2:00. This year wasn’t as good as other years, but he gets anywhere from a few dozen to a bushel of crabs.
John’s boat is new this year and was the kind John always wanted. He waited a year until he found the right used boat this time. Before the new boat, he used a 16 ft. Alumacraft V bottom boat with a 25 hp Evinrude motor. His friends will use it when they all go at the same time. You don’t need anything too fancy to pull in the crabs, but a good motor and no leaks!