Dateline Delaware: Leipsic’s way of life pulled from the water

LEIPSIC — Capt. Craig Pugh is a vision of the commercial crabber, dressed  in a predawn hour in a red and black checked shirt, boots to his knees, jeans and a camouflage cap. His hands are leathered, his face ruddy from the sun. His fingernail beds are wide and worn. In the liner of his black pickup, 50-pound boxes of frozen menhaden await a final dip in the Delaware Bay – this time as bait. But there’s something not so predictable about this Kent County crabber. Onshore, Pugh, 50, is the mayor of Leipsic, tending to a population of 183. [email protected]

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