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« on: August 28, 2013, 06:40:10 PM »

So I have been eating dungeness crabs all my life and in the last year, I had the pleasure to finally try a blue crab. The differences I have noticed:

dungeness: more meat to shell ratio,
dungeness: Bigger and easier to peel.
dungeness: made with tons of recipes that I have tried.
dungeness: I can fish for them now  Grin ( this is very biased)

Blue: meat tastes extremely sweet. (better IMO)
Blue: cheaper at my local grocery store.

It is rare for blue crabs to be seen where I am (vancouver Canada) but when i see them, i buy them. The only downside is they r small which means they are harder to peel.

I would like to know what differences you have noticed if you have ever tried these 2 crabs. Grin Grin Grin

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« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2013, 06:41:46 PM »

Since we all love pictures, here is one with me catching a buncha dungeness crabs. More pictures on my site at http://mrdungenesscrabber.com/.
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« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2013, 07:02:28 PM »

Nice pic's .thanks
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« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2013, 07:47:13 PM »

Cool..... I like the way you did the pic's... thumbsup Cool
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« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2013, 09:13:48 PM »

Dungeness are bland and I cant catch them. Lol
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« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2013, 11:23:05 PM »

You need to get yourself a big heavy 7 or 8 inch Maryland blue crab. I do like those Dungeness crabs. Not nearly as much as the blue crab. Like FP said. They are kinda bland. Not bad with JO tho Grin. Oh, and I can't catch them here either.
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« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2013, 11:26:09 PM »

You need to get yourself a big heavy 7 or 8 inch Maryland blue crab. I do like those Dungeness crabs. Not nearly as much as the blue crab. Like FP said. They are kinda bland. Not bad with JO tho Grin. Oh, and I can't catch them here either.
Is there any of that horrible mustard in a dungeness ?
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« Reply #7 on: August 28, 2013, 11:51:27 PM »

Is there any of that horrible mustard in a dungeness ?

Good question Frank. I've only had the claws. I'm not sure if they have the yellow gold Grin
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« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2013, 02:00:37 AM »

You need to get yourself a big heavy 7 or 8 inch Maryland blue crab. I do like those Dungeness crabs. Not nearly as much as the blue crab. Like FP said. They are kinda bland. Not bad with JO tho Grin. Oh, and I can't catch them here either.

wholy cow , all I catch is dungeness. I would looooove to catch a big size blue crab but unfortunately they are not native to where I am. There are tons of dungeness though lol.

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« Reply #9 on: August 29, 2013, 07:31:09 AM »

Trevor..cool website...on your trip the 17th,you guys got out kinda late...you said you didn't drop the first pot until 9:30 am...the 20th,you went out in the afternoon...have you ever tried dropping your pots at sunrise and seeing what happens..??  Undecided Huh reason I ask is..for the Blue crab,my experience is that the best bite is sunrise to 10am...you will catch them all day,just not as prolific as when the sun rises......also..another question,you have the "enclosed"cages and soak them for 30 min before checking them....are there any regs up there preventing you from using the small topless traps (10in base) that we use?...you could run 30 in a line(maximum we're allowed)....by the time you get to the end of your "run" of 30,a 1/2 hr will have elapsed and you can start again  Grin....now..if you don't wanna walk like Quasimoto after crabbin...forget about the 30 traps  Grin Grin Grin...also..if you are like my kids when they were growing up and cant get your rear end outta bed...forget I asked about the sunrise    Grin Grin....Rick
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« Reply #10 on: August 29, 2013, 09:28:36 AM »

Cool website. How long is the season for you guys? Do you boil or steam? Grin You ever thought about running a trotline? Roll Eyes
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« Reply #11 on: August 29, 2013, 10:23:37 AM »

Great website Trevor!
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« Reply #12 on: August 29, 2013, 12:49:18 PM »

I can get full off of Dungeness crabs, with blue crabs I just get tired of picking. Both crabs I just dip in a little Old Bay seasoning.
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« Reply #13 on: August 29, 2013, 01:28:57 PM »

I can get full off of Dungeness crabs, with blue crabs I just get tired of picking. Both crabs I just dip in a little Old Bay seasoning.
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« Reply #14 on: August 29, 2013, 03:02:49 PM »

hey kingcrabber, 

The reason i went that late is because im the only one that seems to be enthusiastic about crabbing amongst my peers. The only dates available for me to go is during the weekend and most friends tend to do a heavy night of drinking or enjoy sleeping in during the weekends so the earliest i can get a friend to come meet me is at 9am. (they always push for late afternoon around 1 or 2)

As for the small topless traps, there isnt any regulations against it. I got the enclosed cages because they were on sale. the wife is a crazy couponer so she wont allow me to do much purchases unless they are on sale lol.

Im not quite sure on what you mean by ' you can run 30 in a line'. i think this method is not used where up here where i am. Most casual crabbers like myself use the square enclosed traps (that i have seen).

thanks for the support rick, this website is only on its baby steps and i plan on documenting all my crabbing trips. if i can get good behind a cam, i will put it on Youtube.  Grin Grin Grin Grin


Trevor..cool website...on your trip the 17th,you guys got out kinda late...you said you didn't drop the first pot until 9:30 am...the 20th,you went out in the afternoon...have you ever tried dropping your pots at sunrise and seeing what happens..??  Undecided Huh reason I ask is..for the Blue crab,my experience is that the best bite is sunrise to 10am...you will catch them all day,just not as prolific as when the sun rises......also..another question,you have the "enclosed"cages and soak them for 30 min before checking them....are there any regs up there preventing you from using the small topless traps (10in base) that we use?...you could run 30 in a line(maximum we're allowed)....by the time you get to the end of your "run" of 30,a 1/2 hr will have elapsed and you can start again  Grin....now..if you don't wanna walk like Quasimoto after crabbin...forget about the 30 traps  Grin Grin Grin...also..if you are like my kids when they were growing up and cant get your rear end outta bed...forget I asked about the sunrise    Grin Grin....Rick
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« Reply #15 on: August 29, 2013, 03:09:45 PM »

hello crabbywaters,

I actually do not know how long the season is. I only started this hobby last year. I can find out.

i do not know what a trotline is... Huh Huh Huh Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Cry Cry

as for preparing the crabs - I boiled them in the past but got bored of eating them like that. The wife knows how to make asian style crab dishes . i took a picture a few weeks back and was about to put the recipe on my website but i didnt take pictures leading up to the finished product. but anyway, heres the finished product.



Cool website. How long is the season for you guys? Do you boil or steam? Grin You ever thought about running a trotline? Roll Eyes
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« Reply #16 on: August 29, 2013, 03:21:14 PM »

Great website Trevor!

Thanks cedrones. more pics and hopefully vids to come soon.
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« Reply #17 on: August 29, 2013, 03:22:11 PM »

those crabs look delish.
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« Reply #19 on: August 29, 2013, 06:00:54 PM »

So I have been eating dungeness crabs all my life and in the last year, I had the pleasure to finally try a blue crab. The differences I have noticed:

dungeness: more meat to shell ratio,
dungeness: Bigger and easier to peel.
dungeness: made with tons of recipes that I have tried.
dungeness: I can fish for them now  Grin ( this is very biased)

Blue: meat tastes extremely sweet. (better IMO)
Blue: cheaper at my local grocery store.

It is rare for blue crabs to be seen where I am (vancouver Canada) but when i see them, i buy them. The only downside is they r small which means they are harder to peel.

I would like to know what differences you have noticed if you have ever tried these 2 crabs. Grin Grin Grin



There are also tons of bluecrab recipes.
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