Spider Crabs

Fishman Fishman

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I remember catching my first spider crab at the Newport Pier and thinking, "how gnarly." I threw it back but they are actually good eating if you get a big one and you don't mind the cleaning.

My first Spider crab was at Aliso Pier in Laguna Beach. Always released them. Finally on one trip when a spider was caught, decided to try a large one for eating. Not very much meat for all the effort of preparation. Since then any spiders caught get a photo and released!