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A day in the life of a crabber

Posted on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 9:50 am

At daybreak each morning, Jeff Schenemann climbs aboard his 24 foot Carolina Skiff and cruises the “creeks” of the Chesapeake Bay in which he maintains over 100 crab pots. From a family of watermen, Schenemann is “at home” on a boat and says that “there is really nothing else I’d rather do as far as a job goes” in reference to his crabbing and fishing lifestyle.

“Crabbing season usually goes from the end of March until about Thanksgiving,” Schenemann continues. “My crab pots get tended every day because these crabs will cannibalize each other if not fed. I feed them menhaden, making sure to leave enough for any and all crabs who enter the traps.”

According to the Chesapeake Bay Stock Assessment committee report, there were approximately 147 million female adult (age 1+) estimated to be present in the Bay at the start of the 2018 season. According to Schenemann, this year’s crabbing is adequate; not as prolific as some years past, and not as bad as some years ago either.

For the full article, pick up the latest Northern Neck News 6/26/19

Crabber Jeff Schenemann spends his days on the water in search of the Chesapeake Bay delicacy.