From the issue Falling for the Coast
Feel that pinch? Crab season opened last weekend and things are getting clawfully crazy. Never been crabbing before? Pacifica is the place to go, and a license is not required to crab from the pier. For around $35 you can pick up everything needed to catch your own crabs from Rusty Hook Bait & Tackle (with a slogan like "We got worms!" you can't go wrong). Owner Cheryl Jimno will hook you up with a crab ring, crab gauge, bait box, bait, and bucket. Ready? It's easy: Walk down to the pier and drop the ring. Give it about 15 minutes, then see what comes up. Dungeness crabs are the big prize. Good crustaceans!
Rusty Hook Bait & Tackle, 2130 Palmetto Ave. at Montecito Ave., Pacifica; 650-355-8303. The crab season runs from now until June 30. Dogs aren't allowed on the pier.