This is New Jersey: Blue Crabs and Beer

My boyfriend never tires of his tales of crabbing on the shores of the Shrewsbury River as a young boy.  I’m not sure what the allure is to crabbing but there are plenty of die-hard crabbers out there who will testify to it.   These beautiful Blue Crabs were caught by Kevin, a Jersey Bites fan, and his daughter in Berkeley Township. He used a combination of traps, baited lines and a flashlight to lure them to the surface at night, then scooping them out with a net, but his comment was “traps are the way to go.”

Since it’s Blue Crab season here in New Jersey and it looks to be a very good year for catching these tasty crustaceans, we’ve got some helpful resources for you to make the most of it.  Scott’s Bait and Tackle in Mystic Island has put together a nice list of Crabbing spots in Southern New Jersey.

And, if you’re a real crab lover, you might want to join “The Crab Guy” on his blog with the same title. provides an excellent primer on hard shell crabs, the lingo and how to get your money’s worth at the dock.

We’d love to hear about your favorite crab recipe or technique for catching crabs.  Please leave a comment below and Happy Crabbing.

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