Captain Brant Nordhoff
Enjoy the Authentic Chesapeake Bay Experience crabbing with Captain Brant Nordhoff a Coast Guard certified Captain. He will use his years of experience to guide you from his dock at Greys Inn Creek to the best crabbing spots to be found in the Chester River. Once at the crabbing grounds, he will show you how to crab with a trotline the way watermen have done for years. No visit to Maryland's Eastern Shore is complete without this experience! Call today to reserve your spot.
How long will the trips last?
The basic trip is $300 1-4 hours. We can make additional accommodations if needed.
Note: Crabs tend to be more active in the morning
How many people can we have in one group?
Chesapeake Bay Crabbing Charters can hold up to 6 passengers. If your party exceeds 6 passengers please call in advance so we can properly accommodate you.
Why Crab with Chesapeake Bay Crabbing Charters?
Captain Brant Nordhoff is a Coast Guard certified licensed captain, holding a master 100-ton inland waters license authorized in commercial assistance towing. Born on the Eastern Shore and from a family of waterman, Captain Nordhoff has acquired a vast background of knowledge and experience harvesting crab and fish from the Bay. He is the Grandson of Captain Larry Simns, President of the Maryland Waterman's Association and stays involved with the politics on the water. For the past four years Captain Nordhoff has worked on the 72-foot oyster-planting vessel the Robert Lee as the acting mate and field advisor. He is a Washington College Alumni and resident of Rock Hall, MD. Make your trip to the Eastern Shore complete with this authentic fun-filled learning experience.
How to harvest crabs using a trotline?
Watermen have crabbed on the Chesapeake Bay using a trotline for hundreds of years. It is one of the most efficient and enjoyable methods of crabbing. A trotline is a long length of rope with bait attached to it every 3-4 feet. The bait varies from chicken necks to razor clams. The bait is attached directly to the main line or a slipknot known as a snood. This line is then lowered into the water and sits near the bottom, attracting the blue crab. The line is 1500 feet long and is anchored and marked with buoys. To retrieve the crabs, the Captain hooks the line using a boathook. He then places the line on a roller attached to the starboard side of the stern. The Captain carefully navigates the boat down the line while another person quickly scoops the crabs attached to the surfacing line using a dip net.
What is the Weather Policy?
We will sail in rain or shine. Be prepared for all weather conditions.
What should I Bring?
Closed toe shoes
Cooler with beverages of choice
Chesapeake Bay Crabbing Charters is a small family operation that provides an authentic Chesapeake experience. Trotlining for crabs has been an occupation and hobby of the Nordhoff family throughout generations. Our goal is to invite the public in on this hidden heritage. We educate our customers on Maryland's fishers, history and culture surrounding the Bay.
Rates And Reservations
$300.00 per charter