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Fishermen get 'crabby' start to season

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Sport crab fishers in the California bay area are expecting a high yield because of the absence of large commercial boats.(Source: KTVU/FOX) Sport crab fishers in the California bay area are expecting a high yield because of the absence of large commercial boats.(Source: KTVU/FOX)

SAN FRANCISCO (KTVU/FOX) – Crabs are treated the same as hidden treasure in the bay area of California, and the annual oceanic gold rush is just beginning.

Sport crab fishing season just got under way, and its success is often an advanced indicator of the commercial season that begins next week.

Robert Gallia, skipper of the Berkeley-based sport crabbing party boat Eldorado, expects a high yield this year.

"Years past, we could go out on opening day of the sports fishing season and we can find our traps only holding six, maybe eight or 10 crab on the opening day. That's a pretty weak indicator. Every trip we make (this year), we are expecting full traps."

The length of the local season depends on if and how many big factory boats come down from far northern California and the Northwest.

Gallia said a lot of the bigger boats are hesitant to come down this year because they may be restrained by good crabbing and high costs to truck crab pots down south.

Lots of folks also go crabbing right from the piers because no license is required.

"I come out here because it's closer," said pier crabber Carol Perkins. "We usually go to Tomales Bay, Losten Landing and hopefully catch some crab. We heard word that they're out here."

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