Crabbing at the Brighton Marina

Added by Jess Curren

Learn how to fish for crab and then have them cooked for a scrumptious feast afterward!

Crabbing is just one of those things everyone should do along the Oregon Coast. Its fun, fairly straightforward, and then you get to eat them! Total win-win. 

We were taking our time along the Oregon Coast and had heard that Kelly's Brighton Marina was a great place to learn to crab. For $100/hour (2014) we were able to rent a boat, bait, traps, and all the gear we needed to head out into Nehalem Bay and try our luck catching the sea creatures. 

It was blast. After some basic, initial instruction we set off into the bay. We actually caught over 100 crabs, but law dictates you can keep only male crabs of a certain size so we used our handy measuring stick to check before throwing them back into the water. 

We ended up with three good sized crabs, and after boiling them Kelly's staff helped us to clean and prep them for eating. 

Then, we feasted! Our two oldest thoroughly enjoyed our lunch with our littlest being more skeptical. Overall we had an amazing experience and can't wait to hit the Oregon coast in the future so we can go again!

Check out our full blog post here.

Read More

Tags

Fishing
Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly

Reviews

Leave a Review

Overall rating: 

Exceeded expectations

For $100 we were able to rent a boat and all crabbing supplies to try crabbing. Such an awesome adventure! And once we caught our dinner they prepared it for us. Must do.

Stay Nearby

Rockaway Beach, Oregon

Nirvana In Nedonna Beach. 2 Master Suites & Hot Tub

• TurnKey photo-verifies this home is professionally cleaned with products approved by the EPA for use against COVID-19. •Affectionately known as Nirvana in Nedonna Beach, this beautiful 4BR/3.5BA ...

From $277/night

Rockaway Beach, Oregon

Coastal Duplex W/ Balcony & Deck Walk To Beach!

• TurnKey photo-verifies this home is professionally cleaned with products approved by the EPA for use against COVID-19. •Nestled in the charming community of Rockaway Beach, this two-story, 5BR/2B...

From $328/night

Rockaway Beach, Oregon

Ocean View Beach House W/ 2 Separate Units

• TurnKey photo-verifies this home is professionally cleaned with products approved by the EPA for use against COVID-19. •Impressive ocean views abound at this beautiful 6BR/3BA (plus two half bath...

From $345/night

Manzanita, Oregon

Spacious Home With Deck Near Downtown Manzanita

• TurnKey photo-verifies this home is professionally cleaned with products approved by the EPA for use against COVID-19. •This two-story 4BR/2.5BA home outfitted with large patio decks and a spacio...

From $145/night

Nearby Adventures

  • Camp at Nehalem Bay State Park

    Nehalem Bay State Park is a great central location on the Oregon Coast to use as a base camp, whether you want to go south to explore Cape Kiwanda or go north to photograph the famous Cannon Beach. There are six loops: A-F, and only A-C are open i...

  • Hike Neahkahnie Mountain via South Trailhead

    You have a couple different options on how to access this hike (North and South trailhead) also if you would like to hike the loop trail or out-and-back option. Driving directions for this hike isn't to difficult, heading south on highway 101 driv...

    5 miles 730 ft gain

  • Capture the Coast at Night from Rockaway

    Clear nights on the Oregon Coast can be hard to come by, and your best bet to grab night time photos of the coast is in the Summer.This particular section of the coast is relatively quiet in the Summer time. You can park your car easily along the ...

  • Hike the Neahkahnie Mountain Trail

    This hike can be done as either a loop or an out-and-back beginning from either the North or the South trailhead, both located off Route 101. If opting for the loop you will have to walk ~1 mile on the highway to connect back to your starting poin...