Crabbing for blue crab can also be a family activity – and if you don’t have access to a kitchen or don’t care to cook, it can be a lesson in catch and release. Blue crabs can be found in the back bays and passes during the summer months.
Gulf State Park Pier is a great place to go recreational crabbing or fishing. You can purchase your license at the pier, bring a basket and have access to all of the facilities. There are bait and tackle, souvenirs, and concessions available as well.
The most common method used to catch blue crabs is a crab basket. Purchase these inexpensive tools at a tackle shop near the beach, then dropped from a pier, sea wall, kayak or canoe.
Baskets aren’t the only way to catch blue crabs. The most basic crabbing is accomplished with a line and bait. You don’t even need a hook. Just tie the bait to the end of the line with a sinker. Drop the line and when a crab finds it, pull him slowly to the shore. A net will be necessary if you plan to keep the crab for dinner. Crabs are not picky eaters, so you can use most anything for bait – fish parts work well. Have a container to keep your crab alive to make sure it is safe to consume.
Keep in mind that, even for recreational crabbing, you must have a saltwater fishing license. Happy crabbing!
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