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Summer on the Shore table. It connects you to them and makes you appreciate them in a whole new way. Andrew Southworth goes where the crabs are. He has crabbed rivers and creeks all over the Shore in his 17-foot aluminum jon boat with a recreational crabbing boat license. He crabs for a number of reasons. “I like being on the water, I like being with friends, and I enjoy the whole process of catching, steaming, and eating crabs,” Southworth said. “I really like taking people who have never done it and exposing them to something new.” Southworth uses a trotline, a heavy fishing line with bait at-

tached at intervals, with chicken necks or razor clams for bait. He often takes his family ~ from daughters and his wife, to siblings and parents. “It’s one of the few activities you can do with your family where you have to work as a team,” he said. “Everyone has a role, one dipping, one spotting ~ it’s forced family fun.” His advice to folks looking to try crabbing is to go early and stay out of the way of the commercial watermen who are out there making their living. And try to learn from those who know where the crabs are. Southworth is happy spending time on the water, but happier still when he comes home with a bushel of crabs. Crabbing isn’t the only reason

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