Two crabs in basket.GIF (29407 bytes)

Commercial Crabbing

Charlotte Gail.GIF (35999 bytes)

The typical crabbing boat has an enclosed helm and a long, open, work area with low sides (gunwales). Most utilize a motorized "line hauler" to hoist the crab pots from the water.

Stacked Pots.GIF (44595 bytes)

Crab pots are the tool of choice for commercial watermen. Most crabpots only last one or two seasons.

Menhaden.GIF (27740 bytes)

Watermen need a good bait to lure the blues inside. Eel, herring, and menhaden are excellent baits with menhaden being the most widely used. Most watermen check and re-bait their pots daily.

Open_Bushels.GIF (36038 bytes)

As the crabs are harvested, they are culled (sorted by size and type) and placed in wooden bushel baskets.


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