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Are there any places in the Wilmington area that offer crabbing lessons?

Brian Mull
StarNews

Jay Myers witih local crabbing company Ingraham Crab House loads 40lb. bushels of N.C. Blue Crab onto pallets for shipping Tuesday. 2010 was a good year for N.C. seafood landings, both in quantity and value. PHOTO BY JEFF JANOWSKI/WILMINGTON STARNEWS

Q. Are there any places in the Wilmington area that offer “crabbing” lessons, or a “crabbing” experience? It is on my bucket list to give it a try.

A. The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher offers classes on crabbing. The final one of 2012 is Fri., Aug. 24, and costs $8 for members, $14 for ages 7 to 12 and $16 for ages 13 and up. Classes will resume in April or May 2013.

According to an aquarium spokesperson, class is “a hands-on program that introduces participants to the challenge of catching blue crabs. Lessons in crab biology and crabbing equipment prepare participants for an exciting expedition through the salt marsh to catch (and release) crabs. All bait and equipment is provided. Participants should wear closed-toed shoes.”

To sign up for the class, visit ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher.

People also catch crabs in the Intracoastal Waterway by dropping a hook baited with frozen chicken necks or chicken backs into shallow water, using a small handled net to scoop the crabs into a five-gallon bucket.

Only male crabs measuring at least five inches from point-to-point can be caught and kept legally in North Carolina. According to the website lpsteamers.com, the underside of a female crab has a shape like the U.S. Capitol while the underside of a male crab has a shape like the Washington Monument.

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