How to Catch Blue Crab
Introducing the Blue Crab
In Maine, the blue crab can be found living on the western coast of the Atlantic Ocean, extending south right into the Gulf of Mexico. Being one of the hardier species found beneath the surface, blue crabs can bear up under a remarkable range of conditions, which is fortunate because blue crabs are also one of the most fished species of crab in the United States. Commercial crabbing for blue crab remains popular even in the present, but recreational crabbers can also find success with simpler and less expensive tools.
Preparing to Catch the Blue Crab
For starters, recreational crabbers need bait to bring blue crabs into catching range. Since blue crabs are opportunistic scavengers, said individuals have numerous options available to them, ranging from bait fish to eel, menhaden, and even scrap cuts of meat. In the end, all manner of meat is suitable for use as bait so long as it is cheap and tough, though meats closer to rotting are supposed to emit stronger smells that are more effective at bringing in blue crabs.
Recreational crabbers can purchase crab pots, but there is a simpler option in using nets. For catching blue crabs with a net, recreational crabbers will need dip nets, headlights, and protective clothing. Headlights can help recreational crabbers see at night, while protective clothing such as gloves can help protect them from potential problems such as crab pincers.
Catching the Blue Crab
Blue crabs can be found in a surprising range of environments, so it might be best to ask other recreational crabbers about the best locations for recreational crabbing. Better still; speaking to such individuals is also an excellent source of information that can help recreational crabbers pass the learning stages as soon as possible.
Regardless, there are a number of methods that recreational crabbers can use to catch blue crabs with a net. Some recreational crabbers prefer to stalk blue crabs in the shallows, while others might choose to reel them in with fishing line before netting them close to the surface. Bear in mind that blue crabs should be stored in a bucket filled with water, since that will keep them safe for cooking and eating.