Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Dungeness Crab Season Half Moon Bay

The highly anticipated Dungeness crab season is officially upon us! These large, hard-shell crabs with a sweet flavor and flaky texture are found along the Northwest coast from the Aleutian Islands in Alaska to Northern California. Half Moon Bay, a gorgeous coastal community located just 40 minutes south of San Francisco, has one of the largest concentrations of this seafood delicacy. There are more than 50 commercial boats fishing off Pillar Point Harbor, the last working fishing harbor between San Francisco and Monterey.

Everyday boats haul in their catch and visitors can purchase live crabs and fresh fish directly from the local fisherman. For those looking to catch their own crabs, several local companies offer excursions:

HalfMoonBaySportfishing&Tackle,(650)726-2913,www.hmbfishing.com
Huli Cat Sportfishing, (650) 726-2926,www.hulicat.com
Princeton Pantry, (650) 726-0110

RiptideSportfishing,(888)747-8433,www.riptide.netOr, satisfy that crab craving at one of the many restaurants throughout Half Moon Bay who are offering mouth-watering crab specials with Dungeness crabs caught right off the harbor. Half Moon Bay offers visitors everything from information on cozy inns and luxury coastal resorts, to renowned restaurants, farm visits, golfing, wine tasting, fishing, whale watching, surfing and much more.