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« Reply #20 on: March 31, 2010, 10:31:20 AM »

That crab needs to see his dermotologist.


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Maybe you could catch one Ron and make him your pet and call him "spot".... laugh laugh laugh laugh laugh
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« Reply #21 on: March 31, 2010, 10:33:00 AM »

 laugh laugh laugh might be good bait too.  Wink
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« Reply #22 on: March 31, 2010, 01:57:33 PM »

they are often floating on on the surf at the beach, most of them have a more rounded shell than the Blue crab and dont offer too much meat. worth a try though if you can find them in abundance. I just find it difficult to enjoy eating a crab under 6 inchs. too much work for the amount of meat.  Undecided
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« Reply #23 on: March 31, 2010, 03:30:46 PM »

they are often floating on on the surf at the beach, most of them have a more rounded shell than the Blue crab and dont offer too much meat. worth a try though if you can find them in abundance. I just find it difficult to enjoy eating a crab under 6 inchs. too much work for the amount of meat.  Undecided

depending on the time of year and my luck, i have no problem enjoying crabs that are 5 or 5 and 1/4 inches.
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« Reply #24 on: March 31, 2010, 05:46:34 PM »

There are a bunch of them. They are very aggresive too. Can't wait for that water temp to come up some more. This forum is one big tease. Just gets ya all that much more excited.
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« Reply #25 on: April 01, 2010, 10:23:14 AM »

Dutch- I didnt say I wouldnt eat them, just said i enjoy the 6+ much more... Early in the year those 5+ taste just right. They are just tougher to get enough meat out of for a meal, they are more of a snack... lol
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« Reply #26 on: April 02, 2010, 07:14:08 PM »

So that is the other name, I always knew them as "Lady Crabs", they are all over the coast of NJ but I have never seen one above 4 inches.  I use to catch them near the jetties when I was younger.  They hang out in the sand bars and burrow into the sand when you come near.   Never heard of anyone trying to eat them though, bait on the other hand sounds about right. 
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« Reply #27 on: April 03, 2010, 07:33:32 AM »

  Way back in my hand line days,we would catch them in Barnegat very early in the season..They were called calico crabs. As soon as the blue claws get active......bye bye Calico. I guess they like cold water
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« Reply #28 on: August 10, 2010, 11:34:36 PM »

I eat these crabs all the time, they really taste sweet and are worth the effort. Also they do not smell like blue crabs, not sure why. The meat is firmer I think. Might be how active they are in the surf maybe dunno.
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« Reply #29 on: May 05, 2011, 04:49:22 PM »

 this crab is called a calico in nj. never tasted it but have used it for
bait. excellent bait for tautog (tog, blackfish)
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« Reply #30 on: April 11, 2012, 01:42:03 PM »

We catch them alot on the panhandle, some refer to them as Calico Crabs...A bit smaller than blues but everybit as good!

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« Reply #31 on: June 26, 2012, 11:04:20 AM »

Growing up we found them in the NJ surf and called them sand crabs.. Calico is the correct name.  We did steam and eat them a couple times.. very tastey and the do get pretty big.  Dont see them as much anymore.. 

I remember bringing a few back to the motel and letting them go in the pool!  Grin
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« Reply #32 on: June 26, 2012, 12:21:49 PM »

Growing up we found them in the NJ surf and called them sand crabs.. Calico is the correct name.  We did steam and eat them a couple times.. very tastey and the do get pretty big.  Dont see them as much anymore.. 

I remember bringing a few back to the motel and letting them go in the pool!  Grin

They lasted about 5 minutes after pool contact???
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