Chesapeake Blue Crab
04 November 2015
One of the delights of the Chesapeake are the blue crabs. Annapolis sports the best crab cakes at Chick and Ruth's and acceptable ones are sauted on Uproar.
Picking your own, especially ones you caught are the best. We have had limited success with catching our own. Harness Creek was the first place we tried. I had the requisite chicken backs and string. We were pulling them up but had no net to grab them. Barbeque tongs were our only way to "boat" them. I missed about half of them but it sure was fun sport.
Glyn bought a trout net for us to use and that has worked well. We caught a few nice ones. Laura and I had a pile of them for dinner in St Michaels. It was a tasty mess!
A few weeks later we were in Reedville with Bill and Judy. A local lunch spot and commercial fishing dock had a special, 3 dozen steamed crabs for $40. This included about 1/2 pound of Old Bay Seasoning! We set up on a picnic table by the water and they brought the crabs in a large paper bag.
Lisa decided to join the crab busting fun. But after about two sets of claws she said, "This just isn't fun" and went inside to order a fish sandwich. Bill, Judy and I kept at it until we ate every last one of them. We scooped the carnage into a trash can then sloshed the table down with buckets of water from the creek.
We caught a few more but the weather turned cold and they quit biting my very stinky chicken parts. My crabbing career is now over.