Crabbing on Eastern Long Island
Flying Point Road curves along the Watermill side of little Mecox Bay on its way to the ocean.
People and animals do a lot of different things in Mecox Bay, depending on the season. In spring, swans nest on its shores. In winter, when the water freezes solid, ice boaters race across the bay at breakneck speed. In fall, hunters shoot ducks and geese.
Summer belongs to the crabbers.
Some crabbers crab alone
Others crab in pairs
and many crab in groups
There seem to be three common crabbing techniques. Some crabbers use a baited wire cage, something like a lobster trap, which is placed on the shallow bottom. The trapper watches and waits, peering into the water from the roadside, for a crab to wander in for a meal and spring the trap.
Other crabbers use a long-handled net, wading into the brackish water to stalk their scuttling prey.
And others use a chicken leg and a piece of string.
They just tie the chicken leg to the string and lower it to the floor of the bay. When a crab grabs hold, they reel it in.
Buckets fill up with crabs.
And at the end of the day, when the sun goes down,
it’s time for the crabbers to eat some crab.2010, In the Country, July, Wildlife/Natural History comment below, or link to this permanent URL from your own site.