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« on: March 21, 2010, 06:27:05 PM »

I do a lot of night fishing on the beach on Anna Maria Island and i see a ton of these speckled crabs in the surf.  I saw a guy walking the beach with a headlight and a bet and he was gathering a bunch of them.  I stopped him and he said that he uses them for bait for black drum. I researched it to death and could only find one website that a women talked about eating them and that they are good only a little sweeter than blues.  I emailed MOTE marine and the bradenton herald fishing columnist about eating these crabs.  They both replied with the same info, they are ok to eat people just generally do not because of their smaller size.  They are so abundant and they are not too terribly small.  Wondered if anyone had any experience with this.
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« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2010, 07:31:12 PM »

That is one neet looking crab.  Wink
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« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2010, 07:39:09 PM »

How big are they point to point?
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« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2010, 07:40:13 PM »

4-5 inches
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« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2010, 07:41:51 PM »

They look just like blue crabs except for the markings. I'd try a few.
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« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2010, 07:49:23 PM »

granted, they are not huge but they may be great for sides and sauces.  Who knows.  they are fun to catch in the summer time at night on the island. I will let ya know what they are all about once this weather warms up.
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« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2010, 06:43:19 AM »


two questions.

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do they turn red after cooking

PS - if they are small, think crab soup  Wink
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« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2010, 06:47:23 AM »

two questions.

Tat - would that is a b***th to mount and paint the shell


Would give it a try .  Wink

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« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2010, 08:25:31 AM »

I will be out there and will photo and send my story along for everyone. I was thinking about for soup or a crab pasta if too small. Seems as though there were some 5+ inches. Summer will tell and we will solve this mystery once and for all
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« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2010, 08:29:49 AM »



I ate some type of crab that looked like the one posted, it was smaller then the blue crab, it was also very tasty. Some how it got in our basket and in the steamer.......I don't know how but it was good...very sweet.
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« Reply #10 on: March 22, 2010, 09:09:36 AM »


I ate some type of crab that looked like the one posted, it was smaller then the blue crab, it was also very tasty. Some how it got in our basket and in the steamer.......I don't know how but it was good...very sweet.

maybe it was a small horseshoe crab - eels love them  laugh laugh laugh laugh laugh
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« Reply #11 on: March 22, 2010, 09:43:09 AM »

What throws me off a Tad, is the one I ate had the same coloration, but more round points. I caught in OC MD.

I have heard Horseshoe crabs are very good eel bait, but it appears NJ has some type of protection on them...........is this true with all states now?
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« Reply #12 on: March 22, 2010, 10:51:55 AM »

What throws me off a Tad, is the one I ate had the same coloration, but more round points. I caught in OC MD.

I have heard Horseshoe crabs are very good eel bait, but it appears NJ has some type of protection on them...........is this true with all states now?

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I tried crabbing down in Assowomen bay in OC md and off assatique island and you catch some different kinds of crabs there. I guess because of the ocean being right there.

It was an experience  laugh laugh laugh laugh
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« Reply #13 on: March 22, 2010, 01:05:49 PM »

i have never heard anyone wanting to eat a horseshoe crab.  I can tell you that you wouldn't mistake it for something that looked like a blue.  Like i said before, i will make it my mission to examine these crabs and documents my adventure with catching and cooking these. Maybe we have a good eating crab that flies under the "table fare" radar to common crab collectors.
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« Reply #14 on: March 22, 2010, 01:37:56 PM »

do a search for "eating a horseshoe crab". you will take back ever mentioning the eating of one of these.  With so many tasty animals to eat on land and in sea, why do people put themselves through eating such nasty [curd].
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« Reply #15 on: March 22, 2010, 06:03:28 PM »

While on the shore in OC, I've seen those spotted shells of small crabs and always wondered what they were.....never caught them in the bay though.....
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« Reply #16 on: March 22, 2010, 07:43:01 PM »

We always called them calico crabs yes you can eat them & yes they turn red when cooked most people don't mess with them cause they tend to be smaller  Wink Wink
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« Reply #17 on: March 31, 2010, 10:20:52 AM »

That crab needs to see his dermotologist.


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« Reply #18 on: March 31, 2010, 10:24:11 AM »

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« Reply #19 on: March 31, 2010, 10:26:47 AM »

That crab needs to see his dermotologist.


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I can see where a Dermotologist could have crabs, but never gave it a thought that a Crab could have dermotologists! Grin
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