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« on: August 19, 2012, 04:06:42 PM »

I decided to head down to do some handlineing since its been a couple week. I got down to the pier around 10:30 to a slack low tide Sad. Started setting my usual 18 lines out when i noticed my first line was out before i even set my second line. I grabbed my net and pulled in a real nice doubler. I thought "here we go" its one now. I was wrong laugh. It ended up being really slow. I was Crabbing in only 2 to 3 foot of water, to shallow. I ended up with 7 decent size crabs that were really hard. I tossed back about 4 keeper size papershells. Buddy of mine said that their in the 8 to 10 foot range. It was still a fun time, only spent about 2 hrs Crabbing then the rain hit. Here's a few pics. Enjoy
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« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2012, 04:07:47 PM »

Nice one
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« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2012, 04:09:04 PM »

For a hard crab, this one had some nice blue in him
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« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2012, 04:10:52 PM »

NICE crabs aqnd report.
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« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2012, 04:11:10 PM »

Steamed up.. I had to add some seasoning. I put a bunch on and when i opened the lid hardly any. Strange..
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« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2012, 04:12:21 PM »

nice .they lookgood. enjoy
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« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2012, 04:13:22 PM »

Nice photos. Thanks for taking the time to post them.
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« Reply #7 on: August 19, 2012, 06:13:07 PM »

Like the first pic Dan. True brick. Enjoy your feast!
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« Reply #8 on: August 19, 2012, 08:44:49 PM »

Thanks guys. Im chilling them over night, i love cold crabs.
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« Reply #9 on: August 19, 2012, 09:29:17 PM »

Hey cold crabs r the best I'd much eat em the day after
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« Reply #10 on: August 19, 2012, 09:32:13 PM »

Nice crabs. I prefer to have them cold too. 1-2 days in the frig. seems to really bring the flavor out. Enjoy.
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« Reply #11 on: August 19, 2012, 10:00:47 PM »

You guys know what's up, a day or two in the fridge is key.
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« Reply #12 on: August 19, 2012, 10:29:01 PM »

i would have to say straight from the steamer is how i like em! Grin
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« Reply #13 on: August 19, 2012, 10:56:38 PM »

i would have to say straight from the steamer is how i like em! Grin

That works for me too Grin
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« Reply #14 on: August 19, 2012, 11:45:05 PM »

Where you at romankoke?  Heading the thrus. morn since our boat is out of commission. Glad to here you got crabs on hand lines. thanks for the report.
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« Reply #15 on: August 20, 2012, 12:46:30 AM »

Where you at romankoke?  Heading the thrus. morn since our boat is out of commission. Glad to here you got crabs on hand lines. thanks for the report.
No, i was on a private pier in crab alley. I heard a good report from the Romankoke pier the other day. Crabs are doubled up on the poles, so keep a eye out. You might pick up a couple bonus crabs. Good luck..
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« Reply #16 on: August 20, 2012, 01:36:31 PM »

I used to steam crab's for a living at my uncles seafood shop.We found that most of the seasoning got washed off from the steam and knocked off when the crab's became crazed with escape from the steamer as the steam started to flow.We used live steam which was piped in from a steam jenny out back. Now that I use a conventional steamer with water in the bottom, I find that if I put a little seasoning in the water and lightly season as I put them in. I can season after they are done while the shells are still a little wet which preserves your seasoning supply without compromising flavor .
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« Reply #17 on: August 20, 2012, 01:52:38 PM »

I used to steam crab's for a living at my uncles seafood shop.We found that most of the seasoning got washed off from the steam and knocked off when the crab's became crazed with escape from the steamer as the steam started to flow.We used live steam which was piped in from a steam jenny out back. Now that I use a conventional steamer with water in the bottom, I find that if I put a little seasoning in the water and lightly season as I put them in. I can season after they are done while the shells are still a little wet which preserves your seasoning supply without compromising flavor .

did you ice them or shock them before steaming?
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« Reply #18 on: August 20, 2012, 03:30:09 PM »

Interesting, thanks for the tip DED.
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« Reply #19 on: August 20, 2012, 06:31:55 PM »

did you ice them or shock them before steaming?
I put ice on the bottom of my big boat cooler, then I have a flat tray made out of milk crates I lay on top of the ice, then I put the crabs on the tray and take the drain plug loose so the water drains out. The crabs won't drown. When I get home all I do is throw ice on top- slowing them down so they do not drop their legs while steaming ( that is their natural defense mechanism)
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