As a Marylander, and thus an authority on crabbing since birth, chicken on a string is a great way to while away the hours, though a cage is less work. There are two primary types of cage: one you set and forget, and it creates a maze the crab gets stuck in. The other has four doors on hinges. Sink it with bait tied in the middle, wait a bit, then pull it up rapidly to slam the doors shut.
Steamed with old bay is the way to go.
As a side note, I learned when I was 20 that blue crab can be found all over! I was the labor foreman on a shrimp farm in Saudi Arabia, dearly missing Maryland's slightly cooler summer, and at a BBQ chicken dinner we had to celebrate the installation
of a new water pump, I looked over the side of the coast guard dock
and saw a bunch clinging to the piles. Collected them by hand, boiled them up, and scared the locals when I started digging in. Sure cure for homesickness, though it did give me second thoughts about wading in the farm supply channel ...
Also Mark, if you're in the Carolinas or Maryland
, the crabs are running now, so get the easy catching while you can over the next two weeks!
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