Each crab line, made from heavy-duty string, is attached to a weight, and around each weight is tied the bait--a slimy, smelly, and utterly grotesque chicken neck.Now, once the tide is low, you are ready to begin crabbing.
In this short essay, a student explains the process of crabbing--that is, the steps involved in catching river crabs.
Read (and enjoy) this student composition, and then respond to the discussion questions at the Mary Zeigler As a lifelong crabber (that is, one who catches crabs, not a chronic complainer), I can tell you that anyone who has patience and a great love for the river is qualified to join the ranks of crabbers.
However, if you want your first crabbing experience to be a successful one, you must come prepared. I recommend a 15-foot-long fiberglass boat complete with a 25-horsepower motor, extra gas in a steel can, two 13-foot-long wooden oars, two steel anchors, and enough cushions for the entire party.
You will also need scoops, crab lines, a sturdy crate, and bait.
If you spy a crab nibbling the bait, snatch him up with a quick sweep of your scoop.
The crab will be furious, snapping its claws and bubbling at the mouth.
Drop the crab into the wooden crate before it has a chance to get revenge.
You should leave the crabs brooding in the crate as you make your way home.
Back in your kitchen, you will boil the crabs in a large pot until they turn a healthy shade of orange. Finally, spread newspapers over the kitchen table, deposit the boiled crabs on the newspaper, and enjoy the most delicious meal of your life.
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