I had a few family friends that came to town for a week and they were excited to try out dungeness crabbing. Unfortunately the whole month had been full of cloud and rain. Weather forecast predicted that the coming Sunday was going to be clouds with a chance of rain. We took the chance and headed out at 10:00 AM Sunday morning. We picked up bait at the Price Smart Foods grocery store nearby and arrived at the beat at 10:30 AM. After setting up the gear, we jumped onto the boat and released our first crab cage at 11:00 AM. We went 50 yards out to release our second crab cage at roughly 11:15 AM. After both crab pots were dropped, we relaxed and enjoyed our sandwiches that I had bought earlier that morning.
The day started out cloudy with light rain when I left my house but by 11:30 AM, sun started peeking out of the clouds with no sign of rain. It was around 20 degrees which is not too warm and not too cold. The day was starting to look like another excellent day for crabbing.
Since we had the whole day reserved for crabbing, I decided to take my party of three around the lake for some sight seeing. To my surprise, there weren’t too many people crabbing. Usually there are plenty of buoys in the water with plenty of other casual crabbers like myself out in their inflatable boat. The beach was more empty than usual as well.
By noon, we headed back to our original spot where our buoys were. It was quite easy to find our buoys since there were not too many crabbers but we had passed by other crabbers in different areas of the lake.
Dungeness Crab Trap 1. The Result:
We caught eight crabs in total for our first cage which is quite impressive. What was not impressive was the fact that all of the dungeness crabs were undersized. The largest crab measured in at 5.5 inches which is 1 inch smaller than the legal size. Only 1 female was caught which we took a nice snapshot seen in the picture above. I proceeded to open up the cage and dumped all the crabs back into the water.
Even though none of the crabs were large enough to keep, The company I had with me had a blast seeing all the crabs caught inside the crab cage and that made my day. but anyway, Lets see what crab cage 2 gave us.
Dungeness Crab Trap 2. the Results:
After reeling in the first crab cage, We headed out further than the second crab cage. Approximately 70 feet further. We then headed back to get our second crab cage. After pulling up the 100 feet line, we feasted our eyes on one crab. It was quite amusing and depressing at the same time considering how well the first cage did compared to the second cage. The crab caught was undersized as well so we threw him back and continued with our sandwiches and sightseeing.The good news was that it was clear sky with only 25 percent covered with cloud. I noticed a few other inflatable boats on the water and more people hanging out on the beach.
The Largest Dungeness crab Ever Caught.
At 2:00 PM, after four or five crab pots, we hit the jackpot and snatched the largest dungeness crab I had ever caught. The big guy measured a tad bit over seven inches. He was a beast of a dungeness!!! The crab pot he was pulled from had four crabs and only one was a female which we threw back. The pictures of the dungeness crabs are listed below. Enjoy!
The End Result Of Sept 1st Crabbing Trip:
September 1st was an interesting day for crabbing. The weather will get colder until next spring/summer. We caught a lot of undersized crabs. Here are the results.
- cage 1 – 8 crabs – 0 kept
- cage 2 – 1 crab – 0 kept
- cage 3 – 5 crabs – 0 kept
- cage 4 – 4 crabs – 3 kept
- cage 5 – 6 crabs – 0 kept
- cage 6 – 5 crabs – 0 kept
We ended the day at 4:00 PM since we had other plans in the evening. I would love to catch one more crab to reach my daily limit but 3 crabs were good enough for my friends from out of town. All and all, it was a very good experience for someone from out of town to do an unorthodox activity such as crabbing. They had a blast. Unfortunately the weather is not getting any better so the next time I will be out in the water is next spring/summer.