CRAB MAX CRAB TRAPS

Folding crab traps are a recent innovation that is changing the face of crabbing from crab docks. 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 with our exclusive, "T Handle" use to deploy the 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 is exclusive to Crab Max.

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 100 feet hand line with the exclusive, "T Handle". 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

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 yesterday, September 23 exceeded our expectations!!!

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 as shown in the video clip of crabbers on the beach at Siletz Bay. It is not unusual to catch 3 or more keeper sized Dungeness crabs per pull. Click HERE to see the price list or to purchase the CRAB MAX.

We recommend using the Crab Max with the hand lines over any other method when crabbing from a crabbing dock or from the sandy shore. Using a Crab Max with a hand line is the most cost effective method to take crabs from the Oregon shore. Using a Crab Max is easier for women and kids to crab than using other methods.

To use the crab max with the hand line uncoil the hand line then reverse coil the hand line back toward the wooden handline holder. Open the trap by sliding the ball bearing swivel off of the bait pin. Unfold the crab trap. Open the bait clip by silding the bait pin sleeve of the 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 when deploying or retrieving the Crab Max crab trap to prevent injuring you fingers.

Unfortunately, Folding crab traps are illegal to use in California because the traps are too efficient at catching Dungeness crabs from the docks. We appealed to the Director of CDFG and he referred us to someone else who refuse to say why our traps are illegal. No discussion. No dialog.

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. The cost of the Crab Max crab trap without hand lines is $23.00 ea. Compared to the $26.00 Fred Meyer charges for the Crab Max crab traps our price is a great deal. The cost of the 100 feet hand lines with the exclusive, "T Handle" on wooden line holders is $11.00 ea.

The Crab Max with a hand line cost $34.00 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. 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.

The CRAB MAX shown below in the open position with a white 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.

In today's economy it is more important the ever to invest your recreational dollars in equipment that stands the test of time. The Crab Max folding crab trap meets and exceeds the test of time. The Crab Max is crabbed using a surf rod or using a hand line. 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 sandy shore. The 3 traps I use are entering their 4th season of taking crabs.

Take advantage of your options and purchase the Crab Max Special consisting of 3 Crab Max crab traps with hand lines and we will include a crab gage for $96.00. That is a savings of $8.50. Making a gift of either Beginner's Special to a child is a gift that will last a lifetime.

Hand Lines

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 Tuna Cord hand line plus $6.80 shipping and handling charge. Click HERE to see the information for ordering Hand Lines.

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 plus $6.80 shipping and handling charge. Click HERE to see the order information for ordering Hand Line Holders.

Click HERE to see the product and pricing information for the Crab Max crab traps and the other fine products we sell.

Crab Mallet

The wooden crab mallet is a recent addition to our family of products. My wife and grandons 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 traps and crab mallet.

Crab Gage

The Oregon, Washington and California crab gage is a new item to our product line for $2.50 plus $2.30 shipping and handling charge. Order a half a dozen to reduce the cost of the shipping and handling charge. Click HERE to see the product information for our Crab Max crab catchers, crab mallet and crab gage.

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 the innovative methods used to humanly kill Dungeness and red rock 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 Tacos 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"

The 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,

CRAB WATCH

Clam Watch 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.

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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