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In this special article, I share highlights from my recent Crab Hunting In Jamaica adventure. It was an amazing experience learning how to catch land crabs but moreso, catching crabs myself!
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It has always been a fantasy of mine since the first time I did it at about 12 years old; I always wanted to go back to hunt crabs and so, I got the courage, and called up "Mexican", back in the hills of Westmoreland who was more than ready!
He took a few other family members with him and we made it a fine day!
In the end we caught probably close to 4 dozen crabs - two of which were caught by me, yes, yours truly, he he!
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The highlight though was the chief crab hunter, the grand father and god father of crab hunting in the district, surely one of the best and darest in Jamaica, Govie Munroe, although known as Mexican and Humbug!
Not only does he catch crabs without any hand protection, he will literally lie on his belly (stomach) and dig as far as he needs to get to and catch crabs.
Insane or crazy, some of us might say!
In one instance, he 'unearth' as much as three from a single hole but told me he has gotten up to 4 already!
I should tell you also that this approach is probably the hardest and most risky way to catch crabs; ideally, they wait until the rain falls, usually after a heavy downpour.
The crabs would then leave their holes (nest) which would become filled with water, and wander around on land. The hunter would then stealthily try to corner the crab, grab its back, or claw, and quickly deposit in a waiting bag.
But this time, we didn't have that, not only was it a rather dry day, it was broad daylight and so it took some skill to hunt them directly in their holes!
And that's what Mexican and the boys did!
In the end harvesting close to 4 dozen!
By the way, he is close to 80 years old now, and has been doing this since he was a teenager! I asked him about how long he will continue this, his response... "As long as he can come to crab bush"!
He is also the one who taught ALL the younger men in the community about how to catch crab, he said.
Of course, for the record, I tried to learn from him how to catch crabs, I mean the crabs when in their holes, this is what I got...
We didn't get around to the cooking of the crabs after the catch but on my way back home, I ran into another gentleman cooking crabs at his eatery along the side of the road!
I got a chance to quiz him about the process...
By the way, did I tell you that I have highlights of our crab hunting trip on video?
Oh yes I do!
Below, embedded, is the YouTube video, enjoy!
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