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« on: May 23, 2012, 01:17:35 PM »

I may have posted this in the wrong place but im giving my long gone grandfather the report he deserves.

My mothers family grew up in an apartment complex in Elmwood Park nj. The father was a HUGE crabber loved it more than the most passionate fly fisher. It was family LORE and even a picture of the infamous monster. I'll ask my mother where the picture went to.

Before i was born my grandfather had a friend by the name of Bo. They went the the jersey shore almost every waking hour to crab during the season. One trip they snuck onto a private dock near a house my fathers family used to rent named they named "the dump". i dont remember the location as i was only there from the ages of 1-4 maybe but I believe the northern side of the island. They crabbed for the day and then my grandfather pulled in a 16'' TIP to TIP crab. I know the story to be true for 2 facts. That side of the family was a little on  the poor side so of course my grandmother made the crabs into food. They ate the crab for 2 days (and my mother had a brother and 2 sisters) Ive seen the picture at least once in my life and will ask my mother if she knows the whereabouts. The picture is of my grandfather standing on the dock after catching it holding each claw. let me tell you it would put all the "8.75''!!!" to shame. the claws were as wide as is shoulders if not wider... not a fish tale and from what i understand it would be a record. Im going to do some snooping around and see if i can get him his long deserved title.

After all those great years fishing he got alzheimers when i was around 8-9 and it dragged out very slowly for close to another ten years, the progression varried at time to time for the majority of his diseased years he blankly stared at the celing with his mouth agape. what a terrible way to go. and is now a big fear of mine
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« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2012, 01:22:07 PM »



Yes Sir I am sure it would capture the Record in many states - I hope you can find that picture.
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« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2012, 01:27:05 PM »

This picture will be worth WAY more then a 1000 words!!! Can hardly wait!!
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« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2012, 01:27:53 PM »

The fact that this story is being told by his grandson a quarter century+ later is undoubtedly worth more to your grandfather than any earthly title. Hope you find the picture, but if you don't I know what else is worth 1,000 words. 
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« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2012, 01:49:17 PM »

I can believe eating it for 2 days.  My mom used to do that for us.  She would put in 1 crab and a 9 pound potato and a 5 pound carrot and a 5 pound onion, and a seven pound tomato, those were the days.  Great memories...
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« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2012, 02:28:51 PM »

Are you sure you're not from Loweezana???  Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2012, 02:40:11 PM »

Love to  see it.
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« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2012, 02:55:44 PM »

I've lived in NJ all of my life (52 years) and  unless you are measuring between the wrong points....which is highly likely, a 16" blue claw crab does not exist...well maybe in prehistoric times.....The state record blue claw is only 8 1/2".  That being said...to quote Yogi Berra..."I'll believe it when I believe it"   laugh
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« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2012, 03:37:52 PM »

not for nothing but 16"? no disrespect but if your grand is anything like the rest of us red blooded American men, size, especially in inches, is greatly exaggerated. i'm not saying it's not true, i'm just sayin....

can't wait to see the pic.
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« Reply #9 on: May 23, 2012, 04:41:31 PM »

called mom, said everything was thrown out of the house but her sisters may have it. ill let you know. my memory may be fuzzy and 16" MAY be my fault. Thats the number i remember the most when thinking back too it.
It was FAR from the 8 3/4" or w/e the record is now i can assure you. 16" is stored in my memory 12" would sound more reasonable.

But i picked my mothers brain about the crab and she backed my statement up they ate the WHOLE (not stwewd) single crab for 2 days and also had to use a hammer to crack the shell.


i hope the picture is still flowing in limbo in some box and not in a landfill in PA
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« Reply #10 on: May 23, 2012, 04:42:17 PM »

tip to tip was double digits for sure.
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« Reply #11 on: May 23, 2012, 04:55:44 PM »

That 16" measurement seems like more a "claw to claw"  measurement to me.
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« Reply #12 on: May 23, 2012, 05:10:52 PM »

This reminds me of another report of a big crab.

Long ago, a giant crab lived deep in the ocean.  It was large creature in the sea, even bigger than the largest whale.  It lived in a deep hole at the bottom of the sea.  Two times every day, the giant crab would crawl out of his home to search for food.  When it left its home, the empty hole would immediately fill up with water.

Since the crab was so large it took all of the water along the shore to fill the crab's hole.  When the crab finished eating, it crawled back into his hole.  The water was forced back out causing the water to push high up on the shore.  Some people call these times of the day high tide and low tide.

One evening, a beautiful island princess was walking along the sea shore close to her home.  As she walked, she looked at the ocean.  Suddenly, she saw an island rising up out of the sea.  She watched as it came up higher and higher out of the water.  Then she watched as the island stood up and started to walk towards the shore.  It was not an island,  It was the giant crab!

The crab was taller than the tallest tree on the island.  It was taller than the largest mountain on the island.  She had never seen anything so large.  Then the princess saw the crab's giant pinchers.  She also saw the crab's eyes.  The crab was looking at the moon as it rose in the sky.

The princess watched as the crab opened and closed its pinchers.  It opened and closed its mouth.  It was trying to pinch and bite the moon as it rose in the sky.  The giant crab's red eyes followed the moon as it climbed higher.  Then the crab reached out and tried to grab the moon.

"Snap! Snap!" The crab spapped its pinchers.  They sounded like thunder in the air.

Oh no!  If the crab caught the moon and ate it, the night sky would be dark forever.  The seas would not be safe ever again for the fishermen on the island.  Young men and their girl friends could no longer walk hand in hand under the moon.

The Princess knew her people were all at a giant feast,  Music was playing.  Drums were beating loudly.  People were dancing and having fun.  The princess knew no one would see the crab until it was too late.  She needed help to stop the crab from eating the moon.  There was no time to run back to the village.  The Princess could not yell loud enough to get the attention of the villagers.

Suddenly the Princess had an idea.  She ran to the edge of the shore and found an empty conch shell on the dry sand.  She put her lips to the shell and blew into it.  A loud noise came out.  "Barroooo!!!"

The Princess watched the crab's giant pinchers come closer and closer to the moon.  "Snap!  Snap!  Snap!"  She blew on the shell again and again.  The crab's claws came closer and closer to the moon!

The Princess blew the conch shell one more time with the loudest breath yet.  As the sound of the shell died out, the drums stopped beating.  The Princess looked towards the village and saw a line of torches coming towards her.  The waving line of torches looked like a giant snake coming down the mountain side on the way to the beach where the Princess was.  She blew the conch shell one more time then ran towards her people.

Warriors armed with swords, knives and spears appeared on the shore.  The eyes of the people looked where the finger of the Princess pointed.

Their eyes showed fear as they looked at the largest crab they had ever seen.  It stood taller than the mountains as it tried to grab at the moon.  One pincher reached higher than before and almost caught the moon.  Everyone took a breath!  But, the moon slipped from the crab's grip, and the crab fell on its back.

The Princess grabbed a spear from a warrior and ran down the beach to where the crab was trying to turn over and get up.  She ran up the side of the crab.  Every warrior followed her.  The Princess aimed her spear at the soft belly of the crab.  She stabbed her spear into the the crab.  Every warrior did the same while trying to avoid the moving pinchers.

A few warriors tried to cut off the crab's legs.  They dodged the dangerous pinchers.  One warrior cut off one of the claws.  Then the other claw was cut off.  Soon the crab was dead.  The moon was safe.   

The bravery of the Princess had saved the moon.  The night skies are still lighted by the moon's glow.  Ships can sail by the light of the moon.  Families still feast on meat from that giant crab all over the world.

The waters of the oceans still move back and forth from high tide to low tide and back again.  People say it is the pull of the moon that causes these tides.  But, islanders still say it is really the waters still flowing in and out of the crab's home at the bottom of the sea.
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« Reply #13 on: May 23, 2012, 05:19:21 PM »

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« Reply #14 on: May 23, 2012, 05:29:00 PM »

Hope you get the pic.  I am sure it was a gargantuan crab by all means.  I also enjoyed the islander story, I always love those.
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« Reply #15 on: May 23, 2012, 07:00:12 PM »

Maybe he caught it on the out flow of the Oyster Creek Power Plant.  Wink
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« Reply #16 on: May 23, 2012, 07:22:28 PM »

called mom, said everything was thrown out.
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« Reply #17 on: May 24, 2012, 08:05:54 AM »

Would have been nice to have the picture at the posting rather than posting with no picture.
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« Reply #18 on: May 24, 2012, 08:12:51 AM »

Most of the kids who grew up in Galveston were told by their Grandpa that he caught the crab in front of Gaido's.  They quit believing it when they grew up.
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« Reply #19 on: May 24, 2012, 09:38:32 AM »

It must look like this
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