Adventures In Crabbing

First Time Using a Trotline, Severn River, Annapolis, MD

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Jeb, Dave and I went crabbing, and my first time trotline crabbing (and which, will not be the last).  Jeb, Michelle, Mark, Mike and I spent last evening stringing chicken necks to snoots, and we were ready to go.

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We launched from Joshua and Jessica’s Sunrise Beach in Crownsville, and motored down to between the 450 and Route 50 bridges.  This was our view from the crab line.

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We stretched out our trotline on an 8-foot contour.

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Little did we know however, the amount of submerged debris that prevented us from keeping a taut trotline.

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On our first run of 600-feet, we caught three keepers.  After that, this particular site fell apart, as we attempted to manage the line through all of the debris snags.

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A heron watches from a pier.

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As the morning went on, we switched to fishing.

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Jeb caught a keeper striped bass, which became the main course for Josh and Jessica’s dinner.

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We are rigged and supplied for trot-lining, and we will not give up.  Everything is in the freezer, and we will try again at another location.  We even have a propane outdoor steamer, so we will make this happen!

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We stopped off at Joshua’s house to drop off his boat launch pass and to say good morning to 10-day old, baby Harper Francis.  In the line-up is Grandpa, Harper, Jessica, fish dinner, Joshua and Uncle Jeb.  Ten days old and she is being exposed to Maryland crabs and fishing.  I’ll be gleaning her for being a life-long fishing buddy!

 

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