Countdown to the Assault on Patcong Creek is nearing the end. Here are "Five Things You Need to Know" for the tournament this year (especially if you're a first timer):
1) There is no registration or checking in before crabbing on Friday. You just can't start catching crabs before 6AM.
But, you absolutely have to check in after you crab, so your crabs can be measured and stored or steamed for the party. Check in takes place:
ON FRIDAY: at 640 2nd St, Somers Point
ON SATURDAY: at Somers Point Vol. Fire Company at 447 Bethel Road, Somers Point.
Be there before 1:00 PM both days.
2) For "free agent" crabbers—meaning you don't belong to a registered boat—you can land crab on the pier that will be at the mouth of the Patcong Creek or go out on the Duke of Fluke (capacity is about 25 people). The Duke of Fluke is only going out on Saturday from 7:00 to 11:00 AM.
If you are going out on the Duke of Fluke, you must arrive before 7:00. Please bring a bucket or bushel to hold your crabs and gloves if you want to handle your crabs without getting pinched. Patcong Creek Foundation is providing traps and bait. Duke of Fluke is providing nets. You can bring your own hand lines if you wish.
Please contact Lisa Bender immediately if you want to go on the Duke of Fluke. There are about 15 spaces left.
3) The party is also held at the firehouse on Bethel Road. Registration for the party officially starts at noon. If you are a registered crabber, you will get your goodie bag and T-shirt at that time.
If you have not selected a food category that you will be bringing to the party, please click here for the sign-up form.
4) If you haven't provided your guest list for the party, yet, please e-mail email@example.com right away. This includes Blue Claw Club Members if you have not already provided your guest's name.
And if you are reading this and are like, "what party?" then you need to become a Blue Claw Club member so you can attend the party and see what all the fuss is about. It's amazing—so much food including a raw bar, crab cake eating contest, pulled pork, pigs, sausage with rolls, all the crabs from the tournament steamed to perfection, and individual covered dishes from party attendees.
Go here to sign up for the Blue Claw Club membership.
5) The Assault on Patcong Creek logo has been rebranded for the upcoming 10th Anniversary. The logo was just unveiled on Facebook and it is making appearances on new gear—a 10th Anniversary special edition T-shirt, a novelty shirt, and new awesome hats. Stylish new designs for Patcong Creek Foundation were also released today.
Many of the new styles are discounted now until Thursday (hats) or Friday (T-shirts). You can buy them online now and pick up your order at the party (skip the line!). Go to http://assaultonpatcongcreek.com/product-category/tournamentstore/ to shop now. Don't miss out because sizes can be limited.
Patcong Creek Foundation
Patcong Creek Foundation is a 501c3 Nonprofit corporation committed to protecting the Patcong Creek. Caring for the creek is important because it is a precious natural resource. Keep up to date with our stewardship through our blog.