The photo above is a bit blurry, but this is what they do, holding claws before we dump them in the steamer pot.
We catch our crabs off our dock by baiting large chicken wire baskets with fish heads or chicken necks and leaving the traps in the water overnight. We now have new neighbors and while heading out the other day for a boating trip I caught this photo of them enjoying their new house on the water. They do not have a boat, but are trying to line-bait their crabs! They brought down family and friends for this new family tradition. We have also crabbed this way.
Some of our neighbors take out a small skiff and drop floating baited crab traps marked by buoys in the early morning and then go out and check them at dusk.
There is one caveat when eating crabs. We usually dump the remaining shell and parts back into the river rather than our compost pile. Sometimes we get lazy.
One recent night I heard rumbling and thudding and at first wondered if someone was trying to break into the garage. Then my deductions got honed as I headed toward the back deck and turned on the deck light.
He was wading in full throttle and covered in crab juices. Turning on the light was a very mild distraction.
Lesson learned. Get those crab remains out to the river right after dinner!