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« on: July 13, 2017, 12:51:46 PM »

My last trip out of the 37 caught 6 died before I could get them in the pot. My question is how do you guys store them on your boat? How about transport for the ride home? I'm trying to be a little more efficient and i think if i did a better job while keeping them on the boat they will have a better chance surviving the hour ride home I usually have.
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« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2017, 01:41:54 PM »

Take a look at this section -> https://www.bluecrab.info/forum/index.php?board=52.0
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« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2017, 09:45:33 PM »

If I'm crabbing close to home I just keep them in a basket. Get some burlap or an old towel and keep it wet and on top to keep them cool and outa the sun. If the crabs are on the lite/white side you can do everything perfect and they still die.
When I'm on the road I use this system I found on this site. I can keep them a couple days with almost no dead loss.

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« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2017, 10:39:42 AM »

My last trip out of the 37 caught 6 died before I could get them in the pot. My question is how do you guys store them on your boat? How about transport for the ride home? I'm trying to be a little more efficient and i think if i did a better job while keeping them on the boat they will have a better chance surviving the hour ride home I usually have.

 Remember not to keep them in the water, the water actually kills them faster because there's nowhere. Keep them over ice and I will keep them to at least 4-5 hours
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« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2017, 07:54:36 AM »

boat has a live well.
100% alive when I arrive back at the dock
put em in a dry 5 gallon pail on the boat and take em home to cook (live 2 miles from dock)

I know most dont have this luxury but the used boat I bought has it and its amazing
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