Crabbing in Coos Bay, Part Three

In our previous two segments we discussed the legal aspects of crabbing in Coos Bay and at Bay Point Landing Luxury RV Resort including the type of gear and bait you need to get started. So, in this final installment we’ll talk about exactly how to crab while you’re staying here with us.

You’re on a Boat


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When crabbing from a boat, you need to make sure that you set your pots far enough away that they aren’t interfering with each other and you should let your pots sit for 30 to 45 minutes. So, you’ve let your gear sit for long enough, now you need to find your buoy and approach it slowly.

Grab the line just below said buoy with your hand. If you used rings, pull quickly right away so that it forms a basket and traps the crab.


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Sitting on a dock

Tie your crab line to a dock or pier. Throw the pot or ring into the water and let it set for 30 to 45 minutes for pots and 10 to 20 with rings. To collect it you’ll need to grab the crab line below wher4e you attached it and if using rings, use a consistent speed on pulling it up.

Sorting the Crabs

You’ll need to sort your crab quickly. Be careful not to get pinched or to break the legs. You need to keep only male crabs. Sometimes a quick shake will get them out of the pot faster than reaching in there for them. Once you’ve got them sorted, you’ll need to measure them.

Male crabs should be 5 ¾ inches across the back in width. As just an FYI, soft shelled crab are not really worth keeping as they will taste stringy.

About Bay Point Landing Luxury RV Resort

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