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Crabbing 07 Feb 2014 01:22 #1

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We are fortunate enough to live on the water and always have a crab pot out off our jetty. Lately the muddies have been numerous (mud crabs). Last night we caught these five in one crab pot.

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Crabbing 07 Feb 2014 04:57 #2

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Those two on the left hand side look like jennies to me . Do you remember when Troy Dan was eating the big muddies he caught on the Qld side of the N T border., All Jennies.

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Crabbing 07 Feb 2014 05:28 #3

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Who could forget Troy Dan.....You'll never find a Jenny or undersize buck among the ones I keep. I live on the water and so preservation is a big thing with me especially close to home. A pet hate of mine is the week-enders who come by and take everything or break a claw off a big Jenny before throwing her back. :angry:

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Crabbing 07 Feb 2014 16:06 #4

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:cheer: Enjoy your feast they really look good.
I am having a hard time waiting for my boating season to start, and get my Dungeness crab pots in the water. :)

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Crabbing 07 Feb 2014 22:45 #5

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Hi Skeeter3, Yes we had three of them for dinner last night, very tasty as per usual but not as full as they could have been. Those crabs of yours look similar to our muddies except the nippers look comparatively small. Where do you boat (and crab?).

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Crabbing 08 Feb 2014 16:23 #6

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Hi Ross
I am in Ketchikan, Alaska and we crab year round but it gets kind of cold in the winter months..

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Crabbing 20 Mar 2014 04:42 #7

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It's too early to talk crab.

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They aren't crabs, these are CRABS!

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Crabbing 20 Mar 2014 12:51 #9

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and these are crabs too:

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Crabbing 20 Mar 2014 15:01 #10

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Rosdeb wrote: They aren't crabs, these are CRABS!


If one of those got you it would leave a mark (or have your finger for lunch)

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Crabbing 20 Mar 2014 15:05 #11

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Hey Rosdeb,

Are those real? They are huge. :woohoo:

What the heck are they?

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Crabbing 20 Mar 2014 16:18 #12

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Rosdeb wrote: They aren't crabs, these are CRABS!


Crabs on steroids!

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Crabbing 20 Mar 2014 22:41 #13

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They are Queensland mud crabs Johhny Vintage. They are sought after by the southern states and over-seas markets but we are lucky enough to catch them right in our backyard off our Jetty.
And yes Billsguns, if they latch onto your finger, consider it lost. Those claws have enormous power.
By the way, Go Aweigh2452, what do you call those crabs and where are they from?

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Crabbing 21 Mar 2014 22:21 #14

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I've had Muddies in Palau, they do get big.

I think I prefer the Dungeness for flavor but I haven't tried them side by side.

I couldn't figure how to eat this guy.

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Crabbing 21 Mar 2014 22:27 #15

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Rosdeb wrote: They are Queensland mud crabs Johhny Vintage. They are sought after by the southern states and over-seas markets but we are lucky enough to catch them right in our backyard off our Jetty.
And yes Billsguns, if they latch onto your finger, consider it lost. Those claws have enormous power.
By the way, Go Aweigh2452, what do you call those crabs and where are they from?


Dungeness Crab and they are found from Northern California to southern Alaska... We can only keep the males and hard shell here in WA... those crabs of yours look awesome...


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Crabbing 21 Mar 2014 22:38 #16

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About 14 crab in one pull, and as I recall 12 keepers. (But we only kept one limit)

We now call the area where we dropped this pot the YMCA because thats where the boys hang out.

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Crabbing 22 Mar 2014 00:19 #17

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Wow that's a load of crabs Pacrmat & Go Aweigh. Are they the same variety? The most I have caught in one pot is about 10 but 6 of those were either female or undersize. We too are only allowed to keep bucks and they must be 15 cm across the shell.

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Crabbing 22 Mar 2014 03:25 #18

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softy wrote: Those two on the left hand side look like jennies to me.


How can you tell from the top?

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Dungeness,
In Washington they have to be over 6.25", about 15.85CM.
BC is close to that, but measured a bit different.
Only males and hard shell.

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Crabbing 22 Mar 2014 03:32 #20

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DeltaRat wrote:

softy wrote: Those two on the left hand side look like jennies to me.


How can you tell from the top?


I don't know about the muddies but the dungies look different from the top.

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Crabbing 22 Mar 2014 05:00 #21

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When one catches enough dunges, it is pretty easy to tell from the top without looking at the bottom of the crab...

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Crabbing 22 Mar 2014 10:05 #23

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Here's how to tell a buck from a Jenny mud crab. They look similar from on top though.


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Crabbing 22 Apr 2014 17:33 #24

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Hey fellow crabbers! I am looking to get 3-5 crab traps for Maryland Blue crab this season. Can anyone recommend a good trap for a beginner that won't break the bank? Thanks!

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