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« on: February 08, 2018, 11:28:56 AM »

Yesterday I hooked up with a visiting buddy from CT to give Oysters and Clams a try down here. Oysters are very plentiful down this way and you are allowed two sixty pound sacks a day or four five gallon buckets per person per day. That's a whole lotta Oysters! For clams you are allowed two five gallon buckets a day and is the same with Blue Crabs. Recently though we have had a yellow and brown algae blooms that, according to University of Central Florida biologists, have stressed the Oysters and wiped out the Clams! Well we're gonna go look! We traveled just south of me to the Canaveral National Seashore just north of where they shot up that Space X rocket the other day. Yes I could see the rocket go up from my house, the smoke trail anyway. Back to the Oysters. We poked around and hit six different areas and found Oysters at every one! We also scratched with clam rakes and found zero.....The Dreaded Skunk!
There is a restaurant here that sells Oysters for $9.00 a dozen on weekends. Yesterday another restaurant had Oysters for $14.00 a dozen.
We each got one 5 gallon bucket full (we could have gotten more) and after cleaning I counted them. 2 shy of 10 dozen Oysters! It's gonna take me a while to eat that many! Saturday I'm meeting up with another buddy to go crabbing again.  Report to follow.
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« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2018, 09:41:58 PM »

Oysters go quick if you grill them. They open up and dip in some butter. I could invite a few friends and it would be gone in one evening.  laugh Good catch and good meal.
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« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2018, 09:51:50 PM »

Freeze them.
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« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2018, 09:18:54 AM »

I quick grilled some last night and they are good but small! You could easily eat 5 dozen of them!
I have a buddy who likes to quick grill then add a small amount of butter to each one when still hot. The butter will melt onto the still hot Oyster. Sounds good and will have to try it.
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« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2018, 02:21:41 PM »

You can open them up and put some cheese on them. Melted cheese and a little garlic butter is great.
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« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2018, 02:51:17 PM »

I posted this report on the CT Fisherman forum and got some good replies!
They said the minimum price for Oysters in CT is $1.50 each in the market and $3.00 each in restaurants! WOW!

What's the price now for Oysters in MD?  Thanx! I know the price for crabs in the summer is high but they gotta be outta sight right now if available at all.
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« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2018, 05:39:15 PM »

Watch doing too much seafood on the grill or get a cheap one just for seafood. When I was younger my friends and I always had big partied where we cooked a lot of food. We used to do so many clams and oysters on his grill that all of the salt started corroding the grill.
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« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2018, 11:16:52 PM »

Depending on where you get the oysters but a lot of places have specials for oysters. $1 each at many restaurant for happy hour. 100 for like $40 and some places sell a bushel for around $60. Crabs are pretty expensive but with not much of a demand I would guess mid to high 200s.
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« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2018, 07:00:06 AM »

I grilled some more last night. So good! I put the Oysters in a cheapo aluminum tray from the dollar store  to save the grill.
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« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2018, 09:51:35 AM »

I posted this report on the CT Fisherman forum and got some good replies!
They said the minimum price for Oysters in CT is $1.50 each in the market and $3.00 each in restaurants! WOW!

What's the price now for Oysters in MD?  Thanx! I know the price for crabs in the summer is high but they gotta be outta sight right now if available at all.
I'm paying about a buck each for Chincoteagues (retail).
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« Reply #10 on: February 10, 2018, 11:06:49 AM »

Giant has some decent sized oysters. I got 12 oysters for $8.00 last week. I made Rockefeller, pretty [dang] good.
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« Reply #11 on: February 11, 2018, 08:56:39 AM »

Went to Hmart, a Korean grocery store and they had blue crabs for sale. $6.49lb for females and $6.99lb for males. I picked up 2 crabs and did the pinch test on them. On was pretty hard but not rock hard and the other one had a little flex to it.
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