Oregon's Crabs

Learn how to take crabs from Oregon's Coastal Waters. Oregon's Crabs is the complete color guide to taking Dungeness and red rock crabs on the Oregon' Coast. The 64 page book, Oregon's Crabs, describes the cyclical movement of crabs from our bays, identifies the most productive baits and the most innovative and productive methods used to take crabs from Oregon's Coastal waters using crab pots, crab rings, crab snares and the most effective Crab Max folding crab catcher.

The six Dungeness crabs and one red rock crab in the cover photo were taken from the crabbing dock at the Embarcadero Resort in Yaquina Bay.

The Book includes:

  • All the information necessary to take Dungeness and red rock crabs from Oregon's Coastal Waters.
  • Evaluates the methods used to take Dungeness and red rock crabs.
  • Updated maps of Oregon's Bays that disclose the areas of Oregon's Bays where crabs are commonly caught.
  • Describes INNOVATIVE METHODS used to humanly clean Dungeness and red rock crabs while minimizing contact with live crabs.
  • Describes How to Shake Crabs. Recover a higher percentage of crab meat using the method professional crab shakers use.
  • Family recipes that your family will love. Our recipes emphasize using cooking methods that enhance the naturally sweet flavor of crab meat to its full potential. This year's new original recipe for Oregon's Crab Stew is worth the price of the book.
  • Personalize your copy of Oregon's Clams with an autograph by the author by entering your name or the name of the person you are giving the book to in the appropriate box on the payment page.

Eighty five year old crabber, Stan wrote, "Thanks for a great book, Bill…..It answers all my questions and much more.  I'll be using box traps off my boat in Winchester Bay for a while.  Thanks, again, Stan"

Derek from Eugene writes, "Hey William, I wanted to just thank you for the new "crab max" traps that we received. We love them and they work great. Also the book "Oregon Crabs" is filled with helpful information. Thanks again Derek in Eugene"

Click HERE to purchase Oregon's Crabs for $12.70 or take advantage the Beginners Special with hand lines or the Beginners Special without hand lines by purchasing the Crab Max Crab Catchers and the book is FREE.

The Crab Max Crab Traps!

Simply stated, "The Crab Max Crab Trap made from stainless steel and other high quality materials is the Best folding crab Trap on the market today bar none." Folding crab traps are illegal to use in California because they do not contain an escape ring.

Hand lines and the quality of materials is the difference between our crab trap and other crab traps. You will be using our folding crab traps long after you have thrown the others away.

Crab Max shown with pink and white hand lines along with instructions.

Folding crab traps are a recent innovation that is changing the face of crabbing from crab docks or the sandy shore. Compared to crab pots and crab rings the Crab Max with hand line is the most cost effective method to catch a limit of crabs from the crabbing dock or the sandy shore. We recommend using the Crab Max with the hand lines over any other method when crabbing from a dock or from shore. The pink or white hand line shown above is attached to the barrel swivel on the Crab Max with a cross lock snap on the hand line. However, some crabbers especially men prefer to use a surf rod when crabbing with the Crab Max crab trap. Using a Crab Max with a hand line is easier for women and kids to crab than using other method. My grandsons love the crabbing action that their Crab Max crab catchers provide. Click HERE to see the price list or to purchase the CRAB MAX.

Crab Catch Capacity is the measure that separates the Crab Max from other folding crab traps. The 18 inch dimension really pays off when crabbing is hot as shown in the video clip of crabbers on the beach at Siletz Bay. The crab catcher is small enough to cast 100 plus feet from the dock and large enough to hold more than 3 legal sized crabs. It is not unusual to catch 3 or more keeper sized Dungeness crabs per pull.

Crabbing for Dungeness crabs in Yaquina Bay as shown in the photo below avid crabber, Bill Lackner displays two of 14 large red rock crabs he caught crabbing off the Bay Street Pier using a Crab Max folding crab traps used with a surf rod. Bill caught lots of Dungeness crabs but they were either larger females or males that were 1/4 to 1/16 of an inch too short to keep.

It is common to catch up to 3 legal sized crabs at a time when the crabs are in the bays; however, in the photo below,I used only 1 Crab Max with a hand line to take the 3 legal Dungeness crabs shown below from the Coast Guard Pier in Winchester Bay. Three Dungeness crabs were all I needed to make a wonderful Crab Louie for my wife and I while we camped at nearby Eel Lake.
The CRAB MAX CRAB TRAP is innovative by design and easy to use. The CRAB MAX is a proven folding crab trap that outperforms conventional crab rings and other folding crab traps.

Crab Max crab traps are made using stainless steel and other high quality materials. You'll be catching crabs with the Crab Max long after similar crab traps have been discarded. Visit Siletz Bay, one of Oregon's least known but more productive crabbing bays and you will see crabbers lined up along the north shore taking Dungeness crabs with their CRAB MAX folding crab traps.

The cost of Crab Max crab traps for the first 2 traps is 22.00 ea. The cost of 3 to 9 Crab Max crab traps is 20.00 ea. Buy the 9th Crab Max crab trap and get the 10 trap FREE. The cost of the 100 feet of 200 pound test hand lines on wooden line holders is 10.00 ea. Buy 9 hand lines and get the 10th FREE. That is a saving of 2.00 per trap and 1.00 per hand line. Save the shipping and handling charge by picking up the traps and hand lines at my home at 136 SW Brook ST. Newport, Or 97365, 541 265 5847. Click HERE to view payment instructions for Crab Max crab traps. Scroll down the page to view Beginner's Special Offers and additional information on crabbing.

Take advantage of the Beginners Special consisting of 3 Crab Max crab traps with hand lines and a copy of Oregon's Crabs for $102.70, and we will include a crab gauge and a wooden crab mallet for FREE. That is a savings of $2.00 per trap and a total savings of $11.70 per order. Or if you plan to use the Crab Max with a surf rod order 3 Crab Max Crab traps Beginners Special without hand lines and a copy of Oregon's Crabs for $72.70 and we will include a crab gauge and a wooden crab mallet for FREE. That is a saving $2.00 per trap and a total savings of $11.70 per order.

Personalize your copy of Oregon's Clams with a message autographed by the author by entering your name or the name of the person you are giving the book to in the appropriate box on the payment page. 

Steve Martin and friends usually crab in Siletz Bay using the Crab Max folding crab traps but on this day they stuck out crabbing in Nestucca Bay crabbing with 5 of the 8 crab catchers they used displayed in the photo.

The Crab Max is user friendly for crabbers of all ages; especially women and children.  Compare the photos below and consider the difference.

Truly versatile, the Crab Max is compact and easy to use with a hand line of surf rod

Wear gloves when deploying or retrieving the Crab Max crab trap to prevent injuring you fingers. To use the crab max with the tuna cord uncoil the tuna cord then reverse coil the tuna cord on the dock. Secure the wooden holder to the dock or a solid object on the sandy shore. Unfold the crab trap. Open the bait clip. Insert the bait pin through a chicken leg. Fasten the clasp on the bait clip. Grasp the hand line 2 to 3 feet below the cross lock snap and barrel swivel, look behind you. Spin the crab trap several times in an elliptical orbit above your head and throw the crab trap into the water.

The crab trap will open when it is cast into the bay and settles to the bottom in the open position. When crabbing is good wait for 5 minutes before pulling the Crab Max crab trap filled with all sizes of Dungeness Crabs. Well, when crabbing is slow wait longer and read a book, fish, picnic or record your crabbing adventure with photos or video clips of your family and friends. Click HERE for product and pricing information.

The Crab Mallet

The wooden crab mallet is a recent addition to our family of products. My wife and grandsons use our crab mallets whenever we shake and pick large numbers of crabs. Using a crab mallet in conjunction with shaking crab will cut your crab picking time to minutes rather than hours. the crab mallet can be used to humanly kill crabs by turning the crab over onto it's back and striking the crab at the point of its abdominal flap. However, I prefer using a knife to humanly kill crabs before backing, cleaning and cooking the crabs.

$4.00 per mallet is a great price for this time saver. The shipping cost of a $1.95 applies to the first crab mallet only. Divide the work by having 3 or 4 on hand when it is time to shake the multiple limits of crabs that you, your family members and friends caught.

Click HERE to see the product information for our Crab Max crab catchers and crab mallet.

The Oregon, Washington and California Crab Gauge is a new item to our product line. Click HERE to see the product information for our Crab Max crab catchers, crab mallet and crab gauge. Select Option 1 when purchasing crab gauge with other items for a 1.70 per gauge or Option 2 when purchasing the Crab Gauge only for 2.70.

Hand lines are the most efficient way to use the Crab Max, especially for women and children. Not only are hand lines the most efficient they are the most economical. We recommend to crabbers using fishing poles to cast their Crab Max to order hand lines as backup should the fishing rods fail. The hand lines are also purchased by crabbers who use them on other brands of folding crab traps. The cost of the hand lines is $10.00 per Pink or White Tuna Cord hand line.

The Hand Line Holder was developed to protect the wooden hand line holders when crabbing from the sandy shore. The hand line holder holds up to 3 wooden hand line holders while crabbing. The weight of seaweed will can drag the Crab Max crab traps into the bay. The PCV Hand Line Holder was developed to minimize the problem. The cost of the PCV Line Holder is 10.00 each.

Click HERE to see the product information for the Crab Max crab traps.


Clam Watch and the Clam Diggers Association of Oregon has started a Discussion Forum to broaden the scope of our service to clam diggers and crabbers. The discussion forum will add a new dimension to the ability of clam diggers to relate their experiences to one another.


Click on the following links for additional information about taking crabs in the Pacific Northwest. Click on ODFW's website crab page or click HERE to view Washington States information on recreational crabbing or click HERE to view California's information on recreational crabbing. Click HERE to view Alaska's comments on Dungeness Crabs. Click HERE to view Dungeness Crabs at Netarts Bay. Click HERE to view a video of cleaning Dungeness crabs. ODFW shellfish and crabbing regulations, ODFW about crabs and the NOAA Tide Tables for you area,

According to ODFW biologists, "Even though it seldom occurs, marine toxins can develop in the crab butter of crabs." Be Safe, Be Sure. Always call the shellfish Hotline at (503) 986-4728 or 1-800-448-2474 toll free outside of Oregon before taking Oregon's shellfish.

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