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Crab­bing

The Daily Herald - - SPORTS -

Crab fish­ing opens Fri­day, and if the rosy fore­cast from state Depart­ment of Fish and Wildlife bi­ol­o­gists is ac­cu­rate, you should prob­a­bly stock up on Zatarain’s Crab Boil at your clos­est gro­cery store.

Some marine ar­eas al­ready have opened, but the ones com­ing on line Fri­day (Thurs­days through Mon­days only) in­clude our back­yard wa­ters: ar­eas 8-1 (De­cep­tion Pass south to ap­prox­i­mately Ca­mano State Park), 8-2 ( the south end of Saratoga Pas­sage, Port Su­san, Pos­ses­sion Sound) and 9 (Ad­mi­ralty In­let).

Along with Marine Area 10, these fish­eries drove last year’s record-set­ting sea­son in Puget Sound. They should re­peat as the top recre­ational crab­bing prospects, bi­ol­o­gists say, even if the har­vest is slightly be­low last year’s.

Test fish­ing re­sults have been strong, ac­cord­ing to state bi­ol­o­gist Don Ve­lasquez, who ranks 8-1 and 8-2 as per­haps a lit­tle bet­ter than Area 9.

There are a lot of crab­bing spots within a short run from Everett, in­clud­ing Ut­sal­ady, Holmes Har­bor, Port Su­san, off the Everett Jetty, around Hat Is­land, down the shore­line from Everett to­ward Muk­il­teo and Ed­monds. Read the reg­u­la­tions to make sure you’re rigged legally, and be pre­pared to en­ter crab on your re­port card im­me­di­ately upon putting them in the boat.

Noth­ing beats pieces of salmon car­cass for bait, but cheap turkey or chicken parts are pop­u­lar, al­ways in a bait holder.

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