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Soft Shell Crabs In Good Supply In Crisfield

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CRISFIELD, Md. -  It's still early for area watermen but signs look good for a booming soft shell crabbing season, especially around the waters of Crisfield, says long-time crabber Randall Burke.

"The season's been very good," he said. "[There's a ] lot of crabs, and going to be a lot of crabs." 

Burke has been crabbing these waters off Crisfield for some 43 years, and says a good spawning season last year combined with a very mild winter has meant the best start to a season in decades.

"It's been years since we've seen this many crabs,and catching this many crabs. I haven't seen nothing like this in a long time," Burke said. 

He says last year at this time they may have caught four or five bushels of peelers a day. This year it's been as many as 20 bushels. Capt. Jordan Corbin agrees, saying, "It's been a good one for peeler potters and trapper's as well."

Corbin has been working on the water since he was 3-years-old. He does the old way of crab scraping as in dragging the net on the bottom. He admits it has been slow with this process, but he knows others are off to a good start which is great for news for this town again.

"Crisfield used to be the crab capital of the world. A little bit of word of crabs coming back kind of gets us back on the map again," said Corbin.

Mary Nelson, who owns Waters Edge Cafe, said a local soft shell company has been working double shifts, seven days a week, and have almost doubled their employees to keep up with demand.

"For me it indicates it's going to be a big season," she said. "No shortage means that people are driving here more for that awesome soft shell from Crisfield."

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