The stacks of crab pots in Princeton Harbor signal that is just a few weeks away. The season usually in the middle of November.
Pillar Point fishermen are busy readying their equipment, inspecting and coiling the ropes, installing the sacrificial anodes and replacing worn out buoys.
The fact that the boats here are smaller than they are in Bering Straits adds to the danger when the seas get rough. A careful eye on the weather, not overloading the boats and hiring the right deck hands can help make a successful season — if the crabs cooperate, that is.
In a few weeks, we will be buying if all goes well.