Crabbing in Captree Park, Long Island
A few weekends ago, I visited Dave, a friend from high school. It’s so nice to meet up with him and see how much our lives have changed but still share something common from the past, like having been to the same high school in a small town in Connecticut, which by the way I cannot believe we attended over 10 years ago!.
Speaking of how much our lives has changed, not only did Dave get married and bought a home in Long Island, and renovated it with a really nice kitchen, a few years ago, he and his wife Ting welcomed into the world an adorable young girl named Vivian whom I was dying to meet! (Picture of her later!!)
So Tak and I took another train out to Long Island and I’m happy to say we had way more fun than the first time we tried venturing out into Long Island by ourselves (I touched upon this in my last blog post)
On this particular day we visited, it was cloudy but the party still went on! He invited some of his other friends, parents in law, and we all went to the beach, where we barbecued… Dave had prepped suveed skewers and I’m not kidding y’all, it was the most tender meat on a stick I’ve ever had. They were amazing.
And then the part I have been so excited to do for the longest time: crabbing!
In case you are wondering how exactly you do crabbing (I know I was!), these are the tools you need:
- crab cage (something like this on Amazon for example)
- any kind of uncooked meat that that can be tied to the cage
So, it’s fairy simple. All you do is tie everything up and throw it in the water want wait for “dinner” to come!
Some rules of crabbing I learned that day: rule 1 if they’re less than 4.5 inches they are not fully grown and you have to throw them back in the water. Rule 2: if they’re pregnant you can’t take those either!
This was my first time seeing a pregnant crab, but you can tell because they’re externally carrying a whole sac of roe on their belly – this was interesting to see, to say the least!
And hey, if all people did was fish all the crabs, there won’t be any left for the future so lets respect the rules for sustainable fishing mmkay!?
Also another thing I learned is there are three types of crabs. Blue crabs, regular crabs, and spider crabs. The first two are edible, and apparently blue legs, which are less common, taste better according to Dave. Spider crabs I learned are not edible –or I should say you do not want to eat them–and they do not look that appetizing to eat at either! This blog article has great information on the Long Island spider crabs if you are interested in seeing what they look like and learning more about them (warning: they are kind of creepy looking!).
Anyways after waiting 5-10 minutes, look what we found in the cage!
You can see in the picture above but we repeated this for about an hour or two until we got a bucket full of crabs!
It was such a fun first time experience. And Dave and his family were such great hosts, for which we were grateful for.
We cannot wait to hang out with the Wus next time!
If you’re interested in crabbing you can see it here:
Highly recommended if you want to BBQ, go crabbing or just chill at the beach! What are you waiting for?