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« on: September 19, 2005, 10:28:44 AM »

I know eight inchers are common for the Chesapeake crabbers, but they are unusual for the modest Hudson River crabber.  But I finally got one this past weekend!  Man, did he shock me.  Crabzilla!  I marveled at him for quite a while.  He had all his appendages too, so he was very impressive.  He had a deep crab-claw wound on his upper carapace, suggesting to me a fight, or maybe he ate another crab who gave him a souvenir.

Anyway, I put him in my bucket and then put another crab in on top of him.  He was annoyed and reached up with a pincer and just snipped the pincer of the other crab clean off!  There was a loud cracking noise.  The big guys don't behave.  He will be delicious in some gumbo tonight though.   Wink

Total catch, 15 crabs, in eight hours of crabbing.  (That doesn't count a big crab that swam right out of one of my open topped traps, and a she-crab I tossed back in.)  About average for the Hudson, where you usually get 2-3 crabs an hour with four traps.
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« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2005, 10:40:08 AM »

Larry_D,  Congratulations and Good Job! Wait till you eat him. He is full of meat and much more worth your time than a small crab. Bigger is better!
Please post your gumbo recipe under the recipe section, thanks.
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« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2005, 11:14:00 AM »

Larry:

There is a place on this site for "Records and Citations" - a contest for the biggest crab from each state.  I haven't looked up the 2005 New York record, but you should check it out and apply.

DON'T throw away the shell!!  You will need to show a picture with tape measure in the background.
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« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2005, 02:14:58 PM »

I just looked it up, and I guess I win by default, as there are no NY entries.   Wink

Last year's was 7" though, so I guess I am at least in the running.  I did save the shell, and I will post a pic as soon as I have the chance!
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« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2005, 02:44:30 PM »

NICE GOING ON THAT ONE BRO.  THATS AN AWESOME CATCH. Grin Grin
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« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2005, 05:27:28 PM »

I just looked it up, and I guess I win by default, as there are no NY entries.   Wink

Last year's was 7" though, so I guess I am at least in the running.  I did save the shell, and I will post a pic as soon as I have the chance!

Well at least you were smart enough to save the shell, you have a picture with a measurement or send CG the shell. Nice job. Wink Cool Cool Cool
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« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2005, 05:48:59 PM »

Nice job larry,....  I don't think you'll have much competition in NY with an 8" crab 
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« Reply #7 on: September 19, 2005, 06:04:21 PM »

BTW - Nice Job Larry.. didn't mean to get off track on your post..
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« Reply #8 on: September 19, 2005, 06:41:27 PM »

Nice job!!!

I doubt there have been many 8 inchers coming out of NY.  Been trying for 25 years in New Jersey and haven't managed anything that size yet. 

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« Reply #9 on: September 20, 2005, 06:02:10 AM »

NICE going LARRY.   Wink Wink
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« Reply #10 on: September 21, 2005, 12:07:24 AM »

Posted a photo of this dude's shell in the Records forum:
http://www.blue-crab.org/forum/index.php?topic=346.msg63514#msg63514
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« Reply #11 on: September 21, 2005, 08:23:12 AM »

        Good job Larry on that huge male crab, Nice going! Grin Grin

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« Reply #12 on: September 21, 2005, 08:27:15 AM »

Nice job.
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