First time crabbing

Summer in Seattle is (finally) in full swing! After a few waves of chilly days sandwiched between hot scorchers, we’re just about to wrap up the first full week of mid to high 20s (or 80s, as most of this country refers to temperatures)! Everyone always refers to Seattle as being the rainy city, but the Summers are what we all live for. This year, I’m trying my best to stay busy and make the most of the sunny days.

Crabbing in Seattle: Throwing the crab cage
A few weekends ago, a handful of friends and I woke up bright and early and headed to one of the piers to try crabbing in Seattle. Having never been before, I had no idea what to expect. With one friend in the group having crabbed before, he sent out a list of supplies we needed to bring in order to participate, in addition to a crabbing license. All together, we brought a couple ring traps, a couple cages, and a few law chairs to hang out on while we waited for the crabs to take to the bait.

tiny pacific crab
Pulling the traps and cages in every 20 minutes made for a super exciting – and tiring – morning. With every pull, there was so much excitement in anticipation for what we would find. More times than not, we’d either come up empty or with crabs that didn’t meet the minimum size requirement and had to be put back in the water. The tiny Pacific crab baby in the photo above definitely had to be returned to the water, but I loved being able to hold her and get a better look at her beautiful shell.

crabbing in Ballard, Seattle
The most prominent type of species we caught was the Red Rock crab. After being camped out at the pier for a little over 4 hours, we ended up with 1 Pacific and 8 Red Rock crabs. Not bad for a morning of learning, soaking in the sunshine, and great laughs!

crabbing in Seattle
If you ever get the chance to go crabbing in Seattle, I’d highly recommend it! Be sure to bring lots of sunscreen and a good book to help pass the time. I can’t wait for the next trip to the pier for more crabbing shenanigans!

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  • Fat White Cat

    Love crabbing! You guys should try Kayak point! It’s a bit far out, but there’s more Dungeness!

    • Thanks for the recommendation!! In the two times we’ve been crabbing this summer, only ever caught one Dungeness… only to put it back in the water because it was too small. Will have to add Kayak Point to the list of locations to check out next!