How Crabbing Began.
It began one summer day shopping around my local hardware store. I went by the sporting area like I normally do and I noticed that they had some crabbing cages (crab pots) for sale: only twenty Canadian dollars that day. It was a no brainer for me. I was always looking around at crab traps and other crabbing gear but everything is rather pricey. These crab traps, depending on the quality, can range from 50 to 200 dollars. Most beginner crabbers might find the cost of all that gear to be too expensive. But since they were on sale for twenty dollars, I happily picked up 2 crab traps and went home to Google search what else I would need for my new found crabbing hobby. For the novice crabber, the most basic items required are: the cages, rope to hold up the cage, a buoy to make sure you can retrieve your cage, and an inflatable boat with oars.
Last but not least, I would have to live close to a beach that has an abundance of crabs. So I searched Google and asked for crabbing hot spots in Vancouver Canada. Lucky for me, there were quite a lot of options listed. I thought I had to drive one or two hours away from the city to reach a decent place for crabbing. However, it turns out there’s a beach that is a 20 minute drive away and has a great spot for crabbing. The beach I am referring to is Barnet Marine Park (more on this beach later). So I went there and being the novice that I am, I had tons of problems with the gear that I brought. When I brought up the very first cage and saw 1 crab, I was jumping for joy. That feeling was just incredible. But unfortunately the crab was not big enough and I had to let it go. At this point, I didn’t know anything about differentiating between the sex of the crabs and size limits. I guessed it was too small and to be on the safe side, I released the poor little guy. At the end of the day I had no crab to show for my efforts but I enjoyed my time on the water on a hot and sunny day. And so began my new found hobby.
Crabbing. Why I love it and why you should too.
So why do I enjoy crabbing? I had always enjoyed eating crabs as a kid and still do till this day. I dislike the price that these Dungeness crabs command on the market. The Dungeness crabs range from seven to ten dollars a pound depending on size.
The second reason for my new found love of crabbing is the fact that it is an outdoor activity. I no longer complain about having nothing to do on sunny days off. I now have a hobby that allows me to invite friends that share the same interest.
The third reason is that I love barbeques at the beach. It is a lovely sight when I get to spend the day off at the beach with friends and loved ones. We all know how expensive real estate can be when houses are by the beach with great views. But since I am not rich enough to own a house on the beach, I put the effort in to visit my closest beaches as much as I can. I also count my lucky stars to live in Vancouver BC where beaches are plentiful. Vancouver is also known for its rain so that makes me cherish sunny days a lot more.
Well that is all for now. Why do YOU go crabbing?