By Jay Lloyd

CHESTERTOWN, Md. (CBS) —  It’s been a while since we heard the cracking sound of Maryland blue crabs.  But crabbing season has begun on the waters of the nearby Chesapeake Bay!

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(File photo by Jay Lloyd)

(File photo by Jay Lloyd)

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So, grab your crabbing gear, check out the regulations at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources web site, and make a weekend of it, you “chicken-neckers”!  (That’s what Marylanders have been calling weekend crabbers for ages.)

Before he passed on, legendary Chesapeake waterman Cope Hubbard (photo below) told me it was a learning moment for the longtime locals:

“We turned into chicken-neckers ourselves, because that’s the best bait you can use on a trot-line,” he admitted.

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(FILE PHOTO: Cope Hubbard.  Family photo)

(FILE PHOTO: Cope Hubbard. Family photo)

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You won’t find Maryland crabs at the dockside eateries yet, but with any luck and enough chicken necks you might just land a dozen or two for your own table.

 

(File photo by Jay Lloyd)

(File photo by Jay Lloyd)

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