Bobby Abner started crabbing at the age 11 off a pier in Randle Cliff, Calvert County, MD. He and his brother Tommy caught the crabs, a dozen or a bushel. Then their Mother would steam them and their Father would sell them in DC for $1 a dozen. During the summers of the early 1950′s the money he and his brother made bought their school clothes. In 1957 Bobby went to work for Lolyd Travers catching crabs for $5 a day. In 1960 Bobby went to college at the University of Maryland where he played football. After college he came back to Calvert County and started a family. In 1963 he went to work for the government as a Surveyor. He started the crabbing business in 1964 and opened Abner’s Crab House on Labor Day in 1966.
At that time he owned 1 1/3 acre on Fishing Creek in Chesapeake Beach, MD. He later purchased the Marina while continuing to crab. Today he owns 10 acres on Fishing Creek Marina. The Crab House was remodeled in 1992, and more recently in 2008. Currently, Bobby has lots of family working at the crab house. They have nearly 600 crabbing pots in the area waters. They catch, steam and serve the crabs. He has worked with his sons and daughters throughout the years to build his crabs house business. At the present time there are 9 family members working in the restaurant.