Our local Dungeness Crab Season opened on time November 15th. We unloaded the first catch in the wee hours of the morning. Crabs were on the smaller size weighing 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 lbs. The first batch cooked showed us that the meat was jammed packed in the body cavity. The meat was so sweet tasting we ended up licking our fingers after every bite.
One very late night or early morning (1 AM) we had just finished unloading and were loading our live tanks with crab. I like to work with the front doors open but barricaded. We never know what to expect down here at the Wharf in the wee hours of the morning. Of course, it was our lucky night! A woman pushed back our barricades and planted herself in the corner taking selfies of herself while waiting for someone to pick her up. She claimed she was being followed. We continued to keep our eyes on her as we continued working. She finally got picked up 30 minutes later.
Come to find out our neighbors told her to leave. They could have come over and let us know. At least she was in a safe place with us and the crabs!
Weather turned bad in December. There were only 3 ports crabbing – SF, Bodega Bay, and Half Moon Bay servicing the entire world during the holidays. Crabs became very scarce. Our customers who ordered early were ensured crabs for their holiday meals.
January 4th, 2019 ports in Oregon and Washington began crabbing which has put more crab on the market. Perfect timing for the Crab Feeds schools and other charitiable organizations begin to have. It’s also NFL Playoff time and crabs always make good tail gating meals. Enjoy the crabs this season!