Originally Posted by Camping Couple
Are the blue crabs what you are referring too? When I was in the Coast Guard stationed in New Jersey, we would net the blue claw crabs and steam them....yum!
Yes, we ate blue crabs in Baltimore. I caught them using a hand line with a big battery clip as a sinker that also served as a way to hold the bait (cut up eel). The crabs just grabbed the the bait and I just slowly raised the line with the crabs holding onto the bait of their own, not troubled by the fact that they were being lifted up through the water. Before they broke the surface, we would scoop them with a net. Kind of like fishing without a hook and counting on the fish to hold on tight. I sure do miss eating those crabs. Don't get me wrong, I also love the big Dungeness crabs we get here in the NW, but there's something so satisfying about picking those delicious morsels out of a blue crab steamed with Old Bay. As you know, eating crabs in the East is a very social activity. Put some newspaper on the picnic table, dump out the crabs, and away you go.
We caught a big Dungeness crab off Guemes Island last year using a rented rowboat and a crab pot. Our young boys named the crab Larry and we kept him in a bucket with cold water. When suppertime came, my wife and I looked at each other anxiously. But our boys thought eating Larry was a great idea and he was delicious. I'm still puzzling over whether their reaction was a good or bad thing...