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Old 02-23-2012, 10:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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With this warm weather I'm thinking that we may see a good early year for these tasty critters. Any thoughts.

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Old 02-23-2012, 12:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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kirk12 hope they will come early too, i would think so,, take care,, ><)))):> ~~~~ ><)))):>
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Old 02-23-2012, 12:07 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Barnegat Bay, NJ, (near Toms River) was loaded with them last summer, I mean loaded, my cousin was hauling them all summer right from his dock he has behind his house, I love em but I actually started getting alittle tired of eating them, every time I went over there I went home with tons! [img]thumb.gif[/img][img]thumb.gif[/img]
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I hope that crab was dead Mo, those suckers are MEAN!! [img]tongue.gif[/img][img]tongue.gif[/img]

EDIT; Silly me, at first I thought you were holding that mean crab in your teeth! [img]surprise1.gif[/img][img]tongue.gif[/img]

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Old 02-23-2012, 12:25 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Besides them tasting great, I find it very relaxing fishing for them.
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Old 02-23-2012, 01:00 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I've seen them as early as mid April when the winter has been mild.
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Old 02-23-2012, 01:48 PM   #8 (permalink)
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From what I remember of blue crab biology, the severity of the winter is one of the prime determinants of the next years abundance. If that's right next summer we should be inundated with them!
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Hope so! They are tasty...
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Old 02-23-2012, 03:22 PM   #10 (permalink)
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2 summers ago we had an amazing run of crabs on the north shore, last year there were a few here and there, during the 90's and up until around 2008 we had none.

Blue crabs have always fascinated me, for all of those years I could never understand how Blackrock CT could be loaded with them while SB, PJ, Mt Sinai, etc would have none. Then within a few years we had tons of them, then last year I only saw a handfull and they were mostly big Jimmys and not alot of small females.

I wonder what the reasons are; natural cycles? temperatures? salinity? water quality? asian/green crabs?
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