SMALL DUNGENESS CRAB By Wilson, Doug, 1939-, Photographer (NARA record: 8464433) (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration) [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsVIDEO:  Crabbing off the 12th Avenue Bridge in Seaside:

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My version of catching crab is typically reserved to receiving my plate at one of our many seafood restaurants in town. But it’s no secret that there are some outstanding opportunities for DIY crabbing in Seaside. What’s the local crabbing scene like? I decided to head down to the 12th Avenue Bridge to find out.

I had thought that the crabbing process would involve grueling labor and skillful claw-dodging but I was pleased to find out that catching your dinner is really quite easy. The 12th Avenue Bridge crosses the Necanicum River just shy of the estuary and is a stunning wildlife viewing area in its own right. It’s an ideal backdrop for unfolding a lawn chair, opening a cooler, and catching some rays while you wait for your inevitable crab catch. (A gallery of images from our adventure at the 12th Avenue Bridge can be found here).   Keep reading…

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Check out the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s crabbing page here.