New Jersey Crab Fishing

New Jersey Crab Fishing
Crabbing in New Jersey is a regional outdoor attraction, especially because you can catch the coveted Blue Crab. Crabbing is an activity the whole family can do in Jersey from the pier or even in a boat.

Find a Crabbing Spot

All along Jersey and its shore from Little Egg Harbor to the Hudson, and everywhere in between, you can fish for crabs. Kayaks, boats, banks and piers are all spots you can catch dinner from.

Know the Rules and Regulations

There are specific rules and regulations you must abide by when crabbing in New Jersey. Some current regulations are that all pots in water less than 150 meters wide must have a turtle excluder advice to keep from trapping turtles and commercial pots must have a panel that will biodegrade so crabs can escape from abandoned or lost at sea pots.

Gather Your Supplies

Before heading out to the pier, bay or onto the boat, get the supplies you need. You can find supplies at the pier or local fish shop. Crabs enjoy chicken necks and fresh fish as bait if you choose to bait fish. If you don't own your own pot or net you can pick one up at the shop. You might need some line or extra line just in case it becomes lost of gets cut or shreds. Gloves are also a good thing to purchase for handling the crabs.

Get Crabbin'

In shallow waters you can use nets to catch your crab. Off boats and piers, throwing baited lines are a great way to crab. Crab pots off boats or anchored can yield large amounts of crab.

Toss the Dead Crabs

Check on your nets, pods and lines every five to 10 minutes. When going through your catch, toss the dead crabs. If you keep the crabs cool, they should last at least day in the New Jersey summer weather.

Article Written By Courtney Johnson

Courtney Johnson is a freelance sports writer and photographer based in California. Her articles and photos appear regularly in newspapers and magazines such as "Triathlete" and "Cross Country Skier." Johnson graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.A. in media production and minor in writing. She is studying for her copy editing certificate at the University of San Diego.

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