Everything you need to know about crabbing in New Jersey – From where to go to what you need!
One of our family’s most favorite summer pastimes is CRABBING!
This time of the year, Blue Claw crabs are plentiful and easy to catch with the right equipment! It’s a great way to unplug and enjoy a day together by the water that doesn’t cost very much either.
You can find crabbing supplies at local bait shops, your local sporting good store or even at Wal-Mart.
Throughout the summer months, I stock up on cheap chicken like legs, thighs and wings. Crabs love chicken!
Another option is purchasing Bunker at a bait shop. Usually bunker cost around $2 each.
The middle of your traps will have a prong to hold your bait.
The next step is to tie the rope on your trap to the railing. With a great swoop, throw the traps into the water.
Relax for a bit and enjoy the company of your loved ones.
Or you could fish for a bit.
After awhile, it’s time to pull your traps up!! We like to wait 10-15 minutes in between pulling up our traps.
With a steady hand, pull your trap up. The goal is quickly shut the trap doors on the traps so that they do not open again until they are back up on land.
Another option for traps is a simple snag line. You can purchase these at the same location as a the traps.
Attach the bait underneath the weight and then tie your line to the rail. Drop the line all the way to the bottom, until you feel the weight hit the bottom.
As you pull the line back up, have a net ready to catch the crab right off of the bait!
Another item you will want to have on hand is a pair of simple tongs to pick up the crabs and get them into your bucket!
Always make sure to check your local regulations as to what counts as a “keeper”. Here in NJ, crabs must be 4 1/2 inches from point to point to keep.
Also, while it is “legal” to keep females, we throw them back to continue on the species. You should never keep crabs that have eggs either.
Be sure to check out my recipes on how to cook your crabs!