I take back everything I ever said about going to Panama City and not catching crabs. 

Last Thursday evening as dusk fell we headed down to the beach in search of a smaller, less stealthy version of crab. 


(Be forewarned: you are about to see some shaky night photography which is far from my forte. Bear with me.) 


Twilight is a beautiful time at the beach. There’s a gentle breeze and an undoubtedly gorgeous sky. 


And if you’re lucky – 


really, really lucky – 


and you brought along your flashlight, 


there are crabs. 







Sarah was delighted to catch her first crab, and she instantly wanted to keep it as a pet. Being the stellar, permissive mother that I am I told her that if she touched it she could keep it. 


I thought I knew my daughter. 

Turns out I don’t. 

She named her Kookie. 


When “Kookie” escaped from the net I can’t say I was disappointed. I tried reasoning with Sarah that Kookie needed to stay on the beach with her Mommy so we probably weren’t going to be able to keep her anyway. But it was to no avail. Wailing and flailing ensued. It was time to pack it in so we walked Kookie-less pack to the house (thank goodness) where Granddad and Uncle Craig soothed her spirit with a bowl of cookies and cream (thank goodness). 


And that, my friends, 


Is how I finally caught crabs in Panama City Beach.

carolJune 29, 2011 - 7:29 am

beautiful pictures, enjoy your vacation

TinaJune 29, 2011 - 7:30 am

HA! Sarah is a brave girl to touch that. I would have the same thoughts about my 5 year old… glad Kookie got to stay with her mommy!

Jessica WJune 29, 2011 - 7:54 am

This was one perfectly articulated account of crabbing. lol

KelliJune 29, 2011 - 8:12 am

What do you do with crabs that small?

JuliJune 29, 2011 - 8:32 am

Wow, just wow!
Amazing night photos (shakey and all!)
how do you get rid of crabs?

heather mayberryJune 29, 2011 - 9:02 am

that’s how we crab! i had never heard of using “parts” to crab. glad you had fun and that you learned something more about your little girl!

mistyJune 29, 2011 - 9:17 am

amazing night shots. i have a hard time with them. looks like a great night on the beach catching crabs.

Kara @ Just1StepJune 29, 2011 - 9:38 am

Wow, what settings did you use to get those pictures in the dark? Those are great shots!!

TracyJune 29, 2011 - 10:42 am

Your pictures are amazing…night is so hard but you did a great job. What settings did you use? My cousin’s son caught a large crab ( I actually think it was dead ) & wanted to keep it…when he found out he couldn’t…total meltdown!!!!! Meltdown…stinky crab shell…his mom would gladly take the meltdown 🙂 Would love to know what settings your used. Thanks!

Jenny BeckJune 29, 2011 - 11:19 am

Looks like a fun family vacation! I have a family reunion in Cleveland this weekend and this got me more excited to see everyone! I miss my family, it’s rare when we’re all together these days. =) Glad you all had a great time!

LaceyJune 29, 2011 - 12:33 pm

HAHAHAHA! Love it!

(and your night photography is gorgeous, too. 🙂 )

Anna ClaireJune 29, 2011 - 1:18 pm

Crabbing at PCB is one of my favorite childhood memories! Glad the net-and-flashlight method is still the same 🙂
And your nighttime shots are gorgeous!!

Tanya AJune 29, 2011 - 3:17 pm

The photos are remarkable, the story is fantastic and charming, but the punchline almost offed me at my desk. Seriously…I’m weeping with laughter! *grin* YAY!

Gayle ShraderJune 29, 2011 - 6:15 pm

Gorgeous pictures! Love the images with teh flashlight!
And you definitely have a brave little girl!

j.j.June 29, 2011 - 8:47 pm

nice. (that last line!)

and just so you know, my daughter would pitch the exact same fit if her kookie escaped. every single darn time we find a toad i hear the same whining about letting it go.

Your email is never published or shared.

There was an error submitting your comment. Please try again.