Sunday, May 15, 2011

The Hawthornes Go A-Crabbin'.

One of the nicest things about living where we do, is that whenever blue crabs are in season (April - October), we can walk out in the backyard, bait a crab cage, and toss it in the canal. In a few hours, we'll have a nice catch of Callinectes sapidus.
Join the Hawthornes for a little blue crab fun over the span of a few days.
We kept the crabs in a cooler with ice for three days until we had enough to pick for a nice meal. They sleep until they are awakened by a nice hot bath. Pour a little water in the pot- about an inch. The crabs go in cold. Bring the water to a boil and boil for about 12 minutes. Happy crab-pickin'!


Marilyn said...

Man, that is the life!

Are there any regulations you have to follow in trapping your own crabs?

Rosie Hawthorne said...

Mar, here's the NC Fisheries guide for size and bag limits:

For the blue crab, minimum width of the carapace is 5 inches, maximum is 6 3/4 inches. Bag limit per person is 50 crabs per day, not to exceed 100 crabs per vessel per day.