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« on: February 02, 2013, 02:08:06 PM »

anyone ever catch one of these? we catch em all the time here when targeting blue crab. Its called the portly spider crab or Libinia emarginata
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« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2013, 02:14:21 PM »

Yep, caught a bunch, but only up on the Jersey shore spots(Tuckerton, LBI etc)...In the Delaware Bay area, none...
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« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2013, 06:36:50 PM »

yep they are "heavy" (compared to a similar sized blue crab) making those of us who use handlines realize we have either a keeper blue crab or a lousy spider crab.  I understand some people have taken them to eat and claim they are fine.  I usually only catch them towards the fall/winter months in the navasink in NJ.

Who knows what is left of that river after Hurricane Sandy.  There could be sunk boats in the river.  
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« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2013, 11:39:26 PM »

Very common thru CT. They were my nemesis when Lobstering. They would fill the pots!

They are getting them in Florida now too. I don't think they were that common there years ago?
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« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2013, 05:58:06 PM »

i wonder if they would be good tog bait?
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« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2013, 11:49:55 PM »

No and i hope i don't. That's one ugly crab!
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« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2013, 08:09:05 AM »

Catch here in the the Great Egg Harbor Bay, but not in it's feeder rivers.

Never seen on in DE.
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« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2013, 09:05:01 AM »

Used to catch a lot back in the 70's.  Not as many now.  Don't want anything to do with them, they remind me of the face-hugger in ALIEN... Shocked
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« Reply #8 on: February 27, 2013, 01:33:12 PM »

looks like tog bait to me
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« Reply #9 on: March 03, 2013, 04:47:54 PM »

Catch plenty in Fl, have for years
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« Reply #10 on: March 08, 2013, 09:10:10 AM »

Catch plenty in Fl, have for years

No doubt, Catch them in marinas and in the ocean traps (ive done twice overnight) in the panhandle region
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« Reply #11 on: March 25, 2013, 06:05:32 PM »

I think it's a spider crab...I caught one and ate it lol
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« Reply #12 on: March 25, 2013, 06:31:53 PM »

Spider crab...it's in the same family as the tanner (snow) crab, but smaller and creepier looking.
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« Reply #13 on: March 29, 2013, 09:30:54 AM »

Catch here in the the Great Egg Harbor Bay, but not in it's feeder rivers.

Never seen on in DE.
Used to catch them all the time off the surf in the 80's and early 90's at FISP.  Funny thing is back then the water was laden with lots of trash etc from illegal dumping.  Now that the water has cleaned up they're gone. 
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« Reply #14 on: April 22, 2013, 08:55:08 PM »

Caught them in the Assawoman Bay in Ocean City MD.
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« Reply #15 on: July 30, 2013, 02:18:17 AM »

Caught thousands of them spider crabs. The rule of thumb is if you are getting them in your pots your not going to get many blue crabs . It usually is true and its hard to get them out of the pots with those long legs.
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« Reply #16 on: August 14, 2013, 05:54:01 PM »

Used to catch a lot back in the 70's.  Not as many now.  Don't want anything to do with them, they remind me of the face-hugger in ALIEN... Shocked

ahha i was just thinking the same thing. I cringed my face when i see that.
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