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Photos: For Crabbing, Mascot Dock is King

Blue Crab hot spot attracts angles from across Long Island.

Mascot Dock has unofficially become the South Shore's destination for crabbing, as visitors from as far away as Brooklyn come to Patchogue armed with bait, nets, traps and pots. Incoming tide finds the dock crowded with people hopeful that they will get crabs big enough to keep for dinner.

A quick survey of the crowd at the dock concluded that steaming or boiling the crabs and eating them fresh was the most popular method of cooking. Making one's own marinara sauce, slow-cooking the crabs in the sauce and serving with pasta was a close second. Last place was making fresh, blue claw crab cakes.

Gary Fifield August 12, 2010 at 11:22 AM
There will usually be som snappers(juvenile bluefish) that can be caught using a wide variety of artificial lures or natural bait on either light or ultra light gear. The crabbing and fishing is usually best towards the end of the incoming tide or beginning of the out going tide.

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