- The Princess -
Yes - it was 80 today and hotter coming for a few days. Doesn't often happen here in the air-conditioned Pacific NW, so we are not used to it. Lots of fans!
Here is some crabbing info and pix.
Dungeness crab are quite plentiful around here and the season is currently open until end of September. Keep 5 males per day per person, must be at least 6 1/4" across the back. A person can have two traps going at once.
Normally, BL and a friend go crabbing about once a week in a nice boat and get their limits very fast and that is usually enough crab for us for the week!
There is a dock at Coronet Bay, just south of Deception Pass. It floats and so it rises and falls with the tides. The dock is part of the State Park and many boaters moor to it for the night and also to await the slack tides through Deception Pass. I heard it has some dungeness crab there and so I went early last Wednesday morning to check it out, since no boat is needed!
The dock was chock-a-block full of boats, including the Lady Washington, a big sailing ship replica of the boat Robert Gray sailed to discover the mouth of the Columbia River in 1792. (A sort of sister ship, the Hawiian Chieftan, was also there.) So I hung my traps over the edge, baited with chicken pieces, in between the boats and took my chances. Didn't work - pretty well skunked - lots of little ones and females.
But, by 10:30 all the boats left so I had the whole dock to try out, and I did - still to no avail. A few other crabbers were there too, a couple keepers amongst the lot of them.
Fortunately, the next day BL and friend saved the day by scoring fine so I am about to shuck some and enjoy a big Crab Louie!!! Good to have a woman who knows how to bring home the bacon, so to speak!
The far end of Coronet Bay empties out well as the tide falls and here are some of a flock of about 50 blue herons standing in the shallow water, way over there, fishing and feeding!
Close up of a few of the birds ...