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« on: July 20, 2010, 09:53:29 PM »

Hi all, I was crabbing today and the temps was in the 80-90 degree range. I saw a guy who just had his crabs in a bucket with a cloth cover on the top. I brought along a cooler and some ice. the guy told me that they won't die and that I didn't need the ice. I was concern because of the warm weather and the fact that I was going to be out for several hours that I didn't want to get sick eating a bunch of dead crabs. so is that person right? thanks
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« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2010, 09:55:42 PM »

a wet towel works just fine.  Wink
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« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2010, 10:20:21 PM »

thanks, will try it tommorrow. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2010, 10:28:21 PM »

good luck . have agreat day crabbing.  Wink
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« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2010, 11:05:51 PM »

If I had a choice between a bucket with a wet rag and a cooler with ice,  I'd go with the cooler.  There is not enough air circulation in a bucket,  a basket is a different story.  Also, if you keep whities, yer gonna have dead loss no matter what.
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« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2010, 12:35:59 AM »

If I had a choice between a bucket with a wet rag and a cooler with ice,  I'd go with the cooler.  There is not enough air circulation in a bucket,  a basket is a different story.  Also, if you keep whities, yer gonna have dead loss no matter what.
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« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2010, 07:03:30 AM »

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« Reply #7 on: July 23, 2010, 11:22:57 AM »

Just wanted to throw out there how we do it.  We use the wooden bushel baskets.  Every other hour or so, dip the basket and let it soak a good 30 seconds.  I use 3 baskets one inside the next for when the bottom eventually falls out of the first.  For the ride home, I take a towel, dip it in the water and put it on top of the crabs in the basket.  Whatever ice I have left in the cooler goes on top of the towel.....ice packs work just fine too.  I haven't lost a crab yet doing it this way and I've been stuck in traffic for 2 hrs when it topped 100 degrees out. 
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« Reply #8 on: July 23, 2010, 11:39:40 AM »

I like using a Basket ( good air circulation ) and place a thick stack of wet news paper on top in between runs. I know a few guys who wrap the news paper in a towel that way it is easier to move and you do not have to keep dipping the towel to keep it wet ( n really hot days )
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« Reply #9 on: July 23, 2010, 01:53:55 PM »

I like using a Basket ( good air circulation ) and place a thick stack of wet news paper on top in between runs. I know a few guys who wrap the news paper in a towel that way it is easier to move and you do not have to keep dipping the towel to keep it wet ( n really hot days )
Just wanted to throw out there how we do it.  We use the wooden bushel baskets.  Every other hour or so, dip the basket and let it soak a good 30 seconds.  I use 3 baskets one inside the next for when the bottom eventually falls out of the first.  For the ride home, I take a towel, dip it in the water and put it on top of the crabs in the basket.  Whatever ice I have left in the cooler goes on top of the towel.....ice packs work just fine too.  I haven't lost a crab yet doing it this way and I've been stuck in traffic for 2 hrs when it topped 100 degrees out. 
Both good ideas.  Basically the same way I do it when I go down the eastern shore to crab.  Hour and a half drive back.  2thumbsup  Can't remember losing any in the last 6 years.
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« Reply #10 on: July 25, 2010, 08:57:26 PM »

 I use berlap everyday, lay it over the wooden basket ,dip the berlap every now and then, berlap breaths real good towel are not as breathable
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« Reply #11 on: July 26, 2010, 10:02:14 AM »

jed i do the same ,wet burlap over top has worked for years. i also soak my baskets on the really hot days before i start crabbin.
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