One of the great pleasures in seashore living that I learned when we spent time in the Chesapeake Bay area was catching blue crabs with a hand line.
In Southwest Florida this is not such a popular pastime since blue crabs are harder to find in the brackish waters they favor, and there are so many other options for catching fish and shellfish. But I have found a special secret spot where I take the grandkids to learn this skill and encounter the ferocious blue crab in “hand to hand” combat. And it is indeed combat since blue crabs are one of the most vicious creatures in the sea and will pinch you in the most painful way if you allow them to do so.
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