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Old 02-26-2011, 10:28 AM   #11
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Crab man got crabs???
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Old 02-26-2011, 10:53 AM   #12
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Crab man got crabs???
Not yet. Hard crab season opens March 17 in Va, weather permitting!
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Old 02-26-2011, 11:12 AM   #13
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Not yet. Hard crab season opens March 17 in Va, weather permitting!
Is that in honor of Saint Patrick ?

And the crabs are somewhat green in places too. Very fitting.
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Old 03-02-2011, 02:53 PM   #14
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This is a pic of "The Crabhouse", lying dormant for the Winter. Crab shedding operations like this which are accessible only by boat are becoming increasingly rare, and used to be the norm. This one is about 45 yrs old, I`ve had it since 1982. Crabs used to be held in floats in the water which was much more labor intensive. Today crabs are held in 4'x8' tanks with water being pumped to them 24/7 until they shed and become soft. We have 55 such tanks, 5 rows of 11. I wish I had some digital pics of the aftermath of Hurricane Floyd in 1999 and Gloria in 1985. The water was up to the window level. Tanks, wire, pipe and docking, etc was sent up the creek by the storm surge. Pumps went under water while still running. It looked like a bomb was dropped there. We found tanks washed up in a Farmers field, some still had crabs in them! What a mess, I shudder to think about it. But we always rebuild and carry on...
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Bummer we had to postpone our trip back to Va this spring! It would have been kewl to check out your neck-o-the-woods to see this stuff first hand. Maybe some day still....
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Steamed hard crabs hot out of the kettle and REAL crab cakes made with REAL crabmeat, not that cheesy imported stuff, are my favorite seafoods. Last Memorial day and Labor Day we had crab feasts while camping with our friends in nearby Pocomoke River State Park (only about 30 miles South of Salisbury). I supplied the crabs and they supplied the fixins and beer. It don`t get any better then that! -Lee
Crabman - let me know next time you are over this way and I will supply all the beer you need in exchange for crabs....only problem is I am not sure about those crabs from the Mississippi River....
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Old 03-03-2011, 04:52 PM   #17
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Crabman - let me know next time you are over this way and I will supply all the beer you need in exchange for crabs....only problem is I am not sure about those crabs from the Mississippi River....

Sounds good. If we drink enough beer first, we won`t care where the crabs came from!
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Good point! Though we need some crawfish and hushpuppies as an appetizer if you get this far....
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This is a pic of "The Crabhouse", lying dormant for the Winter. Crab shedding operations like this which are accessible only by boat are becoming increasingly rare, and used to be the norm. This one is about 45 yrs old, I`ve had it since 1982. Crabs used to be held in floats in the water which was much more labor intensive. Today crabs are held in 4'x8' tanks with water being pumped to them 24/7 until they shed and become soft. We have 55 such tanks, 5 rows of 11. I wish I had some digital pics of the aftermath of Hurricane Floyd in 1999 and Gloria in 1985. The water was up to the window level. Tanks, wire, pipe and docking, etc was sent up the creek by the storm surge. Pumps went under water while still running. It looked like a bomb was dropped there. We found tanks washed up in a Farmers field, some still had crabs in them! What a mess, I shudder to think about it. But we always rebuild and carry on...

I`m seeing a lot of this place right now. Oh well. You got to make hay when the sun shines.
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Steamed Chesapeake Bay Crabs with Old Bay you can't beat em.
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