Oregon's Crabs

Everything you need to know to take crabs in Oregon's Coastal waters. Oregon's Crabs is the complete guide to taking Dungeness and red rock crabs on the Oregon Coast. The 80 page book, Oregon's Crabs every aspect of crabbing. It describes the cyclical movement of crabs from our bays, identifies the most productive baits and the most innovative and productive methods used to trap crabs from Oregon's Coastal waters using crab pots, crab rings, crab snares and the most effective Crab Max folding crab trap.

The Dungeness crabs in the cover photo were part of the thirty crabs we caught while crabbing from the north shore of Siletz Bay.

The Book includes all the information necessary to take Dungeness and red rock crabs from Oregon's Coastal Waters.

Evaluates the methods used to catch Dungeness and red rock crabs.

Updated maps of Oregon's Bays that disclose the areas of Oregon's Bays where crabs are commonly caught.

Describes the innovative methods used to humanly kill Dungeness and red rock crabs.

Describes How to Shake Crabs. Recover a higher percentage of crab meat using the method professional crab shakers use.

Family recipes that your family will love. Our recipes emphasize using cooking methods that enhance the naturally sweet flavor of crab meat to its full potential. This year's new original recipe for Oregon's Crab Tacos is worth the price of the book.

Personalize your copy of Oregon's Clams with an autograph by the author by entering your name or the name of the person you are giving the book to in the appropriate box on the payment page.

Even though our books are written for adults, launch a child on a lifelong adventure of taking Oregon's Crabs by giving them one of our books.

Eighty five year old crabber, Stan wrote, "Thanks for a great book, Bill... It answers all my questions and much more.  I'll be using box traps off my boat in Winchester Bay for a while.  Thanks, again, Stan"

Derek from Eugene writes, "Hey William, I wanted to just thank you for the new "crab max" traps that we received. We love them and they work great. Also the"Oregon Crabs" book is filled with helpful information. Thanks again Derek in Eugene".

The book Oregon's Crabs was the first publication in the NW to stress the importance of backing and cleaning crabs as soon as possible after being caught to minimize contamination of the body meat by marine toxins.

In today's environment it is important to back and clean the crabs immediately after being caught during periods with elevated Marine Toxins. Generally Dungeness crabs are safe to eat up to 2 hours after death. But in Today's environment the crab's powerful gastric fluids containing marine toxins can penetrate the body meat in the crab's honeycomb cartilage. This problem is eliminated by cleaning the crab by backing it as soon as they are caught. Of course all of this is a moot point and unnecessary when the ocean water is free from marine toxins. Always check the Shellfish Hotline prior to crabbing or digging clams. The importance of the accuracy of the Shellfish Hotline cannot be overstated.

Click HERE to order the new 80 page color edition of Oregon's Crabs for $20.00 plus the $3.60 shipping and handling the Post Office charges to mail the book.

CRAB MAX CRAB TRAPS

Folding crab traps are a recent innovation that is changing the face of crabbing from crab docks and the sandy shore. The Crab Max Crab Trap is made in Lincoln City by handicap man, Bill Paterek at 541-996-2427 and his blind buddy Merl. The Crab Max was named in honor of Bill's dog, Max.

Folding Crab Traps are a recent innovation that is changing the face of crabbing from crab docks. Crab Catch Capacity is the measure that separates the Crab Max from other folding crab traps. The 18 inch dimension really pays off when crabbing is hot as shown in the video clip of Dustin and I crabbing on the North shore of Siletz Bay.

On 09/23/14 Crabber Dustin scores again.

The "Neap" tidal condition at Taft, Siletz Bay that produced Dustin's crabbing success.

23 September 2014
44.9333° N, 124.0167° W

2014-09-23 Tue 00:19 PDT 5.91 feet High Tide
2014-09-23 Tue 06:33 PDT Moonrise
2014-09-23 Tue 06:57 PDT 0.66 feet Low Tide
2014-09-23 Tue 07:04 PDT Sunrise
2014-09-23 Tue 12:44 PDT 6.05 feet High Tide
2014-09-23 Tue 18:52 PDT Moonset
2014-09-23 Tue 19:11 PDT Sunset
2014-09-23 Tue 19:17 PDT 0.79 feet Low Tide
2014-09-23 Tue 23:13 PDT New Moon

The two most important dates on the crabbing calendar are the vernal equinox of the summer solstice and the autumnal equinox . Crabbing from the north shore was a planned event to see if we enjoyed the same level of success that we experienced at the vernal equinox of the summer solstice. The Equinoxes is when the sunlight shines equally on both the southern hemisphere and the northern hemisphere. The crabs were taken by my friend, Dustin and myself using the Crab Max folding crab traps baited with turkey necks, wings, legs and chicken legs. Ultimately, we retained 22 hard shell barnacle encrusted crabs. We returned 9 plus soft shell legal sized male crabs to the water. Our success of taking limits of Dungeness yesterday, September 23 exceeded our expectations!!!

The CRAB MAX shown below in the open position with a white hand line is a proven folding crab trap that outperforms conventional crab rings and other folding crab traps. The 18 inch dimension pays huge dividends when crabbing is Hot. Click HERE to see the order information to purchase the CRAB MAX.

Crab Max shown with a hand line along with instructions. Quality materials and catch capacity distinguish the Crab Max from other folding crab traps.

Using the Crab Max folding crab trap is the most cost effective method used to take crabs from Oregon's bays. Consider that crabbing from the shore with folding crab traps has become the primary recreational activity for many families.

The Crab Max Trap is easily the finest folding crab trap on the market today. Made from high quality stainless steel and materials the Crab Max crab trap is easily used with a hand line using our, "T Handle" to deploy the Crab Max crab trap or fishing pole as shown below.

The crabber in the photograph was able to deliver the Crab Max 80 feet into the bay on her 2nd try. Her frist attempt went 30 feet but she achieved success on the 2nd attempt demostrating that children of all ages can crab with the Crab Max folding crab trap.

The use of hand lines and the quality of materials is the difference between our crab trap and other crab traps. You will be using our folding crab traps long after you have thrown the others away. The development of hand lines with the "T Handle" is exclusive to Crab Max crab traps and used to deploy the trap effectively 100 feet from the crabbing dock or the sandy shore the first time you use them.

Walking the walk and talking the talk with Crab Max crab traps. Click on Yaquina Bay, to view video of crabbing in Yaquina Bay. Click on More crabbing in Yaquina Bay to view Bill crabbing in Yaquina Bay and humanly killing Dungeness and red rock crabs. Click HERE to order the Crab Max Crab Traps.

Click on the photograph to view a short video clip of the Dungeness crabs caught in Siletz Bay using Crab Max crab traps.

In today's environment it is important to back and clean the crabs immediately after being caught during periods with elevated Marine Toxins. Generally Dungeness crabs are safe to eat up to 2 hours after death; but in Today's environment the crab's powerful gastric fluids containing marine toxins can penetrate the body meat in the crab's honeycomb cartilage. This problem is eliminated by cleaning the crab by backing it as soon as they are caught. Of course all of this is a moot point and unnecessary when the ocean water is free from marine toxins. Always check the Shellfish Hotline prior to crabbing or digging clams. The importance of the accuracy of the Shellfish Hotline cannot be overstated. The shipping and handling charge applies to the first crab trap ordered only.

Pictured above avid crabber, Bill Lackner displays two of 14 large red rock crabs he caught crabbing off the Bay Street Pier in Yaquina Bay using a Crab Max folding crab traps with a surf rod. Bill caught lots of Dungeness crabs but they were either larger females or males that were 1/4 to 1/16 of an inch too short to keep.

Pictured below, it is common to catch up to 3 legal sized crabs at a time when the crabs are in the bays; however, I used only 1 Crab Max with a hand line to catch the 3 legal Dungeness crabs shown below from the Coast Guard Pier in Winchester Bay. Three Dungeness crabs were all I needed to make a wonderful Crab Louie while my wife and I were camped at nearby Eel Lake.

Crabbing with the Crab Max crab trap using a hand line with our, "T Handle" is user friendly for crabbers of all ages; especially women and children. It is easier for women and children to use the hand line. My grandsons, Brandon age 11 and Zac age 8, have really gotten into crabbing using the Crab Max with hand lines. Bill

The CRAB MAX crab trap is innovative by design and easy to use. The CRAB MAX comes equipped with a 100 feet hand line with our exclusive, "T Handle or sold individually without hand lines. Compare and consider the difference in the photos below. A 5 gallon bucket, a Crab Max crab trap and bait versus the wheel barrow and all the other stuff. Click HERE to purchase our crab traps.

Do not cut or untie any of the lines on the Crab Max crab trap.

Truly versatile, the Crab Max is compact and easy to use with a hand line

To use the crab max with a hand line uncoil the hand line then reverse coil the hand line back toward the wooden hand line holder. Open the trap by sliding the ball bearing swivel off of the bait pin. Unfold the crab trap. Open the bait clip by sliding the bait pin sleeve of the bait pin. Insert the bait pin through a chicken leg. Fasten the bait pin containing the chicken leg to the trap by sliding the bait pin sleeve over the bait pin. Step on the wooden line holder, grasp the hand line by the T Handle and look behind you to ensure the area is clear.

Spin the crab trap several times in a circular motion and throw the crab trap into the water as the trap swings upward. When crabbing is good wait for 5 minutes before pulling the Crab Max crab trap filled with all sizes of Dungeness Crabs. Well, when crabbing is slow wait longer and read a book, fish, picnic or record your crabbing adventure with your family and friends with photos or on video. Crab at your own risk by not wearing gloves. Protect your finger by wearing gloves when deploying or retrieving the Crab Max crab trap to prevent injuring you fingers.

Click on the photo to view the video clip of our crabbing adventure to Siletz Bay during the vernal equinox. The video clip demonstrates the importance of crabbing during the ernal equinox of the summer solstice and the autumnal equinox . Crabbing from the north shore was a planned event to see if we enjoyed the same level of success that Dustin experienced at the vernal equinox of the summer solstice. The Equinoxes is when the sunlight shines equally on both the southern hemisphere and the northern hemisphere. The crabs were taken by my friend, Dustin and myself using the Crab Max folding crab traps baited with turkey necks, wings, legs and chicken legs. Ultimately, we retained 23 hard shell barnacle encrusted crabs. We returned 9 plus soft shell legal sized male crabs to the water. Our success of taking limits of Dungeness yesterday, uring the September equinox exceeded our expectations!!!

Crab Max crab traps are available through our Websites or one of our scheduled Crab Clinic classes sponsored each spring and summer by the Driftwood Library and the Lincoln City Visitor's Bureau and at various retail outlets along the Oregon coast from Brooking to Astoria; however, the Crab Max and Crab Daddy products are not available at either BiMart or Ace Hardware in Lincoln City.

To order the Crab Max Folding crab traps: order 1 or more Crab Max crab traps with hand line for $30.00 ea. Order 2 or more Crab Max crab traps with hand lines for $30.00 ea for a total of $60.00 plus S&H. Order 3 Crab Max crab traps for $30.00 ea for a total of $90.00 plus S&H. To order 4 or more crab traps follow the instructions on the payment page to modify the quantity ordered to match the number of traps you wish to order for $30.00 ea. and click on the Check Out Button. Making a gift of the Crab Max folding crab trap and hand line to a child is a gift that will last a lifetime. Click HERE to view payment instructions for Crab Max crab traps.

The shipping and handling charge applies to the first crab trap ordered only. Save the shipping and handling charge by picking up the traps and hand lines at my home at 136 SW Brook ST. Newport, Or 97365, 541-265-5847 or wile attending one of our FREE 2017 crabbing or clamming clinics. If your visiting Lincoln City purchase the Crab Max crab traps from Bill Paterek's home at 4800 SE Inlet space #3 Lincoln City 97367. Call 541-996-2427.

The amount of the shipping and handling based on your zip code. The shipping and handling charge varies from $8.75 for residents of Oregon or Washington and $9.75 for residents of California or Idaho and increasing amounts for residents of other states. The shipping and handling charge applies to the first crab trap ordered only.

For those of you who are new to crabbing we recommend saving $5.50 by ordering the Crab Max Starter Kit. The Crab Max Starter Kit consist of a Crab Max Crab Trap with a hand line, a crab gage, a Crab Daddy wooden crab mallet and the book Oregon's crabs for $45.50.

Order multiple crab traps for $30.00 ea on our website and you'll save $5.00 per trap over the retail price commonly charged at coastal retail outlets. Click on Crab Max Starter Kit or HERE to purchase Crab Max crab traps with hand lines.

The wooden crab mallet is a recent addition to our family of products. My wife and grandsons use our crab mallets whenever we shake and pick large numbers of crabs. Using a crab mallet in conjunction with shaking crab will cut your crab picking time to minutes rather than hours.

The wooden crab mallet can be used to humanely kill crabs by turning the crab over onto it's back and striking the crab at the point of its abdominal flap before backing, cleaning and cooking the crabs.

How to humanely kill Dungeness and red rock crabs is the question my wife wants me to answer. She can't stand to see anything suffer. Striking the Thoracic ganglion with a crab mallet kills the crab immediately. The crab does not suffer as it would if submerged in boiling water and neither does my wife. Killing and backing the crabs prior to cooking them shortens the total time it takes to cook and clean large numbers of crabs.

Klling and backing the crabs prior to cooking them offers the crabber several advantages: it reduces the potential for accidents when adding live crabs to a pot of boiling water, eliminates contact with the crab butter and internal organs thereby reducing exposure to marine toxins, exposes the crab meat to the flavor of spices added to the boiling water such as those found in Crab Boil and is a real time saver of 12 minutes v 20 minutes of more when cooking large numbers of crabs.

Ghost, Goblin and Crab tides Netarts Bay, Oregon

31 October 2017 - 31 October 2017
45.4300° N, 123.9450° W

2017-10-31 03:30 PDT Moonset
2017-10-31 04:42 PDT 0.92 feet Low Tide
2017-10-31 07:54 PDT Sunrise
2017-10-31 10:53 PDT 6.23 feet High Tide
2017-10-31 16:41 PDT Moonrise
2017-10-31 17:27 PDT 1.39 feet Low Tide
2017-10-31 18:03 PDT Sunset
2017-10-31 23:00 PDT 5.63 feet High Tide

Oh boy! On 10/31 saw us taking Halloween crabs at Netarts Bay..

We managed to take 4 Dungeness crabs before the incoming tide limited our ability to reach the channel that was active with crabs. Happy with the four crabs we caught we cooked them at the Big Spruce R/V Park. Eating fresh caught and cooked dipped in garlic butter is as good as it gets.

Crabbing before dawn produced these two beauties just after low tide. 2017-10-31 04:42 PDT 0.92 feet Low Tide.

Halloween crabbing at Netarts Bay yields 36 Ghost crabs for 4 crabbers:

I watched Zach from the Big Spruce instruct four crabbers on the method he uses to clean the 36 crabs for cooking. Zach's method is fast and efficient and cuts the drudgery out of cleaning crabs.

Click HERE to see the order information for our wooden crab mallet. $3.00 per mallet is a great price for this time saver. The shipping cost of a $1.95 applies to the first crab mallet only. Divide the work by having 3 or 4 on hand when it is time to shake the multiple limits of crabs that you, your family members and friends caught. Bill

Our Crab Gage is a new item to our product line for $2.50. The Shipping and handling charge applies to the first crab gage only. Order a half a dozen to reduce the cost of the shipping and handling charge. Click HERE to see the order information for our Crab Max crab traps, crab mallet and crab gage.

The 100 foot Hand lines with our exclusive, "T handle" are the most efficient way to deploy the Crab Max crab trap, especially for women and children. Not only are hand lines the most efficient they are the most economical. We recommend to crabbers using fishing poles to use the Crab Max crab trap to order hand lines as backup should their fishing rods or reels fail. The hand lines are also purchased by crabbers who use them on other brands of folding crab traps. The avarge wooden hand line holder usually contains 100 feet of 200 pound test line but some contain more or less than 100 feet of line. The cost of the hand lines is $9.00 per hand line plus $6.80 shipping and handling charge. The shipping and handling charge applies to the first hand line shipped.

Click HERE to see the product and pricing information for the Crab Max crab traps and the other fine products we sell.

CRAB WATCH

Clam Watch and the Clam Diggers Association of Oregon has started a clam digging and crabbing Forum (Message Board) to broaden the scope of our service to clam diggers and crabbers. The Forum Board will add a new dimension to the ability of clam diggers to relate their experiences to one another. Make you voice heard. Your opinion counts!

  PHOTO GALLERY OF EVENTS

Click HERE to view photo gallery of clam digging activities. Participate! Share your clam digging and crabbing adventures and recipes with us. Post your photographs and clam recipes by email at clamdigginginfo@gmail.com.

RELATED LINKS OF INTEREST FOR CRABBERS AND CLAM DIGGERS

Click on the following links for additional information about taking crabs in the Pacific Northwest. Click on ODFW's website crab page or click HERE to view Washington State's information on recreational crabbing or click HERE to view California's information on recreational crabbing. Click HERE to view Alaska's comments on Dungeness Crabs and HERE for permits and regulations for SE Alaska. Click HERE to view Dungeness Crabs at Netarts Bay. PDF file Species Profile for Dungeness Crabs. Click HERE to view a video of cleaning Dungeness crabs.

Additional related links of interest for clam diggers to the NOAA Tide Tables for you area, Always call the shellfish Hotline at (503) 986-4728 or 1-800-448-2474 toll free outside of Oregon before harvesting crabs or shellfish for messages listing the areas closed to harvesting crabs or shellfish due to high levels of marine toxins. ODFW Shellfish Regulations. Return to Oregon's Razor Clam Page.