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« on: August 04, 2004, 01:45:00 PM »

IS IT TRUE A FULL MOON IS BAD FOR CRABBING? I THINK IT IS...WHEN I CAUGHT & COOKED MY CRABS AFTER CATCHING THEM ON A FULL MOON ONE NIGHT,THEY SEEM TO BE VERY LIGHT IN WEIGHT WHEN STEAMED. BUT THEY ARE HEAVY WHEN CAUGHT. HOW ABOUT CRABBING ON A HARVEST MOON?
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« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2004, 02:16:07 PM »

itchycrabz,

if you ask any old timers the swear by that...but if you read up on crabs the larger crabs only molt every 20-50 days and the moon is on a 30 day cycle....so the math doesn't add up to making all the crabs molt at once. IMO

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« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2004, 02:21:36 PM »

I agree with the bigger crabs and their cycle but my baskets normally have more of the 5.5 to 6.5 inch crabs and when the full moon comes those are harder to come by so my baskets end up having less crabs in them..... A week before the last full moon it was easy to fill two bushel, a day before the full moon I fought hard to fill one...... I end up with more paper shells durring this time as well. Give me  a few months and I'll have a shedding tank in, I'll be better armed in answering this molting question then....
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« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2004, 02:22:33 PM »

...but if you read up on crabs

Problem with that is crabs cant read Wink

look here http://www.blue-crab.org/molting.php
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« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2004, 02:26:11 PM »

Right you are Jack.
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« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2004, 02:30:06 PM »

rnc, a floats not going to teach ya a thing. You already got it right.. Wink Grin
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« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2004, 02:33:22 PM »

Only thing I know for sure....is I don't know anything for sure.
To catch a crab you have to think like a crab. But who knows what they're thinking. LOL
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« Reply #7 on: August 04, 2004, 02:34:06 PM »

I think its a load of [curd] ....Sat. night was a Full moon, went out on sunday and caught a bushel and a half of the biggest, heaviest crabs ive ever caught on handlines.
 Load of [curd]
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« Reply #8 on: August 04, 2004, 02:42:24 PM »

BIG CRABBER,

I CAUGHT SOME BIG AND HEAVY CRABS DURING A FULL MOON BEFORE, BUT WHEN I COOKED THEM THEY BECAME VERY LIGHT IN WEIGHT.  WERE YOUR CRABS LIGHT IN WEIGHT AFTER COOKING THEM?
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« Reply #9 on: August 04, 2004, 02:44:53 PM »

itchycrabz,

no disrespect....but that doesn't even sound possible.

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« Reply #10 on: August 07, 2004, 08:09:19 PM »

its possible. some crabs get kinda mushy when cooked even though they may feel heavy.
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« Reply #11 on: August 08, 2004, 12:28:00 AM »

They all get mushy when they are over cooked. Roll Eyes
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« Reply #12 on: August 08, 2004, 02:10:11 AM »

not all get mushy.when overcooked, there's no moisture left inside- it gets very dry. some are very mushy that they feel like theres no meat in them- watery. no, i didnt boil them either. once had some crabs where my thumb went right thru the shell  without much pressure on it.  no, they werent soft shell crabs.
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« Reply #13 on: August 08, 2004, 08:58:25 AM »

no itchy they were heavy ... I gota pound of crab meat out of 2 dozen. There was one peeler in the pot but thats it.

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« Reply #14 on: August 16, 2004, 12:50:36 AM »

Well, I was just reading at the recipes forum...some people boil the crabs and leave them in the pot for over a half hour...would that get the crabmeat mushy?Huh
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« Reply #15 on: August 16, 2004, 07:10:16 AM »

Itchy is right about how crabs can feel heavy and then be light after cooking. A recently shed crab pumps up the empty shell space with water. After cooking, the water is gone and the crab's true weight is revealed.

You have to look at the underside of the crab to tell the difference. The bottom shell of a recently shed crab - very white & clean. The bottom shell of a heavy crab - yellowed & moss covered. Ugly is better when it comes to crabs  Cheesy.
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