Crabbing on the Jersey shore

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mother and daughter crabbing off pier on Jersey shore

When a new member of,  John, listed his bay front apartments in Seaside Park, I asked him  what there was to do in the neighborhood, and got a crash course on “crabbing.” His place is right across from a long pier and he supplies all the necessary gear including nets, drop lines and crab traps.

Our conversation stirred memories of childhood vacations in Barnegat Light on the Barnegat bay. My father, who was a sea-lover (for his “coming of age” before going off the college,  he worked as a deck boy on a Norwegian steamer that sailed to Russia)  would lead his brood of five to the jetty or a pier on Barnegat bay.  We were equipped with nets, and crab traps and even as young as four or five – we were capable of lowering them into the water – and then pulling them up – magically filled with creeping crabs.

Now as far as bringing them home with us to cook for dinner – I was reminded  that they have to be 5 ½  inches to keep and cook.  And plumbing the depths of my memory, I really don’t recall cooking them at all. We did play with them a bit and then threw them back in the big, beautiful bay. This was usually late afternoon, after we had come back from the beach.

We encourage the owners of vacation rentals to tell you about the things to do in their neighborhood. These travel tips (which appear next to the Google Map in the listing) are unique to each listing, written by a local, following through our theme, “live like a local.” In Seaside Park or LBI – Beach Haven, Barnegat Light, Surf City, Harvey Cedars, and Ship Bottom – you’ll find that “crabbing” is on the Jersey Shore top ten list.


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