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Celebrate Crab Season in Sonoma County

Dungeness Crab season is full-on along the California coast. The current season runs from November 2014 until June 30, 2015 — but winter is always the time locals go wild for crustaceans and get downright crabby. Winter is when crab festivals pop up, families go crabbing off the end of piers, and others book space on a crabbing party boat out of Bodega Bay.

Want to get crabby yourself? Here are a few suggestions:

Go Crabbing On Your Own
A few things you need to know if you’re going to get crabby on your own:

If crabbing from a public pier, you don’t need a sport fishing license to set a trap or net (read all about it in the state’s Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations).You can keep up to 10 Dungeness crabs per day during the season, but they must measure a minimum of 5-3/4 inches across the shell.The best time to catch is early in the morning or an hour or so before sunset.

A popular on-shore crabbing spot: the breakwater jetty off Doran Beach Regional Park. Another good place to try: the Marina Jetty at Bodega Bay’s Spud Point Marina (on the marina’s south end).

Go Crabbing on a Boat Charter
Bodega Bay’s Miss Anita Fishing Charters will take you to the crab action (on their website’s Dungeness Crab page just about every charter passenger is smiling triumphantly and holding crabs aloft). Miss Anita is a customized 34-foot Catamaran with 630 hp — she’s so fast the crabs just can’t get away.

Or go out with the legendary Captain Rick Powers of Bodega Bay Sport Fishing Center, who operates two boats. For more info, read the blog about both companies: Bodega Bay: Boat Charters & Tours.