Interested in learning how to catch your own crab, but don’t know how to get started? There’s a FREE seminar for that!

The America’s Boating Club of Deception Pass is offering a free Crabbing 101 seminar, to be held on Tuesday, June 20 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Oak Harbor Yacht Club. Community members can learn how to catch Dungeness crab from the shore or boat, including making sure you’ve got the proper equipment, the best bait, license requirements and regulations, and the best locations to drop your crab pots.

“We’ll cover everything you need to catch, clean and cook Dungeness,” said John Hudson, Crabbing 101 instructor. “Even a tried-and-true recipe for crab cakes is included.”

According to Hudson, Dungeness is arguably the tastiest shellfish in the Puget Sound, and plentiful in our area. “It is an exciting summer activity, and even better is that it doesn’t require expensive equipment or a large boat.”

The seminar is free, and those interested in attending can contact Jerry Liggett at

The America’s Boating Club of Deception Pass is a 44-year-old nonprofit organization with over 80 members from Whidbey and Fidalgo islands. It is part of the United States Power Squadrons, a non-profit boating organization dedicated to education & training of safe boating activities.

To view WDFW recreational crabbing regulations visit: