Photo courtesy Americas Boating Club of Deception Pass
A bright red, cooked Dungeness crab should be a welcome site to experienced crabbers. The recreational crabbing season opens July 1.

Photo courtesy Americas Boating Club of Deception Pass A bright red, cooked Dungeness crab should be a welcome site to experienced crabbers. The recreational crabbing season opens July 1.

Boating Club holding free seminar on crabbing

Crabbers have two chances this month to learn tips and tricks before the season opens on July 1.

Curious crabbers have two opportunities later this month to learn how to improve their catch before the season opens on July 1.

America’s Boating Club of Deception Pass, formerly known as Deception Pass Sail and Power Squadron, will be hosting a free online seminar about catching Dungeness crab from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on June 26.

The organizers say locals will teach aspiring crabbers about the proper equipment, best bait and good locations, time and tides to find the tasty crustaceans. They will also explain the basics of license requirements and regulations to catch crab by boat or from shore.

Those interested can contact Pat Waters at frenchsailor@comcast.net or call 360-720-2589.

The Northwest Straits Foundation and the state Department of Fish and Wildlife promise to teach some tips and tricks to nab more crab in an online workshop 6-7 p.m on June 30.

The event is free, and those interested can register by following the link tinyurl.com/t3ndynwu.

It will also be recorded for people who cannot attend.

Dungeness crab is the most popular crustacean around Whidbey Island. Red and white oblong-shaped buoys dot the waters in Crescent Harbor, Holmes Harbor and other crab hangouts almost all summer long.

The recreational crabbing season will be open Thursday-Monday from July 1 through Sept. 6.

Anglers are limited to five male crabs in hard-shell conditions that measure at least 6 and a quarter inches in width between the inside tips. For more information on crabbing regulations visit wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfishing-regulations/crab

Officials from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife said they expect a good catch this year. Recreational crabbers catch more than 1.5 million pounds of Dungeness crab each year, according to the state.

Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the number of Dungeness crab people are limited to per day. It has been corrected. We regret the error.

Photo courtesy Americas Boating Club of Deception Pass
Inquiring minds hoping to nab that crab will have two opportunities to learn the tips and tricks of the trade this month before the recreational season opens July 1.

Photo courtesy Americas Boating Club of Deception Pass Inquiring minds hoping to nab that crab will have two opportunities to learn the tips and tricks of the trade this month before the recreational season opens July 1.

Dungeness crab are among the most popular catch in the waters off Whidbey. (Photo by Aiden Santos)

Dungeness crab are among the most popular catch in the waters off Whidbey. (Photo by Aiden Santos)

There are two free online workshops for novice and seasoned crabbers alike to learn more about how to catch the most crab later this month. (Photo by Aiden Santos)

There are two free online workshops for novice and seasoned crabbers alike to learn more about how to catch the most crab later this month. (Photo by Aiden Santos)

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