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« on: January 21, 2004, 09:15:35 PM »

We all appreciate catching a 8or9 inch blue crab but what about the size of these babies.
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« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2004, 01:41:54 PM »

what did you catch those with?
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« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2004, 01:58:44 PM »

man o man,gona have to enlarge my traps.
 Keep smiling Big AL Smiley Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2004, 05:56:26 PM »

Betcha a Big Blue can whoop'em in a fair fight.  They look off'n ganggley to me  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2004, 10:03:07 PM »

WOW  TELL US MORE    Shocked
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« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2004, 11:04:01 AM »

I dont no if big blue beatem up but no dought blue tastes better Wink
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« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2004, 12:53:28 PM »

Have a question.

I had a gentleman tell me that when you catch a hard shell cold water crab you pull off a leg and trow it back in because it will grow a new leg!  Is this true??
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« Reply #7 on: January 23, 2004, 09:30:09 PM »

Lelsie, crabs will naturally regenerate missing claws, legs, swim fins.  However, the method you're referring to applies to the Stone Crab. When you catch one of these crabs, native to the warmer waters of Florida and environs,  you remove one (and only one) of its two large pinching claws, put the claw on ice, and throw the crab back in the water.  The crab will regenerate the missing claw over time.  The reason that only one of the claws is removed is because it needs at least one claw to eat and forage for food. Don't know where you are from, but the seafood departments in the larger grocery stores (Giant, Safeway, etc.) usually have uncooked Stone Crab claws for sale.  The majority of the edible meat in a Stone Crab is in the claws and not in the body, so that's why you return it to the water...to grow another claw.  They taste pretty good; sort of a cross between crab and lobster.  BUT, they are not as good as Chesapeake Bay Blue Crabs!! Our Blue Crabs have excellent meat all thoughout the body and appendeges.  I have it on good authority that ALL Stone Crabs want to grow up to be Chesapeake Bay Blues! Grin

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« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2004, 01:53:58 PM »

HOLY MOLEY  Shocked them some big boys to say the least!!!
must have froze your butts off for them, but i bet it was worth it  Cheesy  i would love to go out for some of them big ole halibut's!...great job there jimmy, but what did you catch them with? Shocked
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« Reply #9 on: April 22, 2004, 01:09:53 AM »

those are monsters!!
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« Reply #10 on: April 23, 2004, 12:58:16 PM »

Those crabs are something! I remmeber in the Navy we did a cruise around South America, going thru the strait of Magellan. That is absolutely the end of the earth down there. It is so desolate yet beautiful and peaceful. There are tiny settlements of just several families along the shorelines. We traded flour,sugar, and some other basic staples for the Southern version of this crab. BARRELS of them. That night on the ship was one big Crab and shellfish fest unequal to all others ever had afloat. A great memory, I remember wanted to go (could leave the ship, it was not a so called port o call) with the kids in the small boat that pulled along side to do the transaction, to go catch some myself. never found out how they caught them, just ate em.
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« Reply #11 on: April 23, 2004, 01:35:15 PM »

these arent the ones that come ashore and walk by the hundereds are they?
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« Reply #12 on: April 23, 2004, 02:11:01 PM »

nope
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« Reply #13 on: April 30, 2004, 11:45:39 AM »

I was in FL in March and a commercial stone crabber told me that the state was going to allow the taking of both claws this year.

Florida did a study and it was determined that the mortality rate of stone crabs w/o any claws was not significantly different than those with one claw.

Been a while since I posted - hope all have a great season.

If you have never had King Crab you should try it.  The few times I have shelled out the big bucks they have been firm, sweet and delicious.  Not the same taste by no stretch as the blue crab, but very good.

I have had the pleasure of preserving a couple of 10 pounders-1 for Childrens Museum of Indianapolis and 1 for a restaurant.  Wish I had the good sense to get one for myself.
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