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Catching Dungeness Crab with Rod & Reel

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Chapter I: How I First Got “Snared”
By Jerry Back
10/13/15 -- A few years ago I was walking along Fort Point Pier here in my hometown of San Francisco and came across a fisherman who had just begun furiously reeling in his line. His rod was bent over considerably and his level of focus and concentration was intense. I was getting excited with anticipation to see what would soon be emerging out of the water.

He maintained a steady cranking of his reel -- like a machine on autopilot. No unexpected lurching; no rod pumping; no letting out some drag to let whatever monster he had on the line make a final run to tire it out. Instead, it was crank, crank, crank.

Unexpectedly, at least for me anyway, instead of the 25 pound salmon I was envisioning, two healthy-sized crab were pulled up -- one Red Rock crab and one Dungeness crab. Even more surprising was that these crabs were hanging from a tangled mess of monofilament loops that were attached to a tiny box seemingly made out of chicken wire. I had never seen anything like it. I asked what was on the end of his line. He responded with “it’s a crab snare.”

Crab snaring in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge , photo by Jerry Back
Crab snaring in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge never gets old. Photos courtesy of Jerry Back

The fisherman then proceeded to remove the crabs from the crab snare and then untangled and reset its loops. He first measured the Red Rock crab and, after it having passed the 4” minimum size requirement, was then promptly placed into a waiting cooler that had been already filled with at least a dozen crab (I would later learn there is a 35 crab limit for the Red Rock crab species).

First day of the 2012-13 crab season. Golden Gate Bridge in the background as the fog lifts. Photo: Jerry Back
First day of the 2012-13 crab season.

The larger Dungeness crab was unceremoniously thrown back into the water -- much to the disappointment of several bystanders. One asked the fisherman why did he throw back a crab that would have made such a tasty meal? The fisherman pointed over to the nearby Golden Gate Bridge, standing majestically as always, and explained “Dungeness crab can only be taken legally on the other side of that bridge -- the Pacific Ocean side. On this side of the bridge (the Fort Point Pier side), I have to throw them all back.”

Jerry Back, author, posing with Golden Gate bridge in the background
Jerry Back, author of this crab snaring guide, stops to have his picture taken.

Well, I started to do my research and soon began snaring Dungeness crab using my rod and reel, as well; however, I did it on the legal side of the Golden Gate Bridge. The following photos will attest to that! Read on if you, too, would like to learn how to catch Dungeness crab using just a rod, a reel and a tiny little contraption called a crab snare.

[Editor's Note: Jerry Back's article on this subject is being presented in four chapters. Please watch this space for Chapter II within a few days.]

Jerry Back is a television research executive residing in San Francisco, California. Other outdoor interests include fishing for Striped Bass (a.k.a., “stripers”) and anything else he can catch on the beaches of San Francisco. Jerry can be contacted at

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