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davegering
06-25-2005, 11:04 AM
Went Crabbing down in Barnegat off the docks last Saturday the 23rd. We caught about 15 keepers and alot of throw backs. The crabs have just shredded their shells and it should be great crabbing in a few weeks.

JerseyDevil
06-25-2005, 08:55 PM
I miss crabbing. I really should go down there and go crabbing sometime. We used to go out all the time when I was younger. We had a boat too and used to go out into the bay.

JerseyDevil
04-12-2006, 10:50 AM
With spring here and summer approaching - I felt it was time to revive this thread. So who goes crabbing and where are your favorite places? We used to always go crabbing, off the docks and off our boat, most in the Barnegat Bay. W used to use the crab traps, but my favorite method was just to tie a piece of chicken to string, reel them up and net them. The crab trap I think takes all the fun out of it. :)

I remember when I moved back to NJ, I could definetly tell I was finally back, they sold crab traps right in the grocery stores in Beachwood where my cousins live. :) I want to go crabbing again, it's a relaxing time and unlike fishing, you're pretty much guaranteed of catching something. :!:

MITHRANDIR
04-13-2006, 10:27 AM
With spring here and summer approaching - I felt it was time to revive this thread. So who goes crabbing and where are your favorite places? We used to always go crabbing, off the docks and off our boat, most in the Barnegat Bay. W used to use the crab traps, but my favorite method was just to tie a piece of chicken to string, reel them up and net them. The crab trap I think takes all the fun out of it. :)

I remember when I moved back to NJ, I could definetly tell I was finally back, they sold crab traps right in the grocery stores in Beachwood where my cousins live. :) I want to go crabbing again, it's a relaxing time and unlike fishing, you're pretty much guaranteed of catching something. :!:

I went crabbing a few times with friends when I was younger. It was ok for me, but not something that I would normally do.

I think part of the lack of interest on my part is that I do not care much for eating a crab. (Also I did not like the thought of getting the pinch. ;) I usually walked around the bay with a net looking for the crabs.)

davegering
04-13-2006, 06:44 PM
Barnegat right off the dock. Going down there this weekend to check it out and to get the gear preped for the summer. We were catching 50 to 60 keepers a day last August.

joyzeegoil
07-12-2006, 03:39 PM
:help:

Was out there this past weekend with my kids -- has been SOOO long since I was crabbing. We were off the bulkheads down at Andy's by Barnegat Light. Only caught a few keepers, a bunch of littles. Was wondering what bait you all were using and when is the best time to go. I remember always coming home with a bunch and was almost disappointed. Guess I forgot how! LOL. Any help and guidance would be greatly appreciated.

Beth in NJ

JerseyDevil
07-12-2006, 03:52 PM
Welcome Joyzeegoil.

When we used to go, we used to always use either fish heads, or chicken. I think we mostly used fish heads. It could have been just yoru location, but sicne I have not been crabbing in ages I couldn't tell you. This summer, after I move down to Toms River this week (getting excited I think), I plan on going crab quite a bit and finding out where the beast places to go are. I know there are a number of docks on the bay sides of Barnegat Penisula (by Seaide Park) which are supposed to have good crabbing.

BTW - were you using net and line or were you doing it the easy way and just dropping in a crab trap? :) I always actually preferred the line and net method, because it was more like fishing and more interactive.

DebbieSans
07-31-2006, 12:11 PM
Last weekend we went for dinner at Barr's Landing in Sandy Hook, and kids were running around like crazy on the docks just scooping up crabs near the surface with nets. There sure seemed to be a lot of them...some pretty good sized, some small.

Debbie

jsjs
08-23-2006, 12:09 AM
Last weekend we went for dinner at Barr's Landing in Sandy Hook, and kids were running around like crazy on the docks just scooping up crabs near the surface with nets. There sure seemed to be a lot of them...some pretty good sized, some small.

Debbie

So excited to see you had lots of fun with crabbing. Can you tell the detailed crabbing locations? I am new with crabbing and have no ideas where I should go. Preferrable to locations no south over Asbury park.

Any suggestions are appreciated!

JerseyDevil
08-23-2006, 12:39 PM
jsjs - You don't want locations south of Asbury Park? That is where I am most familiar with. Let me know.

jsjs
08-23-2006, 04:03 PM
jsjs - You don't want locations south of Asbury Park? That is where I am most familiar with. Let me know.
Thanks, JerseyDevil! I live in Edison area and thought it will be too far for me to go for a early morning crabbing. But please post some of detailed locations south of Asbury Park. I may take a whole day trip. If you know any north of Asbury Park, it will be the best. Thanks again for your information!!

davegering
08-28-2006, 08:57 AM
I ve done some crabbing in Keyport. At the marina just off of 36 is a good spot

Hiknerhog
09-29-2006, 11:44 AM
Too early...

Cjolie
10-21-2006, 05:40 PM
Ahhhh, crabbing. On of the rituals I miss the most! It was a two day prcoess for us, the night before hitting the sand dunes and clam digging, then rising early for high tide to go crabbing on the bay. Planning a trip this summer to bring my father and siblings (with their children and grand children) to reunite everyone at the Jersey Shore. Hopefully we can share the old tradition with everyone, and give my father a taste of what we all remember so fondly!

JerseyDevil
10-23-2006, 01:28 PM
Ahhhh, crabbing. On of the rituals I miss the most! It was a two day prcoess for us, the night before hitting the sand dunes and clam digging, then rising early for high tide to go crabbing on the bay. Planning a trip this summer to bring my father and siblings (with their children and grand children) to reunite everyone at the Jersey Shore. Hopefully we can share the old tradition with everyone, and give my father a taste of what we all remember so fondly!
So where was your favorite crabbing spot? I miss having our boat, going out on the Barnegat Bay. Haven't done that since I was in high school - before we moved to Indiana. I'm just glad I'm back in NJ where I can now do these things. I hope next summer is better, than this past one.

JerseyDevil
06-25-2007, 12:39 AM
Okay - this is going to be a stupid question probably - but I'm going to ask anyway. Does anyone know if the Toms River Bay area - by the River Lady & Huddy Park - is salt water and a good crabbing location? I see people all the time with fishing poles, but I don't think I've seen people crabbing there. It may be brackish, since it's where the Toms River empties into the Barnegat Bay.

MITHRANDIR
06-25-2007, 07:04 PM
Okay - this is going to be a stupid question probably - but I'm going to ask anyway. Does anyone know if the Toms River Bay area - by the River Lady & Huddy Park - is salt water and a good crabbing location? I see people all the time with fishing poles, but I don't think I've seen people crabbing there. It may be brackish, since it's where the Toms River empties into the Barnegat Bay.

I know Barnegat Bay is good for crabbing. I think that Toms River is primarily fresh water. I am not sure where the salt/fresh water line is drawn. I will take a look into this and see if I can find any answers.

EDIT:**
According to EB, Crabs can be found in fresh water and salt water.

crab (Encyclopædia Britannica)

any short-tailed member of the crustacean order Decapoda—especially the Brachyura, or true crabs, but also other forms such as the Anomura, which may resemble them in appearance and habits. The approximately 4,500 species occur in all oceans, in fresh water, and on land.
Puget Sound king crab. [Photograph]. Retrieved June 25, 2007, from Encyclopædia Britannica Online: http://www.search.eb.com/eb/art-9684


http://www.bbep.org/about.htm
Toms River is part of the Barnegat Bay Estuary. A mixture of Fresh and Salt water.

JerseyDevil
06-25-2007, 07:20 PM
I know Barnegat Bay is good for crabbing. I think that Toms River is primarily fresh water. I am not sure where the salt/fresh water line is drawn. I will take a look into this and see if I can find any answers.
Thanks. We used to crab in Barnegat Bay, so I definitely know crabbing is good. there. Like you though, I don't know where the fresh water/salt water line is drawn. It would be rather embarrassing going out to Huddy park, dropping in crab lines and having everyone staring at me and then FINALLY someone coming up and saying "You know this IS fresh water!" :)

If I find out I'll post it.

BTW - good to see you around again. I was wondering where you went. I'm sure once political season starts the board will be hopping again. :)

MITHRANDIR
06-25-2007, 08:04 PM
Thanks. We used to crab in Barnegat Bay, so I definitely know crabbing is good. there. Like you though, I don't know where the fresh water/salt water line is drawn. It would be rather embarrassing going out to Huddy park, dropping in crab lines and having everyone staring at me and then FINALLY someone coming up and saying "You know this IS fresh water!" :)

If I find out I'll post it.

BTW - good to see you around again. I was wondering where you went. I'm sure once political season starts the board will be hopping again. :)

I am still here. Although I do not type as much as I used to. (school and other things.) Also since I adjusted the settings on my web browser, I need to login every time I visit here to be registered as a member. Sometimes I do not bother logging into the site and visit as a visitor.

I tried looking at a few sites by the NJDEP and other state sites but I could not find the info. (at least in a easy to find format. ;))

The best way might be to contact a crabbing/fisherman club.

131 Dukes St.
06-27-2007, 10:42 AM
The problem with crabbing nowadays is the fact that not many people throw back the small crabs or the females. For the most part they use the BS excuse I am going to use them for my pasta sauce.

JerseyDevil
06-27-2007, 05:41 PM
The problem with crabbing nowadays is the fact that not many people throw back the small crabs or the females. For the most part they use the BS excuse I am going to use them for my pasta sauce.
But it really doesn't matter what they want to use the crabs for. I'm mot sure how much they actually check for sizes anymore. I only went once last year, but didn't catch a single crab. I seriously hope the majority of people aren't being lazy and not throwing the small ones back because then in the future there will be no big ones.

grneyes6
07-19-2007, 02:53 PM
Legal size is 4 1/2 inches and yes they still do check. I was crabbing in Keyport last summer and a game warden pulled up. The ones I had were legal. My father toght me not to keep the littles or females. People further on the pier started dumping their catch back in.
Keyport has a nice little pier and waterfront area, but unfortunatly this year they are renovating it, so it's not a great crabbing spot. I was wondering if anyone knows any other places in the Raritan Bay area. I grew up in Sayreville crabbing at the old brickyards, but thats houses now.
Thanks

JerseyDevil
07-19-2007, 07:16 PM
Welcome grneyes6. I'm glad they check otherwise there won't be any crabs left because people like the ones who were on the pier with you throwing their catch back only when the warden came by.

As for crabbing in the Raritan Bay area - sorry I can't help you in that regard. I'm mostly familiar with the Ocean County area and limited at that. If you do find out any good spots can you make sure you post them here.

Jersey Warren
05-16-2008, 02:21 PM
This is an interesting thread for me. My Dad (who died in 1989 in Forked River) loved to go crabbing. When I was a boy we went to a place on the Shrewsbury River in Red Bank that rented boats so you could crab in the river. But that was 50 years ago!

My Dad also used to rent a boat from a place alongside Barnegat Bay not far from Toms River (maybe Island Heights or Ocean Gate.) Barnegat Bay used to be very rich in crabs. There is also lots of crabbing on the piers at the town of Barnegat, which is on the mainland side of the bay, not to be confused with Barnegat Light on Long Beach Island.