Like storm chasers, Alaskan crabbers, and catfish noodlers, foragers come with their own sets of customs and rules.
They lay on their backs by scores and hundreds, and waved numberless legs in the air—I mean the crabs, not the crabbers.
But crabbers often haul up the anchor and go from place to place looking for better luck.
The sound of a small boat won't disturb him, because he's used to the noise of motors from crabbers.
crabbers usually just anchor, put the bait over the side, and wait for bites.
crustacean, Old English crabba, from a general Germanic root (cf. Dutch krab, Old High German krebiz, German Krabbe, Old Norse krabbi "crab"), related to Low German krabben, Dutch krabelen "to scratch, claw," from PIE root *gerbh- "to scratch, carve" (see carve). The constellation name is attested in English from c.1000; the Crab Nebula (1868), however, is in Taurus, and is so called for its shape. French crabe (13c.) is from Dutch.
"fruit of the wild apple tree," c.1300, crabbe, perhaps from Scandinavian scrab, of obscure origin (cf. Swedish krabbäpple). The combination of "bad-tempered, combative" and "sour" in the two nouns crab naturally yielded a verb meaning of "to vex, irritate" (c.1400), later "to complain irritably, find fault" (c.1500). The noun meaning "sour person" is from 1570s.