Your crab trips begin by leaving the dock and making the short run to the crab fishing grounds. Once there we set our lighter sport gear then move on to pull our heavier commercial sized gear. During this time we request as much help that you can give, even if that is only “moral” support. If this is a crab/fishing combo trip we will then go fishing and come back later to pull our sport gear and crab on board. If this trip is just a crab trip we will go back to the sport gear and pull it and the crab on board. This all takes a little while and is a lot of fun. Most of our trips normally produce limits or at least near limits of crab.
More Information about Dungeness Crabs
- It’s habitat consists of eel-grass beds and muddy to sandy bottoms from the low inter-tidal zone to depths in excess of 600 ft.
- They can be found from the Aleutian Islands in Alaska to south of San Francisco.
- Dungeness Crabs average a little under 7 inches wide but have been found as big as 10 inches wide.
- It has a reddish brown (some would say orange) shell and white-tipped claws.
- It eats almost anything including clams, fish, crabs, starfish, worms, squid, and snails.
- Other than humans the crabs are also eaten by large fish and eels and by octopus.
- Crabs grow by shedding their old shell. During their first two years, crabs molt (shed their shell) several times.
- By the time the crabs are 3 years old or 4″ molting occurring only once each year.
- During an annual molt, a crab will grow about 1″. Male crabs start breeding at 3 to 4 years of age or approximately 5 1/2″.
- A female produces up to 2.5 million eggs.
Crabs are caught in circular steel traps commonly called “pots.” The pots weigh between 60 and 125 lbs. with a diameter of 36″ to 48″. The pots are marked with a buoy attached to a length of rope so that they can be retrieved The pots are usually baited with herring, squid or razor clams to attract the crabs.