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136--Alaska: Feeling Crabby
@ CherieSpotting     Jul 16 2003 - 05:32 PST
cherie writes: Rick yelled from the helm: “Cherie, do you feel like crab?”

“My skin’s a little dry, but I wouldn’t go that far.”

With that, Greg and I set out in the dinghy to set the crab pots. Isabelle baited the pots with the salmon carcasses, and Rick started making fresh sour dough bread.

We weren’t the only ones that wanted crab for dinner. Other crabber’s pots circled the cove like a red and white beaded necklace. A few hours later, Sue reeled in the Crab pots like a pro.

Rick examined each crab and threw an overgrown sea-star back. All the females got life; you aren’t allowed to keep them. The smaller male crabs were also given another chance as Rick hucked them one by one back into the sea. “Life is tough,” Rick declared. “Especially if you are a male crab over 6.5 inches.”

“You’re a real crabber now!” I yelled. Witty Sue hollered back: “I’ve been called crabby before, but never a crabber!”

A few hours later we feasted on sweet Dungeness crab and fresh sourdough bread. That meal was the best meal of my life. The crab melted on my tongue like a sweet pat of butter. Sadly, the meal was out-done each night after that by another one of Rick’s delicious sea-food creations.

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Alaska's version of the whoopi-cushion.

Alaska's version of the whoopi-cushion.

Cherie and Greg with their Dungeness dinner.

Cherie and Greg with their Dungeness dinner.

Dave and Sue with the crabs.

Dave and Sue with the crabs.

Rick in the galley making fresh sourdough bread.

Rick in the galley making fresh sourdough bread.

Rick has to break up this crab fight.

Rick has to break up this crab fight.

Life is tough when you're a male crab over 6.5 inches.

Life is tough when you're a male crab over 6.5 inches.

Cherie with the crab pots, pretending to help.

Cherie with the crab pots, pretending to help.

Sweet Dungeness crab.

Sweet Dungeness crab.

Isabelle with the crab pots.

Isabelle with the crab pots.

Greg, the crabber.

Greg, the crabber.

Cherie scares Rick.  The terror is real.

Cherie scares Rick. The terror is real.

You never know what is going to crawl into your crab pot.

You never know what is going to crawl into your crab pot.

We seem to catch as many crabs at the commercial crabbing boats.

We seem to catch as many crabs at the commercial crabbing boats.

Who says you can't fish off a sailboat?

Who says you can't fish off a sailboat?

Greg pulls up the crab pot!

Greg pulls up the crab pot!

Ted doesn't like to exaggerate.  He measures each fish.

Ted doesn't like to exaggerate. He measures each fish.

Ted, Isabelle & Rick with their catch-of-the-day.

Ted, Isabelle & Rick with their catch-of-the-day.

A rock fish to an angler is a red snapper on a restaurant's menu.

A rock fish to an angler is a red snapper on a restaurant's menu.

They don't make Halibut like that these days.

They don't make Halibut like that these days.

There's a King!

There's a King!

Dave and his cute little eelpout.

Dave and his cute little eelpout.

Cherie learns to clean fish.

Cherie learns to clean fish.

It's much easier to filet a fish than I thought.

It's much easier to filet a fish than I thought.

A nice view is a bonus when fishing.

A nice view is a bonus when fishing.

Look at all that bait on the fish finder!

Look at all that bait on the fish finder!

You have to be careful when you clean the fish.  You could loose a finger!

You have to be careful when you clean the fish. You could loose a finger!

Look at what Cherie caught!

Look at what Cherie caught!

Look at what Greg caught!

Look at what Greg caught!

Who will help us eat all that salmon?

Who will help us eat all that salmon?

The halibut carcasses become eagle chow.

The halibut carcasses become eagle chow.

Naked salmon chasing the boat!

Naked salmon chasing the boat!

Just for the halibut.

Just for the halibut.

Rick, a little scary after cleaning fish.

Rick, a little scary after cleaning fish.

Rick tries to free the Skate Dave reeled in.

Rick tries to free the Skate Dave reeled in.

Look!  He's smiling for the camera.

Look! He's smiling for the camera.

Cherie AKA "I don't care about fishing" changes her tune and can't put the rod down.

Cherie AKA "I don't care about fishing" changes her tune and can't put the rod down.