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« on: June 11, 2017, 12:07:25 PM »

OK so I did a search on here and found no info on a very simple question I have.
Whats the best way to safely handle live crabs?
Obviously I am new to crabbing. lol
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« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2017, 12:17:18 PM »

From a being bit perspective? Tongs, heavy gloves or pick them up from behind by grasping the backfin right where it comes out of the body.
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« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2017, 12:20:53 PM »

From a being bit perspective? Tongs, heavy gloves or pick them up from behind by grasping the backfin right where it comes out of the body.
Thank you Mikie using tongs seems so logical now that you mention it.
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« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2017, 03:22:24 PM »

How much damage can they do if you do get bitten and is it painful.
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« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2017, 04:12:13 PM »

If they get you right it can slice just like a knife! Even if they should just puncture you with the tip of the claw they almost always get infected. Crabs are VERY dirty creatures when it comes to bacteria, etc.. Also, they can exert extreme pressure with their claws. Even with heavy gloves on, if they get you just right it hurts like H*ll! Plus, they don't like to let go once they have a grip. Just letting them hang will coax them to let go most of the time, if nothing else is touching them - IF you can stand to be still while you're waiting for them to drop off. Grin
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« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2017, 04:31:20 PM »

Good info brother thank you
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« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2017, 06:27:12 PM »

How much damage can they do if you do get bitten and is it painful.

sorry can't help but be a smart aleck here...

crabs do not "bite".  They do enjoy using their claws to pinch you....painfully.   Tongue

if you click on the "Crab" icon - it will take you to a FAQ/information site.  it mentions that a crab pinch may result in blood poisoning (e.g. due to bacteria entering the wound).  Here's an old article of a man in Florida who had to go to the hospital due to the infection...Flesh Eating Bacteria Crab Pinch
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« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2017, 06:37:26 PM »

Mikie gave you some good info. The only other piece of advice I can give you is this, if you get bit by a crab and it breaks your skin, clean it out immediately with hand sanitizer, bleach or soap and water. Make sure you always carry a small bottle of this stuff with you.

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« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2017, 08:26:09 PM »

sorry can't help but be a smart aleck here...

crabs do not "bite".  They do enjoy using their claws to pinch you....painfully.   Tongue

if you click on the "Crab" icon - it will take you to a FAQ/information site.  it mentions that a crab pinch may result in blood poisoning (e.g. due to bacteria entering the wound).  Here's an old article of a man in Florida who had to go to the hospital due to the infection...Flesh Eating Bacteria Crab Pinch

Tell that to the next chicken neck you see, pal!  Grin

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« Reply #9 on: June 11, 2017, 09:09:09 PM »

Technically, Hawkeye is correct. Crabs don't "Bite" with their claws, they do have a mouth that they use to ingest their food which they use their claws to assist with either by just holding onto the meal/prey, or ripping off pieces to put in their mouths. Outside of the technicality, everything else pretty much sums it up.
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« Reply #10 on: June 12, 2017, 06:54:53 AM »

 Mikie from past experiance i have found that if you do get bite good i find that setting crab to the deck real quick they usually let go and try to run off. I carry a 50/50 mix of bleach and water and use it right away if i get cut by a crab in any way, 100% bleach is better yet.
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« Reply #11 on: June 12, 2017, 06:12:36 PM »

I've had to snap a claw off before. The muscular traits hold on for a few seconds before you can pry the punchers apart.
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« Reply #12 on: June 12, 2017, 06:53:19 PM »

If you are ever grabbed by a live blue crab, it will be a painful experience of a lesson. Now some crab barefooted, getting them in the basket is a must. LOL

 Most would agree that tongs are he best way to pick them up, buy they do sell thick gloves that should eliminate the pain you'll get if they grab the glove.

http://www.ilovecrabs.com/crab-accessories-html/accessory-crabbing-gloves.html
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« Reply #13 on: June 12, 2017, 07:29:13 PM »

Click on the little red crab at the bottom of any page on the BCA Forum and it will open a ton of info.  Wink

I've had to snap a claw off before. The muscular traits hold on for a few seconds before you can pry the punchers apart.
Yup.  Been bit a few times.  Roll Eyes Grin  Break the claw off right away.  You can open the claw easily. A second or two is nothing compared to a Big Jimmy that's just not going to let go. One I remember most was the one that got me between the thumb and index finger.  Shocked  That was more then a half century ago.  laugh

If you grab the crab at the point that it's swimming fin meets the body with your thumb and index finger, it can not reach you with it's claws. Cool
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« Reply #14 on: June 12, 2017, 09:03:18 PM »

Guys this all great info, much appreciated.  Smiley
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« Reply #15 on: June 14, 2017, 09:41:37 AM »

Click on the little red crab at the bottom of any page on the BCA Forum and it will open a ton of info.  Wink
Yup.  Been bit a few times.  Roll Eyes Grin  Break the claw off right away.  You can open the claw easily. A second or two is nothing compared to a Big Jimmy that's just not going to let go. One I remember most was the one that got me between the thumb and index finger.  Shocked  That was more then a half century ago.  laugh

If you grab the crab at the point that it's swimming fin meets the body with your thumb and index finger, it can not reach you with it's claws. Cool

GREAT ADVICE JACK :
I had one BITE me alongside my thumb nail and puncture until the blood flowed. Jack is right it hurts like the dickens and you'll never forget it even if it was 20 years ago. I had my young grandson crabbing with me and he dropped a big jimmy in the boat. My grandson got all fidgitty and I said stay still. That crab sidled to the back of the boat where my bare foot was waiting for him I told my grandson " Watch this " that crab went right over my bare foot and never tried to bite me, WHY ? Because I stayed perfectly still. If I would have moved my foot even a little that crab would have seen the movement and lashed out at it. A stationary object is not a threat, but movement is another thing !
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« Reply #16 on: June 14, 2017, 10:17:48 AM »

What he said  Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: June 14, 2017, 02:03:28 PM »

get some thick orange crabbing gloves and grab them right in the face. they wont be able to bend there claws enough to get any painful pinches to the hand. P.S be quick and they usually dont have time to latch on.
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« Reply #18 on: June 14, 2017, 04:00:38 PM »

get some thick orange crabbing gloves and grab them right in the face. they wont be able to bend there claws enough to get any painful pinches to the hand. P.S be quick and they usually dont have time to latch on.
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« Reply #19 on: June 14, 2017, 05:24:08 PM »

get some thick orange crabbing gloves and grab them right in the face. they wont be able to bend there claws enough to get any painful pinches to the hand. P.S be quick and they usually dont have time to latch on.
Yup...  That's the way I do it.  Cool
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