Interviewer (I): Today, we have the pleasure of speaking with Crab Trappers, a local legend in Myrtle Beach known for his passion for blue crabbing and his positive impact on the community. Crab Trappers, thank you for joining us today.
Crab Trappers (CT): Thank you for having me. It’s great to be here.
I: Let’s start at the beginning. Can you tell us how you got started selling blue crabs in Myrtle Beach?
CT: Well, I fell in love with crabbing. It’s something I enjoy even more than fishing. I started crabbing recreationally, and I noticed that many people in my area were always on the lookout for fresh crabs. So, I decided to turn my passion into a business. It all began around 2020 when I started selling crabs.
I: What makes your approach or business unique compared to others in the area?
CT: What sets me apart is my dedication to doing things differently. I love seeing the fascination in children’s eyes when they interact with crabs. It’s about putting smiles on people’s faces and inspiring younger generations. I want them to know that they can make an honest living without resorting to negative influences, like selling drugs. It’s not just about selling crabs; it’s about breaking stereotypes and showing that hard work pays off. That’s how the name Crab Trappers actually got its name. We are trapping and trapping crabs.
I: Have there been any challenges or obstacles you’ve had to overcome on this journey?
CT: Absolutely, this journey has had its fair share of challenges. One of the biggest challenges is dealing with varying demand throughout the year. Sometimes, there’s high demand but fewer crabs, and other times, there are plenty of crabs, but people have had their fill. The winter months can be particularly challenging. It’s a lesson in resilience and adaptability.
I: How have you contributed to the Myrtle Beach community beyond selling blue crab?
CT: My contribution goes beyond crabs. I strive to be a positive role model, showing young people that there are better paths in life. My presence serves as a reminder that success doesn’t have to come from illegal activities. I’ve seen the impact it can have on the community, socially and economically.
I: Can you share any memorable or heartwarming moments from your journey?
CT: One of the most heartwarming moments is when I see kids excited about crabs. They come to me with curiosity, and it warms my heart to know that I’m making a difference in their lives. Seeing my kids look up to me as a local legend and thinking I’m famous is also a humbling and motivating experience.
I: Have you received any awards or recognition for your work as a blue crab seller or your community involvement?
CT: While I haven’t received any official awards, the recognition and respect I receive from my community mean more to me than any trophy or certificate.
Interviewer (I): Crab Trappers, what keeps you motivated in your work and your community involvement?
Crab Trappers (CT): “My children, without a doubt, are my main motivation. They see me every day and witness the hard work I put in. What’s truly amazing is how they perceive me. They genuinely believe I’m famous. When someone approaches me in the store, they excitedly say, ‘Hey, you’re the Crab Trapper guy!’ It warms my heart. Despite being just a local figure, perhaps even a bit of a local joke, to my kids, I’m like a superhero, this famous guy who sells crabs. It’s an incredible feeling.”
I: Lastly, how can people get in touch with you or learn more about your business?
CT: You can find me on Facebook at Crab MJ Trappers or me a call at 843-694-5055 if you’re interested in getting some crabs or just want to learn more.
I: Thank you, Crab Trappers, for sharing your inspiring journey and the positive influence you’ve had on the Myrtle Beach community. Your story is truly remarkable.