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« on: July 30, 2015, 06:51:03 PM »

Guys, I appreciate the wealth of knowledge you guys share and I was hoping you could help me with my question.
We usually go out of the Red Bank area once a year but I don't remember going while it is as hot as it is.
With an hour long ride to get home, what's the best way to keep the jimmies alive?

Any thoughts are appreciated!
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« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2015, 07:47:14 PM »

Back Seat of car
Towel
Plastic trash can lid upside down
bushel of crabs in lid
crabs covered in wet burlap
A/C on high
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« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2015, 08:03:41 PM »

Cooler with a big bottle of water frozen
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« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2015, 08:16:09 PM »

I usually like to put ice in the wooden bushel basket and surround the bottom with a big plastic garbage bag. That way, the ice that melts will seep through the seams and won't drown the crabs. And the water will end up in the bag and not the back of your car.
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« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2015, 08:33:40 PM »

freeze half gallon plastic juice bottles, keep them in the bushel basket throughout the day, wet burlap on top of crabs on the way home- never dunk or wet the crabs throughout the day, this will shock them and reduce life.

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« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2015, 11:09:34 AM »

Gary,

I don't chill them and dunk them all day long for years with no ill effects on longevity.   In fact on really hot days I hang my holding hamper off my gunwale in the water all day long to keep them cool..  Pull in in when I move.   Been doing that for decades.

One way is in bushel all day on boat. Dump in a big cooler with open top ( near air) and frozen milk containers inside.   Keeps the bottom cold. And does not drown crabs in melted ice water.  REMEMBER- TOP STAYS OPEN.




freeze half gallon plastic juice bottles, keep them in the bushel basket throughout the day, wet burlap on top of crabs on the way home- never dunk or wet the crabs throughout the day, this will shock them and reduce life.

fyi- they are going to move your post to crabbing resources- this is for posting reports only.


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« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2015, 07:45:54 AM »

Thanks guys - a couple of frozen bottles of water in the bushel did the trick.
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