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Crabbing with hand lines with kids - where?

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Crabbing with hand lines with kids - where?

I would really like to take my 8 & 9 year old kids hand line crabbing, but can't seem to find a public dock that's low enough to the water that they can reach in with a net to get the crab before if releases.

I'll be coming quite a distance (from Trenton), so any RELIABLE suggestions would be appreciated.

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1. Re: Crabbing with hand lines with kids - where?

The Bay is tidal. The distance from pier to water depends on the tide. Sometimes the piers are UNDER water, believe it or not. Google search for tide table with the location you want to crab, and go crabbing when high tide coincides with your visit.

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2. Re: Crabbing with hand lines with kids - where?

We haven't been this year but in past year the kids have had fun tryin to net crab right off the docks of a marina (Herrington Harbor South). Generally, we've seen at least one crab at each piling. You could try calling a few fishing services and charter boats to get their thoughts.

If you are at Chesapeake City with kids those ages, they may enjoy going to Brownies Beach, where shark teeth are mingled with shells.

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3. Re: Crabbing with hand lines with kids - where?

Chesapeake City does not have crabs. Water is too fresh. You must be Gunpowder River or south of there. The further south, the better, depending on time of year. Patapsco, Magothy, Chester, severn, Wye, have plenty of crabs right now. Sandy Point State park has great piers and would be a good spot. Take a picnic. Great day. Just check the tides. Or better yet, buy some small crab traps, which close up when you pull them up. No need for a dip net. Then you don't have to worry about tides.

The previous poster was right about crabs hanging around the pilings. Often you can just dip them up with a net. But it is not easy to outsmart them.

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