Crabbing in New Jersey
Are you looking to do something fun with the family with low costing expenses? Have you ever been crabbing on the water? Well, crabbing is an activity that won’t break the bank and is a relaxing, enjoying, fun activity for the family.
The cost for crabbing is relatively inexpensive and you can use the supplies over and over again. Plus, if you are lucky you will bring home a bucket of crabs for dinner!
There are many crabbing locations in NJ, but here are a few suggestions on where to go in New Jersey:
- Bass River Bridge in New Gretna is a fantastic spot for catching some crabs under the Parkway and Route 9 bridge.
- Berkeley Island County Park– Located at 399 Brennan Concourse, Bayville, NJ 08721 is another top crabbing spot in NJ because it has a fishing and crabbing pier, a gentle bay-bathing beach, a picnic area and a playground area for kids. Also there are public restrooms.
- Mantoloking Bridge – Located on Mantoloking Road in Brick Township. This is a great location because the kids are away from the roadway in the concrete crabbing area under the bridge along the bulkhead. There is a a bait shop nearby on Mantoloking Road where you can pick up supplies. There is also parking available at the foot of the bridge. Did you know, that is 2006, the biggest blue crab was caught here?
- Windward Beach – 265 Princeton Ave, Brick, NJ. This is a fun location to crab as there is also other things to do in this park. A fishing pier for fishing and crabbing, playgrounds, a sandy beach on the bay to relax and get some rays. Parking is FREE.
As these are only suggestions, there are also many crabbing locations around the entire state. If you find a bait shop, you are likely to have a cool crabbing spot closeby. You can even contact your local bait shop and ask them if they know of locations.
Hours, Prices & Crabbing Regulations:
HELPFUL TIPS ABOUT CRABBING -*You DO NOT need a fishing license to crab in NJ.
- Crabbing between the hours of 4:30 am and 8:30 am is the best time of day to go crabbing in New Jersey. This is when the crabs are most active.
- Blue crab season runs from April 6 to December 4 in the Delaware Bay and tributaries.
- Crab season runs from March 15 to November 30 in all other NJ waterways but crabbing is prohibited from the Newark Bay Complex.
- You will need a large net to scoop the crabs runs from $9 to $12 and a four-door box crab pot starts at $11 and goes up.
- Weighted drop lines are the best value at around $2 each.
- Bunker is a good bait to use when going crabbing and its cheap. It only costs about $1.00 each.
- To store your crabs after you catch them, you will need to place them in a bushell basket or bucket which costs about $8.99 and up depending on size.
- Please note, you are limited to harvesting one bushel per day when crabbing.
- NJ crabbing regulations say to throw back any female crabs or any hard-shelled blue crabs less than 4.5 inches from point to point (*USEFUL TIP: Your iPhone is about 4.5 inches long).
- The difference between male and female crabs are the females have a v-shaped apron on the underside and male crabs have a long t-shaped apron on the underside and blue claws.