bc, most snow crabs come from alaskan waters, but eastern canada and greenland are also suppliers of the tasty monsters.
did anyone mention stone crab, specifically for the claws? also very very good.
years ago, i took my wife (blue claw) crabbing for her first time. i used a series of contraptions/cages to catch the little suckers, and then showed dw how to use a hand line.
by the end of the day, she caught twice as much as me using just a single line, to my half dozen or so traps.
i was amazed at how good she was, slowly drawing up the line while hiding behind the gunwale. when the knot came over the egde, she'd flip the crab, into the boat as it was still holding on to the bait, and then she'd run around screaming until i was able to get the crab into a bucket.
to this day she needles me about how much better she was at it, so my only retort is that it must have been professional courtesy.