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crab season opens November 15

Cynsa Nov 2, 2009 07:23 PM

watch the crab pots - http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/...

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    saffrongold Nov 2, 2009 08:47 PM

    I really wonder if the most recent leak that wiped out the herring will affect the crab.

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    1. re: saffrongold
      Robert Lauriston Nov 3, 2009 07:53 AM

      The crabs don't come from the Bay.

      1. re: Robert Lauriston
        OldTimer Nov 3, 2009 08:05 AM

        There are indeed crabs in the bay, but it is illegal to take them.

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          Robert Lauriston Nov 3, 2009 08:10 AM

          Right, that's why they come from the coast. The ones in the Bay aren't full-grown.

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            saffrongold Nov 3, 2009 12:22 PM

            Thank you both for the education. Next stop, bib and drawn butter.

            1. re: saffrongold
              baron45 Nov 6, 2009 09:45 PM

              I was hoping to go on a charter boat for the crab combo trip on the sportfishing opener on 11/7, but the high swells forced the boats to cancel. Will try again later in the week but ahead of the commercial opener.

              1. re: baron45
                Cynsa Nov 7, 2009 06:11 AM

                does your charter depart from Emeryville? I've fished salmon and rockfish but never the crab combo... what a bonus!

                1. re: Cynsa
                  baron45 Nov 7, 2009 07:31 AM

                  No, I am going out of HMB this year. Unfortunately, the rockfish season closed this year on Oct 31 in our area (i.e. Farallon Islands) so the Emeryville boats are doing crab/sand dab combo trips instead. The HMB boats still have til Nov 15 to go for rockfish south of Pigeon Pt.

                  1. re: baron45
                    Bunson Nov 7, 2009 09:55 AM

                    Any early reports on how the season is starting out? I know last year was a really bad year for dungeness from the get-go and stayed slow all year.

                    1. re: Bunson
                      ML8000 Nov 7, 2009 11:41 AM

                      I read recently that it'll be 2 or so years before things pick up again (bigger crabs, larger catches, longer season) since crab yields are cyclical.

                    2. re: baron45
                      Cynsa Nov 7, 2009 12:49 PM

                      me, too... I went out at Pillar Point Harbor - but not this season :^(

                      Pillar Point Harbor
                      Princeton Avenue (at Broadway Street), Pillar Point HBR Half Moon Bay, CA

                      1. re: Cynsa
                        baron45 Nov 13, 2009 05:06 PM

                        I went out Wednesday and we had limits of crab (6 per person) for 27 people on board the Tigerfish. Most of the crab were decent sized but only a few jumbos. The pots were averaging about a dozen crab each.

                        1. re: baron45
                          Cynsa Nov 14, 2009 08:39 AM

                          and how are you eating/cookin' these lively beauties? do you have crab tales to share with us?

                          1. re: Cynsa
                            baron45 Nov 14, 2009 11:40 AM

                            Boiled all 6 as soon as I got home. Cooked some of them Chinese-style that night, i.e. stir-fried w/ ginger, green onions, garlic, soy sauce, etc. The others were plain with fresh lemon & cocktail sauce. Tasty both ways.

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                              Cynsa Nov 14, 2009 12:02 PM

                              Thank you - love the photos!

                              1. re: Cynsa
                                baron45 Nov 14, 2009 03:49 PM

                                Cynsa, here's some video footage of the crabbing action. Not quite Deadliest Catch, but the crabs taste good.


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                                  Cynsa Nov 14, 2009 04:36 PM

                                  this is way cool - Dungeness Crab & Rockfish Combo Trip on the Tigerfish 11/11/2009 - I can feel the ocean spray and smell the sea -
                                  ♥ the video!

              2. re: Robert Lauriston
                saffrongold Nov 13, 2009 06:41 AM

                I read this in the Chronicle today: "Crabs are produced on a four- to seven-year cycle, meaning that depending on potential affects in the future of two recent oil spills into the San Francisco Bay, crabs should be produced in greater quantities again.
                It's hard to tell what affects the 2007 Cosco Busan oil spill and another, smaller one at the end of October will have on crabs. Grader said the juvenile crabs would be most affected by the oil, and it will take a few years for them to mature."

                1. re: saffrongold
                  Robert Lauriston Nov 13, 2009 12:01 PM

                  "Crabs leave the Bay after approximately 1 year ..."


                  More than you probably want to know about these creatures:


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          DavidT Nov 15, 2009 07:22 AM

          Article on prospects for the crab season in today's SF Chronicle:


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            DavidT Nov 16, 2009 09:05 AM

            Additional article on crab season:


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              baron45 Nov 17, 2009 04:30 PM

              The boat I went on last week for sport-crabbing is now doing commercial crabbing. They are going to be selling at Pillar Pt for $5 a pound to the public on the dates posted on their website. I'm sure there will also be a few other boats selling crab as well as some fresh fish.


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