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Crabbing with a Catamaran (Cat)

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We have Crabs!!!!

Dean, one the of the Kayak Concierges on Friday, August 3, 2018, at high tide went crabbing with a Crab Trap for the first time this season.  He set the trap on the west side near the Hwy 101 Siletz River bridge for two hours.

dean1When he pulled the trap, he had 25 crabs and 12 keepers.

Now ….. he is eating crab.

Dean cleans and cooks crabs ………. ready to eat for $2/crab

PS.  Dean has not had good luck recently.   Now, is only getting one or two keeper per pull. 

 

For everything, you want to know about Crabbing … Click Here

We have Options & Rental Rates … 

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Details of Siletz Cats Chick Here

Group\Family Rates for Crabbing Clinic … Click Here

$120 up to  3 hours 15 ft 4 -7 person Canoe Cat (1150 lbs weight limit)  

$140 up to 4 hours 15 ft 4 -7 person Canoe Cat (1150 lbs weight limit)  

$180 up to 6 hours 15 ft 4 -8 person Canoe Cat (1150 lbs weight limit)

motor2Plus $45 – For Electric Motor Option

 

 

 

During the molting period crabs takes a few months to fill out with good-quality meat. More quality crabs start to become available in late August or September.

We do not have any Dock Crabbing available.  Newport has public docks that do permit dock crabbing. However, catches from docks typically are lower than from boats.  Boat crabbing allow crabbers to spread their rings and traps in a wider area with less competition from others.

See what Crabbing in Siletz Bay look like from the Crab’s point of view.

  • Date Oct 2014 in Siletz Bay
  • Soak time = 1-1\2 hours
  • Yield 3 Crabs  = 1-1\2 pounds/each

We offer the following rental services for Crabbing:

  • yellow$80 Up to 3 hours  – Mini-Cat for  2-people ….  one (1) adult required.

 

 

 

  • motor1$45 Electric Motor Option $45 Up to 3 hours

 

 

 

 

  • crab1jpg$120 Up to 3 hours – Max-Cats for 4 – 7 people …… Three (3) adult required.
  • Ideal for family with kids or group

 

Include paddles,  life jackets for all, invasive species permit, and parking for vehicles

 

 

  • Electric Motor Option $45 Up to 3 hours

Crabbing Package

davidsonCrabbing package $45 is only available to customers who rent SiletzBayCats.  The package includes:

  • Three (3) door-style crab traps, bait bag, float, and line
  • Bait for three (3) crab traps
  • One (1) Crab gauge
  • One  (1) 5-gallon bucket

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Dock Crabbing Pot/Ring Rental Package

There are no Docks to Crab from at our Location or in Siletz Bay.

The closest is at Newport.  Dock Pots or Rings $20.00/each with $50 refundable deposit for 24 hours for each Crab Pot/Ring.

Rental includes:

  • One (1) crab pot\ring, bait box, float, and line
  • One (1) Crab gauge per order
  • One (1) 5-gallon bucket per order
  • Bait for One (1) crab pot\ring

Does not include Shellfish License

Oregon Shellfish Licenses 

  • State Resident = $10
  • Three (3) Day out of State = $19

You may want a pair of pair of gloves to protect your fingers.  These prevent jellyfish stings from tentacles wrapped around your rope, along with alleviating some of the pain that comes with handling crabs.

Available at: Ace Hardware (South) – 4910 SE Hwy 101, 541-996-2131

 Justin Ainsworth, a shellfish biologist for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, said timing your crabbing trip in the fall is more important to success than figuring out which bay to try. Most bays will be primed with crabs in the latter part of the calendar year, with late September through November usually the very best.

The Siletz Bay at the south edge of Lincoln City is the best-kept crabbing secret on Oregon Coast.   Siletz Bay is a Virgin spot for crabbing.

Why is this prime crabbing spot kept a secret?

There is no easy access to where the good crabs are … the main channel.  Nearly all the crabbing is done from its banks.  Most people in Lincoln City, who want to go crabbing, have to go to Newport for their Crabbing Docks.Please Make a Reservation or Call 541-765-2109

We Must have High Tide to Launch.  We Only Rent and Launch when we have High Tide.  Otherwise, we may be Closed

For the Best Kayak Experience Please Call 541-765-2109 or   Click to Make Reservations

 We MAY NOT have any units if you just walk up.

There is No cost or obligation to make a Reservation

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There are problems to get to the where the good big crabs in Siletz Bay because:

  • two1NO docks for Dock Crabbing.
  • NO Local Motor Boat Rental at the Siletz Bay.  The Closest Free Boat Launch is 6.7 miles up the Siletz River.   It takes three (3) hours to get up & down the river to Siletz Bay
  1. Rent a Crabbing Siletz Bay Cat  ….. Click Here for Details
  2. Crabbing from the Shore Clinic … To be taught 6 times this summer Click Here …. for a free Crabbing Clinic using the Crab Man.

Stable Cataraman for the Whole Family or Group

Please Make a Reservation or Call 541-765-2109

We Must have High Tide to Launch.  We Only Rent and Launch when we have High Tide.  Otherwise, we may be Closed

For the Best Kayak Experience Please Call 541-765-2109 or   Click to Make Reservations

 We MAY NOT have any units if you just walk up.

There is No cost or obligation to make a Reservation

Click to Check Availability           Click to Make Reservations

yellowSome folks don’t have the coordination to keep a canoe or kayak steady in the water. Some families have small children that can’t paddle for themselves. And still others may be perfectly capable of paddling a normal canoe, but they want to enjoy the crabbing adventure with friends.

Our SiletzBayCats are efficient at keeping paddlers of different strengths from separating — don’t worry about leaving weaker paddlers behind in your wake.

Waring … Hypothermia

Hypothermia is a physical condition that occurs when the body’s core temperature falls below a normal 98.6° F (37° C) to 95° F (35° C) or cooler. Think of hypothermia as the opposite of heat stroke. Cold water dangerously accelerates the onset and progression of hypothermia since body heat can be lost 25 times faster in cold water than in cold air. Hypothermia affects the body’s core – the brain, heart, lungs, and other vital organs. Even a mild case of hypothermia diminishes a victim’s physical and mental abilities, thus increasing the risk of accidents. Severe hypothermia may result in unconsciousness and possibly death. About 600 people in the U.S. die of hypothermia each year.

Temperature of the Siletz River and Siletz Bay by Month

Sep Oct Nov Dec
Min °F 53.5 53.3 52.4 50
Max °F 56.5 57.9 56.6 54.4

Time before Hypothermia

Water Temp  Time
Before
Exhausted
 Survival
Time
50–60° 1 – 2 hours 1 – 6 hours

The Siletz River and Bay water are cold.  It is important to be in a stable boat.

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loadingEasy Get in and Get out

Stable to get in or out …. Stable Loading

 

 

 

Please Make a Reservation or Call 541-765-2109

We Must have High Tide to Launch.  We Only Rent and Launch when we have High Tide.  Otherwise, we may be Closed

For the Best Kayak Experience Please Call 541-765-2109 or   Click to Make Reservations

 We MAY NOT have any units if you just walk up.

There is No cost or obligation to make a Reservation

Click to Check Availability           Click to Make Reservations

single1 Siletz Bay Cats consist of two Canoes\Kayaks.  It is the best way for a group or family to have the experience of getting the good big Crabs in Siletz Bay.

two cano2Our special kit will convert two kayaks or canoes into one catamaran. The structural integrity of this system has been proven on expeditions worldwide.

When crossing open stretches of water, our Catamaran offers incredible stability: the rig is virtually ‘untippable’.

Our Crabbing Catamaran feature opens new horizons and adds new dimensions to the exciting world of crabbing for any family or group.

Where to Crab:

  • Much more stable than a regular canoecrab map1
  • Totally Safe for families with small children or group, cannot be overturned
  • Stable even in rough weather
  • Rental Location is 100 ft from the entrance to the main Crabbing Area
  • Provides a stable platform to handle crab traps, grading crabs and  launching traps
  • Less Cost than Renting a Motor Boat
  • No motor fuel  to mess with
  • People not fond of kayaking\canoeing now have more of an option

 

Please Make a Reservation or Call 541-765-2109

We Must have High Tide to Launch.  We Only Rent and Launch when we have High Tide.  Otherwise, we may be Closed

For the Best Kayak Experience Please Call 541-765-2109 or   Click to Make Reservations

 We MAY NOT have any units if you just walk up.

There is No cost or obligation to make a Reservation

Click to Check Availability           Click to Make Reservations

We can provide everything you need, except you must provide:

  • Each person that plans to crab, 12 years or older, will need Shellfish license (available at a location listed below)  cost is $10 (resident, nonresident $19.) entitles the holder to 12 male crabs, minimum size 5 ¾ inches
  • Bring a pair of rubber or leather gloves if you want to protect your fingers,

WHERE TO BUY A LICENSE

  • Bi-Mart — 1030 SE Oar Ave • 541-614-1020
  • Siletz Kayak & Canoe Rentals 82 Siletz Highway 541-765-2109

Best Times to Crab

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Time of day: “Slack Tides” (the times of peak high are the best times to crab. At “Slack Tide,” the highest number of crab are walking around foraging since they are less affected by tidal currents.  see the above graph. Please Make a Reservation or Call 541-765-2109

We Must have High Tide to Launch.  We Only Rent and Launch when we have High Tide.  Otherwise, we may be Closed

For the Best Kayak Experience Please Call 541-765-2109 or   Click to Make Reservations

 We MAY NOT have any units if you just walk up.

There is No cost or obligation to make a Reservation

Click to Check Availability           Click to Make Reservations

Best Launch Times

We only rent at the times listed since our location is where the Siletz River flows into the Siletz Bay and the Pacific Ocean; therefore, the tides directly affect the crabbing.  The following are the best times to launch to get into the Bay for High Slate Tide.

September Best Launch Schedule 

Date Day Launch Slate Tide Feet
9/1 Sat 3:06 PM 5:36 PM 5.7
9/2 Sun 3:56 PM 6:26 PM 5.7
9/3 Mon 4:30 PM  8:00 PM 4.1
9/3 Mon Upriver only 7:26 PM 5.7
9/4 Tue 8:29 AM 9:29 AM 4.2
9/5 Wed 9:08 AM 10:38 AM 4.5
9/6 Thu 9:48 AM 11:33 AM 4.9
9/7 Fri 10:19 AM 12:19 PM 5.3
9/8 Sat 10:31 AM 1:01 PM 5.6
9/9 Sun 10:41 AM 1:41 PM 5.9
9/10 Mon 11:20 AM 2:20 PM 6.1
9/11 Tue 11:59 AM 2:59 PM 6.2
9/12 Wed 12:37 PM 3:37 PM 6.2
9/13 Thu 1:17 PM 4:17 PM 6.1
9/14 Fri 2:56 PM 4:59 PM 5.8
9/15 Sat 3:15 PM 5:45 PM 5.6
9/16 Sun 6:07 AM 7:22 AM 4.3
9/16 Sun Upriver only 6:38 PM 5.3
9/17 Mon 7:29 AM 8:44 AM 4.2
9/18 Tue 8:30 AM 10:00 AM 4.3
9/19 Wed 9:26 AM 10:56 AM 4.5
9/20 Thu 10:09 AM 11:39 AM 4.7
9/21 Fri 10:42 AM 12:12 PM 4.9
9/22 Sat 10:42 AM 12:42 PM 5.1
9/23 Sun 10:54 AM 1:09 PM 5.3
9/24 Mon 11:06 AM 1:36 PM 5.5
9/25 Tue 11:33 AM 2:03 PM 5.7
9/26 Wed 12:01 PM 2:31 PM 5.8
9/27 Thu 12:01 PM 3:01 PM 5.9
9/28 Fri 12:34 PM 3:34 PM 5.9
9/29 Sat 1:11 PM 4:11 PM 5.9
9/30 Sun 2:26 PM 4:56 PM 5.8

Crab Bait

Many different types of meat are used for crab baits.  We use what Crabs normally eat, dead fish.

Setting your traps and soak time

Set crab traps an adequate space apart from each other so that you aren’t competing against your own gear.

Try and allow between 60 -90 minutes before retrieving your traps.

daitLocate your float and approach slowly. Grab crab line just below the float with your hand.

Quickly sort through crab, being careful to not break crab legs or get your fingers pinched.

An experienced crab handler will sort crabs by keeping them at ease. They want to get out, but they don’t want to be forcefully grabbed.

A quick shake of the trap is often more effective than reaching directly for them.

Learn the difference between male and female crab.  With a crab gauge measure all male Dungeness crab.  Only retain the male Dungeness crab that is 5 ¾” inches across the back (NOT including the spines) or wider.  When measuring make sure you measure in a straight line across the back immediately in front of, but NOT including the last points.  Store legally sized “Keeper” crabs in a 5-gallon bucket with water.

If you keep your crabs in the bucket with water make sure to change the water frequently to keep the water cool and oxygenated

Releasing “soft shell” crab is strongly recommended. Soft-shelled crab are newly molted and are essentially a small crab in a big crabs body.

Oregon Certified Guide

Please Make a Reservation or Call 541-765-2109

We Must have High Tide to Launch.  We Only Rent and Launch when we have High Tide.  Otherwise, we may be Closed

For the Best Kayak Experience Please Call 541-765-2109 or   Click to Make Reservations

 We MAY NOT have any units if you just walk up.

There is No cost or obligation to make a Reservation

Click to Check Availability           Click to Make Reservations

Have a Picnic by the Ocean with your cooked crabs

We provide Cooking & Cleaning of Crabs for a fee of $2/crab.  If you would like to have a picnic after we cook the Crabs, go to milepost 122, south of the Salishan Resort, there sits a little-known gem of a state park – Gleneden Beach State Park.

park picnic1park shelter1A large parking lot allows for plenty of beachgoers during the summer, but during the other seasons, you’ll find yourself largely alone at the park.  Picnic tables, a small lawn area, and a picnic shelter for groups are also the highlight on this area above the beach.

Tpark rest room1here are restrooms aplenty as well.

One of the treats here is a sort of defacto lookout point at the end of the road next to the parking lot. The end of the road and the cliff here have started to fall apart, but you can still hang out here just beyond the barriers and look down on the surf. This is particularly satisfying at night when you can stop at the edge and shine your headlights down there, and then sit back and take in the nocturnal surf show.

park beach walk1Descend down a fairly short path, through a thickly forested stretch, and you’ll find the opening to this magnificent and rather unique beach. It’s all sand here – and comprised of course, large sand granules as well. Yellow sandstone cliffs in one state of crumbling or another also add to the atmosphere.

Things get interesting on this strand because of the steep tide line here, which causes the waves to come in rather hard and heavy, but then dissipate quickly. It’s even a little alarming at first, as it makes quite a raucous with big waves, then suddenly it becomes timid at your feet because of the rapid rise of the beach.

Cooking – If you want to cook and clean crabs yourself, read the following.

The most widely accepted method of cooking crab is in salt water. Ensure the pot is sufficient in size to allow plenty of space to cook the crab; don’t squeeze them into a small pot or inadequate amount of water. Add salt to the water and bring the pot to a rolling boil on the stove or campfire.

Depending on the size of your crab pot, drop the live crab into the boiling water, one at a time. This is the most humane method to kill your catch (death is instantaneous), and the safest for human consumption (no potential toxins are released into the crab meat). Allow sufficient room for each crab to boil freely. If the pot is overcrowded, the water will cool resulting in cooking conditions that are less than ideal.

Cook the crab for about approximately 10 minutes, starting the elapsed time after the water has returned to a full boil. Overcooking will yield crabmeat that is dry and stringy. Once cooked, the crab shell will turn pink. Remove the cooked crab from the water and let cool before cleaning.

Cleaning

Cleaning the crab is easy, once you have the know-how. Snap off the outer shell; place your fingers under one edge and give it a tug. It takes neither great coordination nor Herculean strength. Remove the gills and the yellowish organs with your fingers under running water. If you let the water do all of the work, some of the delightful flavors will be lost. Just dig in and do it! A gentle rinse with water is a good idea.

Crab meat is extremely perishable. The crab should be kept alive until it is cooked, cleaned immediately after cooking, and kept on ice until ready for eating. Plan your crab feast typically within 24 hours of your catch. If you would like to eat your crab hot, simply place the cleaned crab into boiling, salted water for a moment or two.

Suggestion: Dungeness crab has a mild, delicate flavor. Although it would enhance practically any seafood recipe, try eating the crab just by itself cold, right out of the shell, or hot dipped into drawn butter.

 

When to Crab

In the bay, the best time of day is several hours after low tide when the creatures are active and water currents disturb the crab gear least.  Crabbing is a great activity for any group, any time.

Dungeness crabs move between the Siletz Bay and the ocean.  Siletz Bay is open all year to recreational crabbing.

Justin Ainsworth, a shellfish biologist for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, said timing your crabbing trip in the fall is more important to success than figuring out which bay to try. Most bays will be primed with crabs in the latter part of the calendar year, with late September through November usually the very best.

Crabs molt during the summer and take a few months to fill out with good-quality meat, so summertime crabs are of lower quality. More quality crabs start to become available in late August or September.

Fall is typically the best time of the year to crab.  Beginning in September, crab tends to be more “filled out”, meaning there is a higher percentage of meat.

At times, after heavy rainfall the resulting increase in freshwater, crab tend to be less abundant in the bays.

Slack water (the time around high or low tide) is the best time to crab in the bays.  During slack water, crabs are generally walking around and foraging since they are not getting pushed around by tidal exchange.

On days when there is little difference between high and low tides (small tidal exchange), crabbing can go on almost all day.

To reduce the chances of losing gear due to tidal currents, make sure the crab trap is sufficiently heavy and the length of line used is at least double the depth of water the gear is in.

Using a sinking line, rather than floating line will reduce the chances of tangling lines in boat propellers.

Many different types of bait are used: turkey, chicken, clams, fish carcass, shad, herring, etc.  Fresh bait is best.

Keep in mind that seals and sea lions may eat bait they are attracted to and that they can access (e.g. laying out on a crab ring).  You can minimize this problem by using a bait bag or box, using bait that they don’t eat (e.g. turkey legs), avoiding areas where they are prevalent.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s shellfish program monitors recreational crab harvest in a number of Oregon’s bays.  Current crabbing reports can be found on ODFW’s shellfish webpage: http://www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/shellfish/crab.

Wear gloves and be extra cautious when reaching into a crab trap; a pinch from a crab can be very painful.  Handle the crab from the rear with a thumb on the underside or by grasping the rear legs.

Releasing “soft shell” crab is strongly recommended.  Soft shell crab is newly molted.  The volume of meat is low and the quality is usually stringy and less palatable.

Be sure to carefully and quickly release unwanted crab; do not throw them from heights as this will crack their carapace and kill them.  It is illegal to retain only the claws of any species.

The finest crab is caught between November and March, so try to get meat early in the season, if you can. The meat is rich, savory, and so delicious that many people enjoy eating Dungeness crab plain, although there are a variety of tasty preparations for it including salads, sandwiches, crab cakes, and seafood stews like cioppino.

The important thing to remember when cooking this type of crab is that the meat has an excellent and unique flavor which should not be overwhelmed by other ingredients; less really is more. Taste the meat plain before adding seasonings, and use a light hand to dress crab, allowing your guests to actually taste it. Preferably, crab should be cooked live, so clean it after it comes out of the boiler or steamer by splitting it down the middle and removing the center section, along with scraping away the gills on either side.

Crabbing is one of the Oregon Coast’s most enjoyable pastimes. The thrill of pursuing these cagey creatures is justly rewarded with savory table fare. A sport that can be shared with the entire family, crabbing continues to grow in popularity.

What to Wear

Wear comfortable clothing that is appropriate for the day’s weather. Quick-drying synthetic fabrics and comfortable footwear that can get wet are best. Having rain gear is always advisable.

We recommend a water bottle and an extra layer for warmth and don’t forget the camera.

Projected 2018 Fall Air Temperature

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The rentals include boat, paddles,  life jacket, invasive species permit, launch and parking for one vehicle.

 Warning:  During the summer, the area of Siletz River nearest the mouth of the bay often has unpredictable winds and waves at the middle of the day.

Wearing a personal flotation device (PFD) is mandatory.

Please Make a Reservation or Call 541-765-2109

We Must have High Tide to Launch.  We Only Rent and Launch when we have High Tide.  Otherwise, we may be Closed

For the Best Kayak Experience Please Call 541-765-2109 or   Click to Make Reservations

 We MAY NOT have any units if you just walk up.

There is No cost or obligation to make a Reservation

Click to Check Availability           Click to Make Reservations

Reservation Office Hours …. 10 am – 9 pm …. Everyday … 541-765-2109 

Launch Site Hours ….. 82 Siletz Hwy

  • Lincoln City, OR   97267
  • 541-765-2109
  • info@kayaksiletzbay.fun
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