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 email@example.com 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.