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Nov 2, 2009 07:23 PM

crab season opens November 15

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  1. I really wonder if the most recent leak that wiped out the herring will affect the crab.

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        There are indeed crabs in the bay, but it is illegal to take them.

        1. re: OldTimer

          Right, that's why they come from the coast. The ones in the Bay aren't full-grown.

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            Thank you both for the education. Next stop, bib and drawn butter.

            1. re: saffrongold

              I was hoping to go on a charter boat for the crab combo trip on the sportfishing opener on 11/7, but the high swells forced the boats to cancel. Will try again later in the week but ahead of the commercial opener.

              1. re: baron45

                does your charter depart from Emeryville? I've fished salmon and rockfish but never the crab combo... what a bonus!

                1. re: Cynsa

                  No, I am going out of HMB this year. Unfortunately, the rockfish season closed this year on Oct 31 in our area (i.e. Farallon Islands) so the Emeryville boats are doing crab/sand dab combo trips instead. The HMB boats still have til Nov 15 to go for rockfish south of Pigeon Pt.

                  1. re: baron45

                    Any early reports on how the season is starting out? I know last year was a really bad year for dungeness from the get-go and stayed slow all year.

                    1. re: Bunson

                      I read recently that it'll be 2 or so years before things pick up again (bigger crabs, larger catches, longer season) since crab yields are cyclical.

                    2. re: baron45

                      me, too... I went out at Pillar Point Harbor - but not this season :^(

                      Pillar Point Harbor
                      Princeton Avenue (at Broadway Street), Pillar Point HBR Half Moon Bay, CA

                      1. re: Cynsa

                        I went out Wednesday and we had limits of crab (6 per person) for 27 people on board the Tigerfish. Most of the crab were decent sized but only a few jumbos. The pots were averaging about a dozen crab each.

                        1. re: baron45

                          and how are you eating/cookin' these lively beauties? do you have crab tales to share with us?

                          1. re: Cynsa

                            Boiled all 6 as soon as I got home. Cooked some of them Chinese-style that night, i.e. stir-fried w/ ginger, green onions, garlic, soy sauce, etc. The others were plain with fresh lemon & cocktail sauce. Tasty both ways.

                              1. re: Cynsa

                                Cynsa, here's some video footage of the crabbing action. Not quite Deadliest Catch, but the crabs taste good.


                                1. re: baron45

                                  this is way cool - Dungeness Crab & Rockfish Combo Trip on the Tigerfish 11/11/2009 - I can feel the ocean spray and smell the sea -
                                  ♥ the video!

              2. re: Robert Lauriston

                I read this in the Chronicle today: "Crabs are produced on a four- to seven-year cycle, meaning that depending on potential affects in the future of two recent oil spills into the San Francisco Bay, crabs should be produced in greater quantities again.
                It's hard to tell what affects the 2007 Cosco Busan oil spill and another, smaller one at the end of October will have on crabs. Grader said the juvenile crabs would be most affected by the oil, and it will take a few years for them to mature."

                1. re: saffrongold

                  "Crabs leave the Bay after approximately 1 year ..."


                  More than you probably want to know about these creatures:


        2. Article on prospects for the crab season in today's SF Chronicle:

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            1. re: DavidT

              The boat I went on last week for sport-crabbing is now doing commercial crabbing. They are going to be selling at Pillar Pt for $5 a pound to the public on the dates posted on their website. I'm sure there will also be a few other boats selling crab as well as some fresh fish.