By: Chris Shaffer
We’ve been monitoring websites from the piers in the greater Virginia Beach area for a few months now. Most advertised the best blue crabbing in ages. Not being local we flew to the East Coast to cash in on the action. Upon arrival they sang a different tune.
“It’s been so hot here the crabbing has been very slow,” the young man working the booth at the Virginia Beach Pier told us. “You should have been here a few weeks ago. I’ve seen a few crabs the last two weeks, but they’ve been real small.”
Local tackle shops echoed his view. Meanwhile, we were here (Friday) and couldn’t have pitched a better scenario. Our purpose was to show how well Pautzke’s Blue Crab Fuel worked when conditions were challenging and the 99-degree temperatures and warm water proved worthy.
“You guys couldn’t have picked a worse week to crab,” he joked. “This heat is keeping action slow.”
While the heat and overpowering sun was nearly unbearable from the pier it served as the perfect vehicle for a true test. We grabbed our gear and bait chicken soaked in Blue Crab Fuel and walked 20 yards past the fish cleaning area. Before crabbing it was obvious the man was telling the truth. Of the few dozen people crabbing at 2pm few had any. Most told us it was packed with anglers and crabbers that morning, but most left due to the heat and slow action.