The BF and I took a little vacation at the southern Oregon coast. A town called Port Orford. There are a few restaurants and camping very close to (or on) the beach. The harbor is unique, it's a deep water harbor, that uses winches to send and receive boats. Here's a picture of the harbor taken back in February or March, 2009. It's one of three harbors using a winch to move boats. The vessles moored there all have special straps bolted fore and aft to facilitate lifting.
The Crabhawk is cast with a fishing rod, nothing too fancy. It opens up on the ocean floor and the crabs march in for a tasty snack. When the end of the rod bobs, the cage is full. It's reeled in as if you have a fish on the line.
The best season for crabbing -- according to the Crabhawk inventor, Steven DeMars, runs from September to December.
The Crabhawk in action: (Note: none of the crabs in this haul were legal. All were either too small or female, and all were tossed back) The contraption is hand made by Mr. DeMars and his son-in-law (or is it his son?). It retails for $20. I can't wait to buy one -- and a fishing rod.
Legal crabs are male, and greater than 5-3/4 inches wide. All the fishing stores sell a plastic
gage to measure the crabs.
The afternoon we spent with DeMars typifies what I love about traveling. Meeting people and learning things. Now I'm dreaming of a Dungeness crab dinner.