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 $13.00 plus the $3.40 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 and his blind buddy Merl. The Crab Max was named in honor of Bill's dog, Max.

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.

The Crab Max crab trap hand lines we sell are retro-fitted with the new and improved closed cross lock snap to facilitate the safe use of the hand line we sell. We recommend wearing gloves while using the Crab Max crab trap to prevent cutting or receiving rope burns or use at your own risk.

We absorbed most of the cost of the manufacture's last price increase except for the $2.00 that we must pass on to the first trap. The cost of the Crab Max folding crab traps at local retail outlets in the Lincoln City area is 34.95 ea. Our price structure varies downward from $32.00 for 1 crab trap with hand line to $30.00 for each Crab Max crab trap when ordering 2 or more crab traps and hand line sold with the Crab Max Starter Kit. Click HERE to purchase Crab Max crab traps with hand lines. Order 2 or more crab traps for $30.00 ea on our website and you'll save nearly $15.00 over the retail price commonly charged at coastal retail outlets.

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.

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 use 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.

To order the Crab Max Folding crab traps: order 1 Crab Max crab trap with hand line for $32.00 or save $2.00 by ordering 2 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.

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.

Reduce the unit cost of the trap with hand line by purchasing our traps at one of our free crabbing clinics through the Lincoln City Visitor's Bureau or at my home. Save the shipping and handling charge by picking up the traps and hand lines at my home at 136 SW Brook ST box 746. Newport, Or 97365, 541 265 5847. Click HERE to view payment instructions for Crab Max crab traps. Making a gift of the Crab Max folding crab trap and hand line to a child is a gift that will last a lifetime.

For those of you who are new to crabbing we recommend ordering the Crab Max Starter Kit consisting 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 $47.50. Save $2.00 by take advantage of the Crab Max Starter Kit by purchasing 2nd Crab Max Crab Traps for a total of $75.50 or 3 Crab Max Crab Traps for a total of $105.50. The shipping and handling charge varies from 8.75 for residents of Oregon and Washington and $9.75 for residents of California and Idaho and increasing amounts for residents of other states.

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 while attending one of our FREE 2017 crabbing or clamming clinics.

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.

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 crabbers on the beach at Siletz Bay.

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

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 the 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 an elliptical orbit and throw the crab trap into the water. 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. The hand lines we sell are retro-fitted with a closed cross lock snap. Wear gloves or crab at your own risk 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!!!

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 humanly 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.

Killing and backing the crabs prior to cooking them offers the crabber several advantages: it reduces occurrence of 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 when cooking large numbers of 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 crabbinginfo@yahoo.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. The information displayed on the ODA Shellfish Hotline Website or the ODFW Recreational Report websites may or may not be up to date and the information posted there may not be accurate and CANNOT be trusted. ODFW Shellfish Regulations, and the link to the Oregon Parks and Recreation epartment's OHV for ATV Enthusiast. Return to Oregon's Razor Clam Page.