Folding crab traps are a recent innovation that is changing the face of crabbing from crab docks. The Crab Max Crab Trap is made in Lincoln City by handicap man, Bill Paterek and his blind buddy Merl. The Crab Max was named in honor of Bill's dog, Max.
The Crab Max Trap is easily the finest folding crab trap on the market today. Made from high quality stainless steel and materials the Crab Max crab trap is easily used with a hand line using our, "T Handle" to deploy the Crab Max crab trap or fishing pole as shown below.
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. The use of hand lines with, "T Handles" is exclusive to Crab Max. All you have to do is buy some chicken legs and you are ready to crab.
Click on the photograph to view a short video clip of the Dungeness crabs caught in Siletz Bay using Crab Max crab traps.
Click on the sculpture of the Chinook salmon to view a video clip of our free crabbing class on Siletz Bay showing a couple with their first legal Dungeness crab ever. The video shows participants deploying the Crab Max crab traps into Siletz Bay.
Crabbing in Yaquina Bay, Bill Lackner displays two of 14 large red rock crabs he caught off the Bay Street Pier using a Crab Max folding crab trap and 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, 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 were camped at nearby Eel Lake.
The CRAB MAX is innovative by design and easy to use. The CRAB MAX comes equipped with a 100 foot hand line. Compare and consider the difference in the photos below. A 5 gallon bucket, a Crab Max crab trap and bait versus the wheel barrow and all the other stuff.
Truly versatile, the Crab Max is compact and easy to use with a hand line of surf rod
The Crab Max with a hand line using the, "T Handle" is the most effective method to take crabs from the Oregon shore. Women and Child friendly, the Crab Max is easier for women and kids to crab than using other method to take crabs.
Crab catch capacity and high quality materials is the measure that separates the Crab Max from other folding crab traps. The 18 inch dimension really pays off when crabbing is hot. It is not unusual to catch 3 or more keeper sized Dungeness crabs per pull. Click HERE to see the information to purchase the CRAB MAX. Crab Max are not legal for use in California because the folding crab traps are too effective at taking Dungeness crabs.
To use the crab max with the hand line uncoil the hand line then reverse coil the hand line back toward the wooden hand line holder. Open the trap by sliding the ball bearing swivel off of the bait pin. Unfold the crab trap. Open the bait clip by sliding the bait pin sleeve of the bait pin. Insert the bait pin through a chicken leg. Fasten the bait pin containing the chicken leg to the trap by sliding the bait pin sleeve over the bait pin. Step on the wooden line holder, grasp the hand line by the T Handle and look behind you to ensure the area is clear. Spin the crab trap several times in an elliptical orbit and throw the crab trap into the water. 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 your family and friends with photos or on video. Wear gloves or crab at your own risk when deploying or retrieving the Crab Max crab trap to prevent injuring you fingers.
Click on the photo to view the video clip of our crabbing adventure to Siletz Bay during the vernal equinox.
The photo above demonstrates the importance of crabbing durring the vernal equinox of the summer solstice and the autumnal equinox . Crabbing from the north shore was a planned event to see if we enjoyed the same level of success that we experienced at the vernal equinox of the summer solstice. The Equinoxes is when the sunlight shines equally on both the southern hemisphere and the northern hemisphere. The crabs were taken by my friend, Dustin and myself using the Crab Max folding crab traps baited with turkey necks, wings, legs and chicken legs. Ultimately, we retained 22 hard shell barnacle encrusted crabs. We returned 9 plus soft shell legal sized male crabs to the water. Our success of taking limits of Dungeness on September 23 exceeded our expectations!!!
October 2015 The cost of materials and labor for Crab Max crab traps have increased to the point where we must increase the price of the traps in addition to the profit margins that enable us to bring our products to you. We have raised the price of the Crab Max crab trap. The State of California prohibits the use of folding crab traps.
Crab Max crab traps are available through our Websites or one of our scheduled Crab Clinic classes sponsored each spring and summer by the Driftwood Library and the Lincoln City Visitor's Bureau. Crab Max crab traps can be purchased from the following retail shops in the Lincoln City area: Knight's Tackle east of Rose Lodge on Hwy 18, Stickrods Bait and Tackle on Hwy 18 in Otis, Kenny's IGA south store in Taft, Eleanor's Undertow Takeout located across the street from Mos on SW 51st., Bob's Small Engine repair on Hwy 101 just north of Nelscott and Chinook Bend R/V Resort up the Siletz River Road above Kernville. In addition to the retail locations in and around Lincoln City, Crab Max crab traps are available at Bud's Campground on Hwy 101 in Gearheart, Netarts Bay R/V Park and Marnia, at Fred Meyer stores but without handlines in Warrington, Newport and Brookings, The Dock of the Bay tackle shop on the Waldport bayfront and Harry's Bait and Tackle on the bayfront at Newport.
The MSRP of the Crab Max folding crab trap is 37.00 ea. The retail store price of the Crab Max crab traps varies between $30.00 and 34.00. Our price structure varies down from 34.00 for 1 or 2 crab traps with hand lines to $32.00 for orders of 3 or more crab traps with hand lines. We also offer the crab max special consisting of 3 crab traps, 3 hand lines and 1 premium crab gage and 1 crab mallet for $100.00. These are great prices when compared to crab rings and pots.
Not only is the Crab Max folding crab trap with hand line the most cost effective method used to take crabs from the shore of Oregon's bays it is the most productive. Consider that crabbing from the shore with folding crab traps has become the primary recreational activity for many families.
The CRAB MAX shown below in the open position with a hand line is a proven folding crab trap that outperforms conventional crab rings and other folding crab traps. Click HERE to see the order information to purchase the CRAB MAX.
Purchase 1 or 2 Crab Max folding crab traps with hand lines for $34.00 ea plus the shipping and handling charge based on your zip code. The shipping and handling charge varies from 8.75 for residents of Oregon and Washington and $9.75 for residents of California and Idaho and increasing amounts for residents of other states. The shipping and handling charge applies to the first crab trap ordered only.
OR Reduce the unit cost of the trap with hand line by purchasing 3 or more traps with hand lines for $32.00 ea through my website or at on of our free crabbing clinics through the Lincoln City Visitor's Bureau or at my home. 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 3 or more Crab Max crab traps. Making a gift of the Crab Max folding crab trap and hand lint to a child is a gift that will last a lifetime.
OR click HERE to take advantage of the Crab Max Special. Order the Crab Max Special consisting of 3 folding crab traps, 3 hand lines and for four dollars more we will include 1 premium crab gage and 1 wooden crab mallet for a total of $100.00.
Order Tip: Take advantage of the Crab Max Special and order additional traps for $32.00 by clicking on the Add to Cart Button for ordering crab traps for $32.00 and order the additional traps. That way you will recieve the premium crab gage and wooden crab mallet in addition to 4 or more crab traps while only paying for the shipping and handling charge once. Or you may want to order more than one Crab Max Special and recieve the multiple Crab Max Special while only paying for the shipping and handling charge once. Bill
Hand lines with our exclusive, "T Handle" 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 $11.00 per hand line plus $6.80 shipping and handling charge for the 1st hand line shipped. Click HERE to see the information for ordering Hand Lines.
The PVC 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 that often collects on the trap will can drag the crab traps hand lines and all 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 plus $6.80 shipping and handling charge for the 1st hand line shipped. Click HERE to see the order information for ordering Hand Line Holders.
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 is used to humanly kill the crabs by turning the crab over onto it's back and striking the crab at the point of its abdominal flap humanly killing the crab before backing, cleaning and cooking the crabs. Killing and backing the crabs prior to cooking them offers the crabber several advantages: it reduces occurance of accidents when adding live crabs to a pot of boiling water, eliminates contact with the crab butter and internal organs thereby reducing exposure to marine toxins, exposes the crab meat to the flavor of spices added to the boiling water such as those found in Crab Boil and is a real time saver when cooking large numbers of 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 traps and crab mallet.
The Oregon, Washington and California Crab Gage is a new item to our product line for $2.5O. Order a half of dozen crab gages to reduce the cost of the shipping and handling charge. The shipping and handling charge applies to the first crab gage ordered only. Click HERE to see the product information for our Crab Max crab catchers, crab mallet and crab gage.
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. Oregon's Crabs is on Backorder
The Book includes:
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 of 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"
The revised color edition of 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 trap. The book describes innovative methods to humanly clean and cook crabs. My family looks forward to preparing the recipes in the book each time we go crabbing especially when the catch includes Oregon's native red rock crabs. Click HERE to order information to purchase Oregon's Crabs for $12.70.
RELATED LINKS OF INTEREST FOR CRABBERS
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. NOAA Tide Tables for you area.
Even though it seldom occurs marine toxins can develop in crabs. Be sure crab safe. Always call the shellfish Hotline at (503) 986-4728 or 1-800-448-2474 toll free outside of Oregon before harvesting clams or mussels for messages listing the areas closed to harvesting shellfish due to high levels of marine toxins. The information displayed on the ODA Shellfish Hotline Website or the ODFW Recreational Report websites may or may not be up to date and the information posted there may not be accurate and CANNOT be trusted. ODFW Shellfish Regulations, and the link to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department's OHV for ATV Enthusiast.
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