Catching blue crabs with a crabpot, plus some slimy surprises!. Cool video of my son and I using our crabpot for the first time teaching ourselves how to catch blue crabs. We soaked the crabpot in Ocean City, New Jersey during Labor Day weekend accessing our spot with a sea eagle 330 kayak.
Some notes below with some of NJ State regulations for 2015.
New Jersey regulations state that each crab pot entry point needs to have Terrapin Turtle excluders that are 2x6 inches wide. ALL commercial style crab pots must be constructed to include a biodegradable panel to provide a means of escape for marine organisms if a pot becomes abandoned or lost. We didn't catch any big crabs over 6"... I wonder if the turtle excluders prevented this although research that I read suggests this is not the case? All hard crab keepers should be 4.5 inches measured from point to point. Female crabs with eggs need to be released immediately.
Keep the crabs cool with an ice pack, moist seaweed or wet towel inside a cooler or bushel basket. 50 degress is ideal. Do not put them in water because they will suck all the oxygen out of it and
drown. They can last several days in a moist cool atmosphere without being in water. The maximum harvest and/or possession limit of crabs is one bushel a day although we didn't get near that.
We caught about 19 during the weekend. I would recommend fresh bait each time and discarding the old bait.
After reviewing the regulations, I'm not sure if we are supposed to release eels caught in a crab pot? Does anyone know?
All crab pots must be checked and emptied of all crabs and other organisms at least once every 72 hours. We checked ours every 24 hrs this weekend.
Each crab pot shall be clearly and visibly marked with a buoy, stake or permanent identification tag bearing the license number of the owner. All crab pot buoys shall be marked with fluorescent or reflective paint, tape or other reflective material or reflectors.
A recreational crab pot license is only $2, which is great.
They are available for purchase online at: www.NJ.WildlifeLicense.com or at any Fish and Wildlife-certified license agent.
Some more notes regarding the turtle modifications needed for the crabpot from the NJ Wildlife
These crab pot modifications will help reduce the unintentional drowning of terrapins and allow for escapement of these and other species in the event that pots are lost or abandoned. Terrapin excluder devices must be no larger than 2-inch high by 6-inch wide and securely fastened inside each funnel entrance. Biodegradable panels must measure at least 6½-inch wide by 5-inch high and
be located in the upper section of the crab pot. The panel must be constructed of, or fastened to the pot with wood lath, cotton, hemp, sisal or jute twine not greater than 3/16” diameter, or non-stainless steel, uncoated ferrous metal not greater than 3/32” diameter. The door or a side of the pot may serve as the biodegradable panel ONLY if it is fastened to the pot with any of the material specified above. Crabbers should be aware that ALL non-collapsible, Chesapeake-style crab pots MUST be licensed and marked with the gear identification number of the owner.
How to cook crabs:
make sure the crabs are alive before cooking, we rinse and then ice them down to put them "asleep"... wait till your wife is away
so you can stink up the house ... we steam our crabs with a mixture of 1" water and 1" vinegar. Layer crabs and old bay seasoning. Steam for 25 minutes and then you're in for a treat!
How to cook eels:
We skin and gut our eels and then rinse under cold water. Then we coat them with flour, old bay, cajun seasoning, onion salt, garlic powder, etc. and fry them like KFC Chicken in oil ... they taste like fish and are really good!
Hope you enjoyed the video. Crabbing with kids is so much fun. If you crab off docks using manual basket traps, it is much simpler than our attempts in this video.
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