It is essential for all recreational fishers to comply with the laws relating to crabbing
and to remove their apparatus from the water when their fishing is completed.
You can head out from here on a recreational crabbing
trip aboard the Rumblefish (run by Noyo Fishing Center in Fort Bragg; trips from $50, plus $12 fishing license; www.fortbraggfishing.com or 707/964-3000), then have your catch steamed at the harbor.
Have your students ever gone crabbing
? What did they use for bait?
"People are noticing tremendous declines in areas where commercial crabbing
can go on in shallow waters," he says.
averages 100 million pounds annually - more than half the U.S.
In talking to these guys, I learned that Mike got started stone crabbing
three years ago when his wife Sue came home from participating in a Coastal Cleanup project on neighboring Shell Island, where she found three stone crab traps that had washed up on the beach.
is permitted year-round, no license is required, and bayside tackle shops supply the necessary equipment and bait.
is the best it's been in probably 30 years," says Kim Thissell, manager of Dock of the Bay Marina, which overlooks the public piers jutting into Alsea Bay.
"Quite a few of these coastal communities that rely on crabbing
didn't have much of a Christmas," Pazar said.
For the same low, clear conditions that hampered fall chinook fishing produced unusually bountiful bay crabbing
during November and early December.
He said crabbing
with a Crabhawk is a lot like "plunking" for trout.