Crab Opening Day
Sport Fishing:  November 1, 2014
Commercial:  November 15, 2014

The daily limit is 10 crab. 

The minimum size limit is 5¾ inches measured by the shortest through the body from edge of shell to edge of shell in front of and excluding the lateral spines.

For those of you who want to have crab, but not do the catching part, you will have to wait until November 15th, when the commercial fishing begins.  Until then, it is illegal for sport fishermen to sell the crab they catch.

Keeping female crabs is strictly prohibited.

A) a male crab    (B) a female crab

PictureHalf Moon Bay Sportfishing and Tackle

This place has every kind of crab gear you will need from deep water to from the shore equipment.     They will give you the basics of catching crab and direct you to areas where you can catch crab, including off the jetty in front of Pillar Point RV Park.

27 Johnson Pier
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019    

The New Coastside #2 Bait & Tackle
1604 Francisco Blvd.
Pacifica, CA 94044    

Don't forget to get your fishing license! 

There is one thing you will need regardless of how you catch crabs, and that is a fishing license. You will need a license to catch crabs, or do any other types of fishing. Crabbing qualifies as sport fishing. The kind of license you need to purchase is a tidal water fishing license. Be sure you don't mistakenly buy the fresh water one. You can't use that to legally catch the two species of crab that you want.  

Get an idea of all the different methods used to catch crab. At this website:

Game wardens are stationed daily at Pillar Point Harbor, the launch site and along the jetty, so be sure you follow the rules or they will give you a ticket.

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