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“CrabWise Bill” wrote the book “Oregon’s Crabs

CrabWise Bill has taught and designed crab traps for 20 years. The first Crab Trap he was involved with was the Crab Max.

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In 2004, during the summer, the Visitors Bureau of Lincoln City started sponsoring a free Crabbing Clinic with Bill Lackner, once or twice a month, to encourage Cabbing in Siletz Bay.

The Crab Max can be used with a fishing pole. This picture is of Bill Lackner, the author of the book “Oregon Crabs” with a fish pole and two Crabs caught in a Crab Max,

During the Crab Clinics, Bill found that a Hand-Line thrown from the shore or boat workedbetter than using a fishing pole.

He has been working with different manufacturers to develop a more robust and better trap with all the good features of the original Crab Max.

NEW Original Crab Max© ... $45

Original Crab Max

Hand-Line – 12 USD 123456789
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Made by the original manufacturer (Hand-Line not included)  is available online

The Original Crab Max© with a netting area is a square 15″ X 15″ = 225 sq inches of netting area.

The Original Crab Max© with a netting area is a square 15″ X 15″ = 225 sq inches of netting area.

Crab Max Enhance Trap ….. $40

NEW Enhanced Crab Max Traps …$40 It looks and functions the same as the original Crab Max© but from a different manufacturer with different and stronger Trap harnesses, fishing snap, and swivel. It is rated at 200 lbs. break strength instead of 100 lbs., which comes with the original Crab Max and less money. (Hand-Line not included) …….. Less Lost Traps

Crab Trap Enhancements … means less lost traps

Losing a Crab Trap means one of four (4) parts breaking

Breaking Strenth ……….…… Crab Max ………….Enhance Crab Trap

Hand-Line ……………………… 200 lbs………….Choice of … 200 ,.. 340 or 500 lbs

Fishing Snap …………………… 120 lbs…………. 220 lbs

Swivel ……………………….…. 220 lbs…………..352 lbs

Line to Close Trap …………..…. 100 lbs…………..500 lbs

Hand-line is mounted on Plastic Holder, which will not rot.

The heavy-duty construction of the Crab Trapper requires more than 220 lbs to break any part of the Hand-Line or connections………….. Fewer lost traps

CrabWise Bill has been been working with a new manufacturer developing a whole new Family of Crab Traps called the Crab Trappers, which will be available by May 2023. They will:

  • Have more Crab Netting Area
  • Attracted more Crabs with Chicken Spike & Improved Bait Bag
  • Addition Crab Snares
  • Have a Crab Smell Bag
  • Large Crab Collection Area

More Crab Netting Area

Area of a square = Withe X height

Crab Max/Enhance Crab Trap is a Square 15″ X 15″ with net crab netting area = of 225 square inch

Area of a circle = Radius X Radius * 3.1317

Crab Trapper is a 16″ Circle 10″X 10″ X 3.1417 with net crab netting area of 314 square inch

The Crab Trapper has 40% more Crab catching Area using the same amount of steel frame as the Crab Max

Hand-Line Enhancements … less lost traps

The Hand-Line consists of four (4) parts

  • Breaking Strenth ……… Crab Max ………….Crab Trapper
  • Hand-Line ……………………… 200 lbs………….Choice of … 200 ,.. 340 or 500 lbs
  • Fishing Snap …………………… 120 lbs…………. 220 lbs
  • Swivel ……………………………. 220 lbs…………..352 lbs
  • Line to Close Trap ……………. 100 lbs…………..500 lbs

Hand-line is mounted on Plastic Holder, which will not rot.

The heavy-duty construction of the Crab Trapper requires more than 220 lbs to break any part of the Hand-Line or connections………….. Fewer lost traps

Better Crab Baiting … two sources to attracted more crabs

Chicken Spike

Easier to put the bait on the Chicken Spike. We recommend Dark Meat Chicken

The Spike is Horizontal with a simpler release pen.

Smell Bag or second Bait Bag

The Smell Bag lures crabs with the smell of the bait, After 5-6 minutes, the Trap is pulled, and there are more Crabs caught than in regular traps.

According to the experts, Crab finds food and appeals to their sense of smell. Crabs rely on their sense of smell to find prey. Crabs have chemoreceptors that detect chemicals in the water released by their prey. These chemoreceptors are located on a crab’s antennae. These are long, segmented appendages near the Crab’s eyes that have both chemoreceptors and allow them to feel their surroundings.

Crabs don’t smell through any organ-like a nose but instead use microscopic “smelling” organisms. Therefore, anything that has a strong smell can attract a whole host of these creatures.

Crab Attractant is an oil. The oil is quite attractive to crabs. It also contains unique amino acids that give it unparalleled versatility in going after all kinds of other species. It is a commercial product you can buy, but it’s made of natural ingredients like anise oil, fish oil, amino acids, and salmon egg juice. Soak the provided sponge or marinate any bait with this add-on oil for about three hours before using it.

To see independent opinions of Crab Attractant, We use ProCure and Smelly Jelly as Crab Attraction.

If you Crab in a place where crab traps can get caught, we have the following Hand-Line options.

Soft Braided Hand-Line (90 ft) Option … $10.00 when ordering with a trap order.

  • Strongest Hand-Line … Tensile* Strength of 420. If you get tarp caught on something, you can pull harder before the line breaks … FEVER LOST TRAPS
  • Easier on the hands when not wearing gloves,
  • The Hand-Line will tangle easiest if put into a pile. It works well if you spread it over a wide area. If you pile it in one place, it will tangle more than the Hard -Line braided

Black Braided Poly (100 ft) Option …. $12.00 (Hand-Line must be ordered with traps)

  • Less robust line … Tensile* Strength of 300. This means if you get trap caught on something, you cannot pull as hard as the Soft Braid Hand-Line before the line breaks
  • Tangles less that the Hand-Line above

Hard Braided Lay Hand-Line (90 ft) … $15 Option … $15.00 when ordering with a trap

Hard Braided Hand-Line (130 ft) Option … $20.00 when ordering with a trap order.

  • The original Crab Max came with a Hard Braided hand-line. They weaken the Hand-Line to make it not tangle as easyily.
  • Less robust line … Tensile* Strength of 200. This means if you get trap caught on something, you cannot pull as hard as the Soft Braid Hand-Line before the line breaks … More lost traps.
  • Rough on the hands if not wearing gloves

When ordering without a corresponding trap order $5/String extra plus handling and shipping

*Tensile Strength in pounds based on conditions pulled to breathe line.

Crabbing Extras

Using a crab mallet and shaking the crab will cut your crab-picking time to minutes rather than hours. The crab mallet is used to humanely kill the crabs by turning them over onto their back and striking at their abdominal flap, humanly killing them before cleaning and cooking them.

The Mallet offers several advantages.

  • It reduces accidents when adding live crabs to a pot of boiling water.
  • Eliminates contact with the crab butter and internal organs, thereby reducing exposure to marine toxins.
  • Exposes the crab meat to the flavor of spices added to the boiling water, such as those found in Crab Boil.
  • Real time saver when cooking large numbers of crabs.
  • Crab Mallet … $3.00
  • Crab Keeper Gauge … $3.50
  • The 116-page color edition of Oregon’s Crabs Book for $14 when placed with a Trap order. Click Here for Details
  • Keepers are defined as 5 -3/4 inches across the shell.
  • Twelves (12) Dungeness Crabs are allowed per day per license
  • We Clean and Cook @ $2.50/Crab.

Shirts say, “I Catch my Dinner on the Oregon Coast.”

  • Sizes small – 4XL color teal blue
  • $25 if include with trap order

The Dungeness crabs in the cover photo were part of the thirty crabs “CrabWise Bill” caught while crabbing from the north shore of Siletz 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 catch 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.

Oregon’s Crabs: The book, 116-page new edition of Oregon’s Crabs, provides the reader with a personal message. To order Oregon’s Crab for $22.00 plus 3.40 shipping and handling.

In 2004, during the summer, the Visitors Bureau of Lincoln City started sponsoring a free Crabbing Clinic with Bill Lackner, (CrabWise Bill) once or twice a month, to encourage Cabbing in Siletz Bay.

The Crab Max can be used with a fishing pole. During the Crab Clinics, Bill found a Hand-Line thrown from the shore or boat worked as well or better than using a fishing pole.

The wooden crab mallet is a recent addition to our family of products. $3,50 per mallet is an excellent price for this time saver. The shipping cost of $1.95 applies to the first crab mallet only. Click on the Add to Button below.

Killing and backing the crabs prior to cooking them offers the crabber several advantages: it reduces occurrence of accidents when adding live crabs to a pot of boiling water, eliminates contact with the crab butter and internal organs thereby reducing exposure to marine toxins, exposes the crab meat to the flavor of spices added to the boiling water such as those found in Crab Boil and is a real time saver when cooking large numbers of crabs.

Crab Gage. Click the Add To Cart Button below to order the Oregon, Washington, and California Crab Gage for $3.00 plus a $3.30 shipping and handling charge. Buy half a dozen crab gages to reduce the cost of the shipping and handling charge. The shipping and handling charge applies to the first crab gage only.

To order just the above items

CLICK HERE to order Crab Traps, including the above items, at special pricing

Email for price quote@crabsmax.com or Call 541-765-2109

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