Saturday, July 11th
We than went down to a lighthouse on Bandon Beach where we walked out on a jetty and watched the waves. Just as I turned to walk back, a nice big one caught me on the back and wet me down pretty good. The cool morning just got a lot cooler.
We than took a drive into Bandon and walked out onto the city pier. One of the campers at the campground had told us about crabbing off of the pier for dungeness crabs. We could rent the trap, bait and bucket all for $8.00 plus the price of a license $11.00. After talking to a few people and the guy at the bait shop, I decided to wait until Sunday morning so I could catch the incoming tide. Morning tide at 8:30am, evening tide at 8:30pm. We found a nice little beach restaurant and had some fish (halibut) and chips and some great clam chowder. We than walked around the shops before heading back to the campground.
Since we were leaving Bullards Beach State Park on Sunday and heading to Nehalem State Park which was further north on the coast, we decided to go ahead and check out and park the RV down by the pier and leave directly from the pier.
We got up early and headed to the Bandon City Pier. All went well and we found a good spot for the RV, I got my license and traps with bait (decided I needed 2) and headed down to the pier. Steve did not get a license so he was not allowed to throw the traps out or pull them in and each weighed about 15 lbs. Each trap had to be thrown out and pulled back in every 15 minutes, so I got pretty tired fairly quickly. In order to keep a crab, first it has to measure 5 ¾ inches just under the points, than it has to be male. So I was pretty excited when my first trap came up with about 5 crabs, however none met the size limit. Than I got one and was all excited because it was big, but turned out to be a female, so back in the water. I threw the first trap out about 8 am, by 10 am, I was having a lot of fun but I was getting tired and only had 3 keepers. I had gone up to take a bathroom break and while I was gone, one of the commercial crabbers stopped and was looking for volunteers to go out with him and pull in his traps. As payment, he would give you your limit which is 12 crabs, I’m not sure he would have let me go even if I had been there but the guy next to us did go. When he returned, with what he got from helping out and what he and his wife had already caught, they were over their limit and they gave us 5 crabs! He and his wife had previously lived in Bandon and loved to crab so they came back every chance they got. They are now working in Nevada, working in the gold mines, she is a heavy equipment operator and he is a heavy equipment mechanic, very nice and interesting couple and obviously super in my book since they gave me 5 crabs.
So we took our crabs and dropped them off at a place on the pier that for 75 cents each, will cook and clean the crabs for you. We dropped ours off and headed to find a resturant for breakfast. It was noon by the time we picked up our crabs and pulled out, heading to Nehalem Bay which is located just outside of Tillamook. We had estimated about a 4 ½ drive up 101 so we expected to be there about 5 PM, we were having crabs for dinner!