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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Crabbing in the Summer

So when is the best time to go crabbing? My friend says anytime, but I'm not really sure about that and I am still looking for a better answer if anybody knows. A couple weeks ago, I happened to have been invited to go crabbing in San Francisco on a summer day. Even for a nice warm day in the Alameda county, it was VERY windy near the San Francisco golden gate bridge area. Upon arrival at our designated location, there were already many people. Some playing with kites, biking along the bike path, having a BBQ or a picnic, playing near the ocean shores, fishing, and crabbing.

It was my first time crabbing.
Here's a list of things that we used:
- Nets with food cage
- Rotten sardines (these were great for the catch)
- Chicken
- A bucket (for anything that was caught)

Crabs that you can keep:
- Any rock crabs

Crabs that you cannot keep:
- Dungeness Crab
- Crabs smaller than 4 inch (the little babies)

It was a great experience, but it was extremely windy. Sweatpants and sweatshirts with a hood is the best outfit to wear. Folding chairs could be bought to sit and wait for your catch. If you ever feel too cold, there is a nearby warming hut that you can go into to warm up. Great to have some sort of snack or warm beverage, just be sure to have a place to put it so that the strong winds cannot blow it away.

So how many did we actually catch within the 5 hours that we were there? Sad to say, but only 2 that we can keep. Out of all the groups out there, we had the most. So, crabbing in the summer, a good idea? I'm not sure, but that day was definitely not the best day to go.

San Francisco near Golden Gate Bridge

Chicken as bait for the crabs

A rock crab that we caught!
Dungeness Crabs

Bye Bye Dungeness Crabs. I can't take you home with me :(
Seagull says, "Gimme some crabs!"

Crabbing and fishing area

I found you warming hut!

Sunset

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