Wednesday February 7, 2018 Port Orford Oregon
A night out crabbing
The low tide was about 10:30PM so we were at the wharf around 11PM.
Crab season starts in the morning
The guys on the boat were local guys and fairly friendly. They were waiting for tomorrow morning at 9AM when the crab fishing starts. It turns out that they can put out their pots 72 hours before the actual season starts at nine in the morning when they can actually start harvesting the crab from the traps.
What’s the bait
Chatting with Leo
So I asked Leo what is it they were using for bait and he said mink. What? Yes mink he said.
Turns out they get the carcasses from a mink farm that takes their fur and no longer has much use of the dead bodies. Leo says they make good crab bait.
We got a lot of other info out of Leo until he went to bed around two AM. Once the season starts at nine in the morning the work is on and they won’t get much sleep for days.
Steve crabbing away
It’s cool out
Time for bed
We pulled up the stuff and left around 3:30AM and went on home and went to bed.
The next day when we finally got up around noon we cooked and cleaned the crab. We had 8 legal ones.
We eat these
Steve doesn’t have a big cooking pot so it took most of the afternoon to get them all cooked and we’ll have some for dinner tonight.
That was my day.