Catching blue crabs

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Catching Blue Crabs

The crabs are back!! After two years of nothing but frustration off the Gulf coast of Florida, we finally got into the crabs. Final count was 60 which made for a nice crab feast. Some cleaned some steamed whole.  20150512_170018I prefer steaming the crabs whole with 1 part water, 1 part apple cider vinegar, and 1 part beer.  I like to layer the crabs in the steamer with a lot of old bay seasoning between each layer. Just put them in the steamer after it starts to boil and wait 15 minutes and it is game on. Cleaning the crabs first makes for faster eating but I think you loose some flavor doing it that way plus you miss out on the fat in the crab as it washes away if you clean them before steaming. Also, to help out with the frustration of not getting enough crab meat fast enough, throw some sausages into the crab boil.

The girls helped Granddad clean the crabs which made the trip worth the while. PART_1431452190018




We used crab traps as well as waited for the tide to go out and netted several with a flashlight and crab net. One interesting thing I discovered after walking back and forth in the same area and picking up new crabs is that crabs bury themselves in the sand quite quickly. I happened to see one half buried and then noticed several burying  themselves as soon as they saw me.

PART951431452077284On the next trip we are going to take the shrimp nets as we saw several in the grass while crabbing. A shrimp and crab boil sounds like nirvana to me.

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8 thoughts on “Catching blue crabs”

  1. Mark,

    I love your site! I am a sucker for family topics. Although you have a fishing and hunting site your passion for that and your family is clear.

    I am moving to Oregon in a few weeks. I might have to get some fishing tips from you. We are moving to a house right on a major river there.

    I have not really fished and lived the hunting life, but I am excited to experience it.

    Thank you,


    1. Thanks for your comment Adam. You are correct, my passion is God, family, and then hunting and fishing. Would be glad to help you out in getting started with hunting and fishing. Be careful though, it is very addictive, but in a good way.

  2. Hi Mark,
    I also enjoy fishing when I get a chance. My favorite is sea fishing either on a boat or a bridge. I never went crab fishing but it sure sounds like fun. Thanks for the tips!

  3. What a great site. I have not attempted at catching my own seafood or fish yet, but boy do I love munching on them. I have to do some research on doing something like this in my area. It sure seems like fun, especially hunting for crabs. Thanks for sharing! I’ll be back!

  4. Hi Mark,
    Wow, that’s a lot of crabs! Never really thought of using beer for the steaming. Good idea. Will give this a try for one of my crab dinner tonight 🙂 Thank you

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