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Surf & Turf

Posted by todblog on February 18, 2013

February 18, 2013

My nephew Uriah came all the way from Gainesville, Florida, to work at the Oregon State University Wave Lab and we thought it would be nice to take him out to do something different than what he normally gets to do. In other words, it’s a pass to go out and play. We loaded up the drift boat and crabbing gear and headed over to Coos Bay. The rivers were all running low as there had been no rainfall in a couple of weeks so, there should be good crabbing in the bay. The weather forecast was calling for a chance of some rain showers but, calm winds.

We launched the boat at Empire and headed out to find a spot to make the “big haul”. There were a lot of boats out on the water because it turned out to be a beautiful day. As soon as we got to our first spot I noticed trouble with the outboard motor. The gear shifter wasn’t working anymore and we were adrift in the bay with no forward or reverse. Slight panic sensation overtook me.

Uriah took a look at it and soon found the problem, fixed it and we were back in business. That’s when we saw our Guardian Angel’s fly by…the orange Coast Guard Helicopter! We were in good hands and there were lots of other boats around to render aid should we have needed it.

As it turns out the crabbing was slow with lots of sub-legal crabs and females that got tossed back into the bay. It seemed the other boaters were having about as much luck. We finally called it quits with enough Dungeness Red Rock crabs for dinner and some leftovers.

When we got home, Jeanine had deer backstrap steaks marinating and ready for the grill. We quickly steamed the crabs and barbequed the steaks and had them on the table for dinner. We also opened a bottle of Gruner Veltliner from Reustle Prayer Rock Vineyards, a local winery just around the corner from our home. Uriah got a chance to feast on some of Oregon’s finest foods.


Checking the GPS to see how far we are from “the spot”


Guardian Angels doing a fly by. Thanks guys!


First keeper. In Oregon that’s male Dungeness crabs with 5-3/4″ width minimum size.


Trap full of crabs


Dungeness crab


Red Rock Crab


Cooked and ready for the table!


Fine local food- crab, venison, broccoli slaw & white wine.


Oregon Good Eats!


2 Responses to “Surf & Turf”

  1. Mark said

    Sounds like a good day on the water. A fresh crab dinner is a bonus. Good on you Todd for introducing someone to a new activity on the water.

    We hit the beach today and managed 5 keeper dungeness keepers on the snare from the sand. They will make a fabulous dinner.


  2. Sharon said

    Wish I was there! Love crabbing, tried the Gruner Veltliner last year –fantastic!


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