Northern CA Saltwater Fishing Report

Crabbing trips gaining popularity in Fort Bragg

BY BUD NEVILLE/WON Staff WriterPublished: Nov 29, 2011

FORT BRAGG — The lack of a commercial crabbing season (so far), the desire for Thanksgiving crab and a 10 crab limit all helped to boost angler traffic to Fort Bragg, where fishing restrictions in recent years has whittled away wharfside industries. Captain Randy Thornton on the Telstar said his holiday business for the crab hungry was robust.


“We ran six days this week,” said Thornton. “On Saturday, we had 28 anglers, and although a big swell made crabbing a little tougher, we ended up with 280 crabs. It just took a little longer!” On Sunday, the ocean laid down and his 21 anglers quickly put their limits aboard, with enough for limits for the crew also.


“We threw back about 60 keepers on Sunday,” said Thornton. “We were back in the harbor by 10:30 a.m.” So far, every trip out has produced crab limits for the Telstar. Thornton credits the commercial season delay and the 10-crab limit (ports south of the Mendocino County line are limited to 6 crabs on charter boats) with boosting his client count.

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