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2012 stone crab season

Veggo Oct 19, 2012 03:57 PM

This is the first week of the season, I did my customary wharf rat Q&A today on the docks. Catches and weights are good, but mediums are $20/ lb, large/jumbos are $25? Two years ago during a poor season they were $14.

I want to support my local fishing industry, but at those prices, include me out.

  1. deet13 Oct 19, 2012 04:10 PM

    Where was that at?

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    1. re: deet13
      Veggo Oct 19, 2012 04:16 PM

      Star Fish in Cortez. Same obnoxious prices at A. P. Bell next door, same ownership.

      1. re: Veggo
        deet13 Oct 19, 2012 04:32 PM

        That's too bad,

        I'm going to Cox's Seafood tomorrow afternoon. I'll check their prices, but I'm willing to bet that they're probably going to be the same (if not more).

        I just got done talking to the guys over at Lobster Haven, they have the Mediums for 15.99, Larges for 24.99, and Colossal for 29.99.

        1. re: deet13
          Veggo Oct 19, 2012 04:39 PM

          Let us know, I'll check out Mid Peninsula Seafood in St Pete, but not right away. Walter Bell has always been my best deal. I'll check with Captain Brians in Sarasota, too.

          EDIT: those prices are goofy. I know that a lot of stone crabs are air-freighted to Vegas, the Saudi Peninsula, and Macau for rich Arab and Asian gamblers who have a recent love fest for stone crabs, so now Floridians don't get to eat their home grown food.

          1. re: Veggo
            deet13 Oct 19, 2012 04:48 PM

            Will do...

            If I can get a good price for claws at Cox's, then I'll be off to Cigar City to fill up a couple of growlers of Florida Cracker White Ale, and then it's be back to the house to fire up a boil. Plus I have about 10lbs of blue crabs and other goodies we caught flat fishing last week.

            1. re: deet13
              Veggo Oct 19, 2012 04:55 PM

              Nice. I'm making do with Apalachicola fried oysters and smoked mullet, no complaints.

              1. re: Veggo
                deet13 Oct 23, 2012 01:08 PM

                It was $13.95 per lb for medium sized claws over at Cox Seafood Market. I forgot what the rest of the prices were...

                I picked up about 8 claws per lb, and got a few lbs for the steamer.

            2. re: Veggo
              RibDog Oct 20, 2012 10:20 AM

              Mid-Peninsula showed a one pound dinner of stone crab claws for $20.99 on their FB page and claws available for $16.99 per lb.

              1. re: Veggo
                ospreycove Oct 21, 2012 08:51 AM

                Veggo, First how was your visit to, the land of cigars? I think I saw Stone Crab Claws at "Maggie's Seafood" at the Sarasota Saturday MFarmer's Market for $17.50 Med/lb and large $20.50, not sure though as I was not buying them and just saw the price on the board. Very surprised at A. P's prices, Am going there this week for Black or Yellow edge Grouper.

                1. re: ospreycove
                  Veggo Oct 21, 2012 09:05 AM

                  Grouper looked good at Star and Bell, as did the pompano. Bell doesn't filet any more so it's whole fish only. Right now I'm snacking on the remainder of my smoked mullet dip.
                  Re: the land of cigars, nearly everything I saw was laughably counterfeit, but I was not on a mission for the real deal.

        2. Jimonthebeach Oct 26, 2012 11:01 AM

          Try Ward's Seafood up in Clearwater. They put $3 off coupons in the beach newspapers for Thursdays I think.

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