At Pillar Point Harbor, the traps are out for the start of the Dungeness crab season in California. The local paper outlines the chaotic rules followed by fishermen:
October 31, 2016 Headlines: Crabbing Opens Nov. 5th
In most years over 50-60% of all commercial crabs are harvested in the first 10 days.
The Dungeness crab recreational season starts this Saturday. Party and sport boats are in a dilemma as to how to observe the rule that will be enforced this year with the crab pots not being able to be set until 12:01 a.m. on Saturday morning. A few boats will be heading out in the middle of the night to dump their pots, but this creates a dangerous option in addition to captains being limited to 12 hours at the wheel.
Here is a gallery of photos of the fleet that were taken the day before Crab Season started.
Follow this link if you’re curious about fishing for Dungeness Crab: Pots, Bait and Strategies.
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