Posted by Schaefers Canal House on 7/2/2014
Crabbing is both a commercial business as well as a family fun activity. Crabbing involves the catching and eating of these succulent crustaceans. The crab most commonly caught and eaten along the Chesapeake is known as the blue crab. There is nothing better than coming home and having a delicious meal of blue crabs with the family. Blue crabs are found in saltwater. This also includes brackish water also known as tidal water. These areas include saltwater marshes, bays, inlets and the ocean. Crabs also prefer to be near underwater structures such as pilings (usually from docks), bridges and sunken shipwrecks. Crabs have claws and will pinch you. If this happens do not panic. Pull the crab away from you with your other hand until the claw breaks off the crab or hold underneath so the crab cannot pinch. Usually, one can hold the crab by both claws. Crabs have size limits that change annually. If the crab has an egg sac it must be released by Law. Here at Schaeffer’s Canal House, our marina will have all the information concerning the season, as well as any other restrictions. There are other crabs local to the Chesapeake Bay such as green crabs and spider crabs. These crabs are not edible and if caught should be released.
Crabbing in Chesapeake Bay is great fun and an experience to be remembered. Remember to drop by Schaeffer’s if you don’t have any luck that particular day. We have a wonderful variety of seafood dishes including blue crab delicacies. If you are boating, you may need to gas up or stock up on gear at our marina. Also, if you just to chill with a cold beverage, you can relax in our bar or out on the deck for great views of the Chesapeake. Good luck with your crabbing expeditions and hope to see you drop by soon!