Sustainable Living Center Oregon
Folding crab traps are a recent innovation that is changing the face of crabbing from crab docks and the sandy shore.
The CRABS MAX© in the open position is a proven folding crab trap that outperforms conventional crab rings and other folding crab traps.
The Crabs Max Trap is only made in Lincoln City, Oregon. Not legal in California
Our Crab Trap rental Problem …. We have been Renting the Crab Max© type of crab trap for more than six (6) years. It is an excellent Crab Trap. But on average, our customers lose one (1) trap weekly. As part of the customer rental agreement, they agree to pay (buy) if they lose a trap, but this is not good for our business.
We have started to replace the weaker parts of the Crab Max© with more substantial parts to the point we are rebuilding the original Crab Max©. We now sell Crab Max New at $45.00 or Recycled for $35 without Hand-Lines,
The original Crab Max is an excellent option if you are crabbing in an area where you never catch your trap on the rocks or anything. But if you are in a place where crab traps get caught, we have the following options for you.
Soft Braided Hand-Line (90 ft) Option … $10.00 when ordering with a trap.
Hard Brainded Lay Hand-Line (90 ft) Option … $15.00 when ordering with a trap
Soft Braided Hand-Line (130 ft) Option … $15.00 when ordering with a trap.
Hard Braided Lay Hand-Line (130 ft) Option … $20.00 when ordering with a trap
When ordering without a corresponding trap order $5/String extra plus handling and shipping
*Tensile Strength in pounds based on conditions pulled to break
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 the 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.
Pickup Locally …. FREE Handling and Shipping
Handling Fee …. $10 ,,, Packing and Delivery to Shipper for any size order
Shipping Options up to 3 Traps … $ 35 … UPS Ground with tracking number if shipped In Oregon or Washington
Shipping Options up to 3 Traps … $ 20 .. Snail Mail (US postal service and no tracking number)} if shipped In Oregon or Washington
Outside of Oregon or Washington or less than 3 traps, email quote @crabsmax.com for a quote
Once the decision is made to purchase a Crabs Max© Trap, Do not cut or untie any of the lines on the crab trap or alter the bend in the trap’s frame. Be sure to wear gloves when deploying or retrieving the traps. Always use the wooden ball when throwing the trap into the water to avoid injuring yourself or others.
To use the Crabs Max© with the hand line, uncoil all 90 feet of the hand line from the hand-line holder. To use the crabs max with the Hand-Line, uncoil the line, then reverse coil the hand-line back toward the holder.
Open the trap by sliding the ball-bearing swivel off of the bait pin. Unfold the crab trap. Open the bait clip by sliding the bait pin sleeve of the bait pin. Insert the bait pin through a chicken leg at the large end of the chicken leg. Fasten the bait pin containing the chicken leg to the trap by sliding the bait pin sleeve over the bait pin.
Chicken legs are hollow and full of bone marrow. Use a pair of pruning shears to cut halfway through the leg bone below each chicken leg joint to facilitate the entry of the bait pin exposing the bone marrow to attract crabs to the bait.
Step on the line holder, grasp the hand line, and look behind you to ensure the area is clear. Spin the crab trap several times in a circular motion and throw the crab trap into the water. The wooden ball on the hand line is set to achieve the maximum distance when spun in a circular motion and thrown into the water.
When crabbing is good, wait 5 minutes before pulling the Crabs Max© trap filled with all sizes of Dungeness Crabs.
The Crabs Max© is easily the most delicate folding crab trap on the market today. Made from high-quality stainless steel, the Crabs Max© trap is easily used with a hand line with our exclusive “wooden ball” used to deploy the trap up to 90 feet into the sub-tidal areas of the bay. You will be taking crabs from our bays long after you have thrown other traps away. The use of hand lines is exclusive to Crab Max.
Oregon’s Crabs New Editon
The new 116 page color edition is inclusive of the crabs of interest to recreational crabbers and stimulates the interest of young crabbers in the complexity and diversity of the crabs common to the Pacific Northwest.
Dungeness crabs on the book cover were taken from the North Shore of Siletz during the incoming tide at 3:00 am.
he Book includes:
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 book Oregon’s Crabs was the first publication in the NW to stress the importance of backing and cleaning crabs as soon as possible after being caught to minimize contamination of the body meat by marine toxins.
In today’s environment, it is vital to back and clean the crabs immediately after being caught during periods with elevated Marine Toxins. Generally, Dungeness crabs are safe to eat up to 2 hours after death.
In Today’s environment, the crab’s powerful gastric fluids containing marine toxins can penetrate the body meat in the crab’s honeycomb cartilage. This problem is eliminated by cleaning the crab by backing it as soon as they are caught. Of course, this is a moot point and unnecessary when the ocean water is free from marine toxins. Always check the Shellfish Hotline before crabbing or digging clams. The importance of the accuracy of the Shellfish Hotline cannot be overstated.