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got crabs?

Discussion in 'New England' started by scubafisch, Aug 6, 2005.

  1. scubafisch

    scubafisch Guest

    OK, so lobstering is like hanging out at a high school. Fun to look, nothing's legal. However, you can't swing a dead cat underwater without hitting a decent sized crab. Have people considered moving down (well, laterally) the food chain a little bit? Opinions? Experiences? Recipes?
  2. rmead

    rmead Angel Fish

    Don't know about where you are, but you can't crab using scuba here. Did catch one by hand on a dive once.....Don't recommend it.
  3. scubafisch

    scubafisch Guest

    Am I being dense? I live in massachusetts... thought the regulations said I could take crab... better go back and check the books. Thanks.
  4. ScubaNorth

    ScubaNorth Manta Ray

    Yes you can take crabs, yes they are plentiful. Most likely the types you are seeing are too much work for what meat they yeild. Thank you for the tip on high schools, that was a close one.
  5. krustykrab

    krustykrab Nassau Grouper


    I agree... I've gotten some big crabs for friends who really like them and the meat was pretty darn good, but it was a bi*** to extract it. They made crab cakes and they were awesome, but we had to use a hammer to open the super hard shells!!!

    Now sea urchins... that's a different story!!! :wink: See 'uni' at your local sushi establishment!!!

    Not sure where 'rmead' is, but yes, it is fine to take crabs in MA.
  6. RIOceanographer

    RIOceanographer Marine Scientist

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: South Kingstown, RI
  7. Damselfish

    Damselfish Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Boston
    Haven't taken crabs off MA but used to crab in NJ. Even the biggest ones were a ton of work for what you got out of them.
  8. ClassAction

    ClassAction Barracuda

    I used to go crabbing all the time in Jersey, where you can catch blue crabs. Blue crabs are really good, but I agree that they're a lot of work. I caught some crabs in Boston once -- maybe they were rock crabs? They were brownish and on the sides of rocks. Ton of work, little meat, and I don't think they're as good as blue crabs. Maybe there aren't enough chemicals in the water around here?
  9. PAdiver93

    PAdiver93 Barracuda


    WOW, wow!!! Lay off of our chemicals! :wink: The claws from YOUR rock crabs are much better than our Blues - but - Cook without any Old Bay! Plus - if u can't clean the crab in under 20 seconds - don't bother eating them - the best part of the crab will get warm and disgusting... And the best part of the crab? U right - it's beer!

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