Peeler Crab Time!

Virginia’s peeler crab season is now underway. It kicked off on Monday, signaling the start of the hunt for soft-shell delicacies. Watermen are setting pots to gauge crab activity, but higher market prices suggest crab numbers might be down. J.C. Hudgins, president of the Virginia Waterman’s Association, reports mixed early results, with prices remaining high due to potential scarcity. Despite recent challenges like cool, rainy weather affecting crab movement, watermen like Joey Williams tell the Southside Sentinel that they are cautiously optimistic, noting good prices for the catch despite concerns over bait scarcity.