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Crabs - Because They're AWESOME!!!

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Alright folks, crabs deserve their own thread. Let's not booger up the lobster thread. Each has their own merit.

So crabs. I'm in Delaware. Right up the road from the Chesapeake Bay. Blue Crabs!!!! :mrgreen:

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Steamed in beer and Old Bay seasoning.

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A cooler full of beer and a bushel of these and the rest of the world can go F themselves.

I've never been to west coast so Dungeness crabs and such I've never had. When I try them, I want them to be FRESH. Not frozen and flown across the country.
 

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Just finishing up a 14' crabbing skiff. I will be over on the Eastern Shore all summer on my off days with the grand kids. They get bored fishing, but love crabbing.

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I love crabs, but unless you can get quite large ones, they're too much of a hassle to eat. No such option is available where I hail from, which is why I never bother.
 

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I love crabs, but unless you can get quite large ones, they're too much of a hassle to eat. No such option is available where I hail from, which is why I never bother.

Where are you from? The Blue crabs in the Chesapeake are doing great.

I hauled in about 2 dozen last weekend well over 7" point to point.
 

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Blue crab are excellent. Not only do they taste good but if you happen to have need of dumping a body they make short work of the evidence (except the teeth which you'll need to handle separately)
 

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I love crabs, but unless you can get quite large ones, they're too much of a hassle to eat. No such option is available where I hail from, which is why I never bother.

You have to look at pickin crabs as a kind of therapeutic exercise. Having beer is always helpful too. And a group of good friends/family.
 

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WOW!!!!

Building it from plans, or just from your own head????

Earle Brockway built these boats for over 40 years. I used to sit and watch him build these on my off days when I was in the Navy in New London Ct. My friend rented a house up the street from Earle in Old Saybrook. The only measurements needed are the stem post angles and the transom. The transom can be cut to have most any desirable side flare you choose. The rest is done by eye.
 

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Earle Brockway built these boats for over 40 years. I used to sit and watch him build these on my off days when I was in the Navy in New London Ct. My friend rented a house up the street from Earle in Old Saybrook. The only measurements needed are the stem post angles and the transom. The transom can be cut to have most any desirable side flare you choose. The rest is done by eye.

Fantastic. Please post pics of finished project. Especially if there's a bushel of caught crabs in it. :rock
 

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You have to look at pickin crabs as a kind of therapeutic exercise. Having beer is always helpful too. And a group of good friends/family.

yea..definitely not my thing.
 

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I don't get a lot of good fresh crab here in the middle but that doesn't stop me from enjoying it. Even if they are frozen and flown in. :2razz:

I love a good crab salad. I usually have to settle for imitation crab, but my favorite is to mix it with tomato, cilantro, cucumber, radish, and lime served on a tostada with hot sauce.
 

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My grandfather owned a small beachside(ish) house in southern RI for most of my life (sold it last year, was a sad time. Still, he bought it in '72 for 14,000$ and ended up getting 450,000$) and it was a short walk from this place Potters Pond. It's tidal but only ankle deep in places at low tide, maybe chest deep in others. I spent hours walking around with a crab net hunting blue crabs, one of my favorite memories. Still go there occasionally, can get a dozen in a few hours on a good day, the sun and wind have to favor you though or you can't see the bottom and the crabs. My father and I would sit for hours picking and eating. I don't get down there as much now a days, but I'll grab a few crabs at the local seafood shop. The ones that come in with the lobsters (rock crabs?) aren't as good as blues and require a little more brute force, but still tasty and satisfying. I picked up 5 or 6 last time and it took me around 2 hours to eat, but I loved it.
 

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You have to look at pickin crabs as a kind of therapeutic exercise. Having beer is always helpful too. And a group of good friends/family.

I agree. It is more about having fun that filling your stomach.
Does anyone like softshell crabs?
 

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Alright folks, crabs deserve their own thread. Let's not booger up the lobster thread. Each has their own merit.

So crabs. I'm in Delaware. Right up the road from the Chesapeake Bay. Blue Crabs!!!! :mrgreen:

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Steamed in beer and Old Bay seasoning.

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A cooler full of beer and a bushel of these and the rest of the world can go F themselves.

I've never been to west coast so Dungeness crabs and such I've never had. When I try them, I want them to be FRESH. Not frozen and flown across the country.

Lucky you, living near the Chesapeake! Although I live in South Jersey, there are few places to get really good blue claws. They are wonderful!!!!
 

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Me either. Just wondering. Getting past the eating everything part isn't easy.

My one and only time trying was while I was living in Baltimore. Went to a (relative to Baltimore) famous crab place and was told I HAD to try a soft-shell crab sandwich.

Lets just say...NEVER AGAIN. :shock:
 

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My one and only time trying was while I was living in Baltimore. Went to a (relative to Baltimore) famous crab place and was told I HAD to try a soft-shell crab sandwich.

Lets just say...NEVER AGAIN. :shock:

Saw those on a food networks show (DD&D I think) and I was appalled. If you have ever eaten the salt bags from a crab, or know someone who has, you get very leery about eating stuff from inside that isn't part of the leg-moving muscles. The sight of a whole crab between 2 pieces of bread was only topped by someone taking a big bite out of it. Thoroughly disturbing......
 

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Saw those on a food networks show (DD&D I think) and I was appalled. If you have ever eaten the salt bags from a crab, or know someone who has, you get very leery about eating stuff from inside that isn't part of the leg-moving muscles. The sight of a whole crab between 2 pieces of bread was only topped by someone taking a big bite out of it. Thoroughly disturbing......

I managed to eat the entire thing, but I honestly didn't like it at all.
 

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Why is nobody here talking about Stone Crabs? It's the coolest fishing trip ever! It's like picking vegetables, you lop off a claw & throw the crab back for next season! Not only that, but they're far better than blues. FAR better.
 

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Not really into crabs- takes too much work and effort to get at the meat. However I will make an exception to soft shell crab sandwiches and crab cakes. :mrgreen:
 

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Alright folks, crabs deserve their own thread. Let's not booger up the lobster thread. Each has their own merit.

So crabs. I'm in Delaware. Right up the road from the Chesapeake Bay. Blue Crabs!!!! :mrgreen:

Blue_Crab_page_image.jpg


Steamed in beer and Old Bay seasoning.

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A cooler full of beer and a bushel of these and the rest of the world can go F themselves.

I've never been to west coast so Dungeness crabs and such I've never had. When I try them, I want them to be FRESH. Not frozen and flown across the country.

Unless you're planning on moving here, I would suggest that if you come out to Oregon, that you DON'T try the crab. If you do, when you go back to the East Coast, you'll be sad and disappointed at what you have to eat. Accept the low standard of the blue crab and your poor lot in life and you'll be much happier. But if you plan on moving to Oregon/Washington, then come on out and have a bucket (I've never seen crab out here by the bushel, but lots of 5 gal. buckets full) of crab and then your only sadness will the wasted years of having to eat East Coast crab.

:mrgreen:
 

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Unless you're planning on moving here, I would suggest that if you come out to Oregon, that you DON'T try the crab. If you do, when you go back to the East Coast, you'll be sad and disappointed at what you have to eat. Accept the low standard of the blue crab and your poor lot in life and you'll be much happier. But if you plan on moving to Oregon/Washington, then come on out and have a bucket (I've never seen crab out here by the bushel, but lots of 5 gal. buckets full) of crab and then your only sadness will the wasted years of having to eat East Coast crab.

:mrgreen:

Then you've got the Alaskans and "you call that dinky little thing a crab"?
 
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