I hear you about the price of gas! I put $160.00 in the boat yesterday for 1/2 tank and $60.00 today in the truck for 7/8 of a tank!
About the crabs in CT...They are here! Get down to the shore and stop and ask at any bait shop. They should be able to tell you where to find them. Good luck!
I put 800 bucks in gas in the boats one week!