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Crabbing West Coast style
« on: November 20, 2018, 04:51:43 PM »
Our Dungeness crab season opened a couple weeks ago. We have been eating fresh crab a least once a week since it opened. Dungee's have a sweet crab flavor and I'll combine a trip with some cod fishing while the pots soak if the ocean conditions allow for it. We are allowed 10 each in possession, so with a 20 crab haul between my wife and I, we'll drop some off to my and her mother. The commercial season usually starts  a couple weeks after the recreational so getting all we can before they caret bomb the entire coast with their gear, we get while the getting is good. Fresh crab during the holidays is a tradition I like to keep going,,,gregg
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Re: Crabbing Wesy Coast style
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2018, 05:00:54 PM »
That reminds me of the time I was scuba diving off Malibu for halibut during the 80s. To hunt for halibut is very boring, you swim endlessly about five feet off the bottom which is nothing but sand with a spear gun in my hand (yes Catblaster I owned a speargun). After about an hour of seeing nothing I saw a king crab walking on the bottom coming towards me. He was about a foot in diameter. He had his pincers up above his head waving them at me trying to scare me off. I almost choked to death laughing. He was serious. He was going to get me. I swam over him, hung a u-turn and put him in my goodie bag, no gun needed. Tasted great. :))

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Re: Crabbing West Coast style
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2018, 05:15:02 PM »
Great story and pictures.  Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Crabbing West Coast style
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2018, 05:48:42 PM »
There are no crabs other than Dungeness. The rest are just bland tasting ugly little sea creatures!  ;) ;D  (Born on the West Coast, no bias whatsoever)
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Re: Crabbing West Coast style
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2018, 06:27:39 PM »
You have never had a Maryland Blue Crab.
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Re: Crabbing West Coast style
« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2018, 06:30:05 PM »
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There are no crabs other than Dungeness. The rest are just bland tasting ugly little sea creatures!


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Re: Crabbing West Coast style
« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2018, 04:07:56 AM »
You have never had a Maryland Blue Crab.


I have actually. It's good, if you can't get Dungeness  ;)
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Re: Crabbing West Coast style
« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2018, 04:35:23 AM »
We caught some in Netarts Bay, Oregon, it was fun, until the extraction of the meat!
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Re: Crabbing West Coast style
« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2018, 05:02:02 AM »
it was fun, until the extraction of the meat!


The body meat can be fiddly but it's worth it. If you take a chef's knife and cut the body on the segments it makes it easier.


How did you catch them?
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Re: Crabbing West Coast style
« Reply #9 on: November 21, 2018, 05:13:04 AM »
How many of those are needed to make a meal for, say, a big eater?
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Re: Crabbing West Coast style
« Reply #10 on: November 21, 2018, 05:33:21 AM »

The body meat can be fiddly but it's worth it. If you take a chef's knife and cut the body on the segments it makes it easier.


How did you catch them?
Rented a boat and stuck my toe in the water.....
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Re: Crabbing West Coast style
« Reply #11 on: November 21, 2018, 05:34:42 AM »
How many of those are needed to make a meal for, say, a big eater?
Not many! Lots of meat. We caught about half a dozen and made 3 meals, one of which served 4...

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Re: Crabbing West Coast style
« Reply #12 on: November 21, 2018, 05:52:58 AM »
My version of "The Perfect California Dinner":
  • Dungeness crab with side of mayo to dip
  • Steamed artichokes, again with side of mayo (it's a West Coast thing)
  • Fresh, crusty San Francisco sourdough
  • California Chardonnay
Bonus: eaten on a pier overlooking The Bay

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Re: Crabbing West Coast style
« Reply #13 on: November 21, 2018, 09:05:36 AM »
You have never had a Maryland Blue Crab.

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Re: Crabbing West Coast style
« Reply #14 on: November 21, 2018, 09:14:21 AM »
My version of "The Perfect California Dinner":
  • Dungeness crab with side of mayo to dip
  • Steamed artichokes, again with side of mayo (it's a West Coast thing)
  • Fresh, crusty San Francisco sourdough
  • California Chardonnay
Bonus: eaten on a pier overlooking The Bay

Ya baby!  :D

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Skip the crab and put in abalone.

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« Reply #15 on: November 21, 2018, 10:17:11 AM »
Dipped in mayo?  Ya'll don't eat them right. 

My mom always dipped artichokes in mayo but she was a CA girl by birth.  Not like she could help it.  Lol.
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Re: Crabbing West Coast style
« Reply #16 on: November 21, 2018, 10:26:38 AM »
I love seafood, but here in Minnesoooota it's hard to find fresh.  Of course we have Walleye, and it's good, but crab, now that's what I love.
We've eaten crab on both costs as well as Alaska.  All of it's good!  Oysters are good too.  I even like mud bugs and shrimp.

A Maryland crab boil is heavily infused with Old Bay Seafood Seasoning. Yum.  Try it on shrimp.  Get some shrimp still in the shell.  Steam them
in Old Bay and have some cocktail sauce ready.  Here's a hint, there is a recipe on the side of the Old Bay can for shrimp.  It calls for Old Bay,
vinegar, salt, and water.  Double the Old Bay and substitute beer for the water.  That's also how I fix Blue Crab whenever I can get them.

Now I'm hungry.

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Re: Crabbing West Coast style
« Reply #17 on: November 21, 2018, 10:28:21 AM »
Dipped in mayo?  Ya'll don't eat them right. 

My mom always dipped artichokes in mayo but she was a CA girl by birth.  Not like she could help it.  Lol.

Are artichokes really food? LOL.  My DW made me eat some once.  OK, they weren't that bad, just a lot of work.
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Re: Crabbing West Coast style
« Reply #18 on: November 21, 2018, 10:31:31 AM »
Skip the crab and put in abalone.
Oh, the memories.  Abalone dinner and a first-rate show at Harrah's Lake Tahoe for twenty bucks.  Yummm.

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« Reply #19 on: November 21, 2018, 10:35:28 AM »
I have never had Abalone.  Whenever I was on the west coast there was a shortage.
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Re: Crabbing West Coast style
« Reply #20 on: November 21, 2018, 10:55:46 AM »
The perfect Oregon dinner... Fresh caught crabs and clam chowder on Bastendorf beach in Coos Bay with a campfire and good friends.
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Re: Crabbing West Coast style
« Reply #21 on: November 21, 2018, 11:03:19 AM »
Years ago I went crabbing from the south jetty in Florence Or. using old fish guts for bait and caught a chicken hind quarter.  :o

Looked into the water and saw a couple of scuba divers looking up laughing. I gave the chicken back to the guy whose bait they had taken.
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« Reply #22 on: November 21, 2018, 11:42:55 AM »
Years ago I went crabbing from the south jetty in Florence Or. using old fish guts for bait and caught a chicken hind quarter.  :o

Looked into the water and saw a couple of scuba divers looking up laughing. I gave the chicken back to the guy whose bait they had taken.
We were given nets with chicken pieces attached with wire, the crabs loved it.
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Re: Crabbing West Coast style
« Reply #23 on: November 21, 2018, 11:51:49 AM »
Dipped in mayo?  Ya'll don't eat them right. 

My mom always dipped artichokes in mayo but she was a CA girl by birth.  Not like she could help it.  Lol.


Don't eed mayo on a Chesapeake Blue to get good taste. And I'm not sure where that crab boil stuff came from. Probably Martha Stewart or some out of stater. Nobody from Maryland or Delmarva would ever boil a crab. Steamed, a bit... of beer in the water, some Old Bay, or my favorite Wye River.. food fit to eat.
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Re: Crabbing West Coast style
« Reply #24 on: November 21, 2018, 11:54:46 AM »
We have a flock of chickens and they have become "expendable" now that we starting RVing.  There is a guy in Boring (Oregon) who will take then and "finish them off" in a way that makes ideal crab bate.  I believe he ensures they are frozen with much of the blood still in them.  It is kind of gross - but all in a good cause.

We are going to Florence this weekend - Sea Perch is one of our favorite places.  Right on the beach. 

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« Reply #25 on: November 21, 2018, 12:58:10 PM »
I have never had Abalone.  Whenever I was on the west coast there was a shortage.
You can tell from the price of dinner and a show that those were the "good ol' days".  Now you have to dive for them yourself, peel them off the rocks, or have a friendly neighbor who will share.  So good!

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« Reply #26 on: November 21, 2018, 01:27:52 PM »
I have never had Abalone.  Whenever I was on the west coast there was a shortage.
I used to do a lot of abalone diving in the 80s. Abalone is better than lobster.

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Re: Crabbing West Coast style
« Reply #27 on: November 21, 2018, 02:05:40 PM »
I never had any crab that wasn't from the Pacific, but I can tell you that Dungeness are always highly regarded by those that have had crab from the Gulf and east coast. We just finished the last of my catch from Monday's trip. The commercial's are on hold for a couple more weeks due to low meat content from crabs caught in test pots by the state fish and game. The area I'm crabbing have had full body crab, after crabs molt and grow a bigger shell, it takes a few weeks for them to fill out. Abalone has been hit hard by red tides and the problem with people poaching and selling to the black market, easily sold china town in SF. Now the entire state has a closure till further notice, which I feel it'll never be back open for us sport divers. Abalone has got be the best eating seafood there is. I don't think I have seen anyone not like it, including people that I had try it that swore they hated any seafood or fish. Cooperhawk, I have taken abalone back to the family on trips, they all loved it. I have also brought back to Ca. Walleye caught in Lake of the Woods on many of my trips, that is top shelf eating right there. We don't have Walleye here, and guys I tell about it don't understand how a lake fish can be right up there with fresh seafood. My sister and brother miss the good Mexican food we have where I live. Its amazing how the difference's from different parts of the country the food taste,,,gregg

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Re: Crabbing West Coast style
« Reply #28 on: November 21, 2018, 04:46:54 PM »
Our delight in traveling is trying all the local cuisine around the country.  I would love to try Abalone someday.  I lived in Maryland and Virginia for almost twenty years and really got hooked on steamed crabs and shrimp.  The oysters were really good there as well. 

Now in Minnesoooota ,(the land of 10,000 taxes), Walleye is the fish to eat.  It's really a sweet tasting white flesh fish if you take the skin off, but a Fish Boil in northern Wisconsin with native White Fish is pretty darn good as well.  OK, then there are smelt and herring out of the Great Lakes.  Hey they're good too.

When I lived out east it was hard to find good grain fed beef steaks.  They have everyone brainwashed that grass fed or range beef is better.  No, no, hell no!  Here in the Midwest that's all we eat.  Really good.

Then we Winter sometimes in Texas and I find that seafood out of Galveston Bay is spectacular.  Really good shrimp.  We feast on fresh seafood while we're down there.  Oh, and then there are the Craydads.  I have grown very fond of them.

But then let's not forget the BBQ.  Man, Texas has some good BBQ, but so does Memphis.   Oh wait, forgot about Carolina BBQ.

Damn, I'm hungry.
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