Outer Banks Crabbing

Outer Banks,  NC


Crabs can be caught in local sound waters from late spring into early fall, but the best months for crabbing are May, June and July. Crabbing can be a fun activity for both adults and children and is relatively simple. You need a length of cord with suitable bait tied to one end. Chicken necks or fish heads work well for enticing the crabs onto your line. Throw the bait into the water, wait a few minutes, then pull gently on the line to see if you have a crab nibbling on the other end. When you are done, boil your catch, and enjoy! If you prefer not to eat your catch, it is also fun to catch and release them back into the water. 

Crabbing in the Currituck Sound is a fun and easy activity that people of all ages can enjoy. To go crabbing, you will need a net, string, and some bait (chicken necks and fish heads work well). All of these items can be purchased inexpensively at a local Outer Banks bait and tackle shop or convenience store.

First, be sure to place your bait in a cooler, so it stays fresh. Crabs will avoid spoiled bait. Next, tie a piece of bait to a string long enough so the bait will settle at the bottom of the water. Drop your bait into the water, hold tight, and wait for a bite! Then, slowly pull up your string and gather your crab into the net at the surface of the water.