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Dungeness Crab 2012 Central Coast

PolarBear Nov 18, 2012 12:00 PM

Any spotted int he Santa Cruz area?

  1. Discerning1 Jan 6, 2013 04:29 PM

    I have a different phone number for Monterey Bay Live Crab, the Gardenia: 831.901.1013.

    1. escargot3 Nov 25, 2012 11:06 PM

      This weekend I was silly with delight -- fresh cooked crab from Staff of Life cost $5.99 a pound.

      Since we were staying at a place without a kitchen, I especially was thrilled that the dude behind the counter offered to clean and crack them. he did a great job. And we enjoyed every morsel. The crabs were FRESH tasting. they were beauties: about 2 pounds each, and sweet tasting.

      1. PolarBear Nov 19, 2012 02:20 PM

        Far West Marine immediately behind Johnny's Harborside in Santa Cruz has the live ones for $4.50/lb.

        493 Lake Ave.
        831-462-9452 (no guarantee they'll answer, get there btw 8:30 AM and noon)

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          Bleacher Dave Nov 19, 2012 11:24 AM

          Moss Landing Harbor fiahing boats contact info. I've purchased crabs from Gardenia on several occasions.

          Wild Fish
          7881 Sandholdt Road, Dock A
          Fishing Vessel "Tina Louise".
          Call for hours and availability.
          Fresh fish, shrimp and live crab.

          Monterey Bay Live Crab
          7881 Sandholdt Road, Dock A
          Fishing Vessel "Gardenia."
          Call for hours and availability.
          Fresh fish and live crab

          5 Replies
          1. re: Bleacher Dave
            Melanie Wong Nov 19, 2012 11:34 AM

            Thanks much for posting contact info, especially the phone numbers. I used to call the Harbor Master to ask if the "crabs for sale" sign was out anywhere and I'm sure the office will be glad to be rid of me! In the past I've bought from the "Beticia", but missed it last season. Still around?

            1. re: Melanie Wong
              Bleacher Dave Nov 19, 2012 03:19 PM

              I don't remember the Beticia from last season. My wife bought them last week; it wasn't off the Gardenia (where we usually buy), but she's not sure of the name of the boat.

              1. re: Melanie Wong
                Bleacher Dave Nov 19, 2012 07:29 PM

                My wife did indeed by those crabs off Beticia.......

                1. re: Bleacher Dave
                  Melanie Wong Nov 23, 2012 10:13 PM

                  Thanks, Dave.

                  A friend brought us some crabs today that he pulled out of the Monterey Bay this morning. They were all under 2 lbs. and the shells still seem a bit on the soft side.

              2. re: Bleacher Dave
                Bleacher Dave Nov 19, 2012 03:20 PM

                The Gardenia boat folks say that they get back to dock about 2 PMish from crabbing.

              3. Melanie Wong Nov 19, 2012 11:08 AM

                Just got my email from Local Catch Community Supported Fishery that says this about the season so far:

                "We expected that we'd be able to make you all thankful for Dungeness crab this week, but it turns out that crab season (which opened last Thursday) has gotten off to a sluggish start. There just don't seem to be that many crabs around quite yet. Fear not... it's very early in a season that lasts until June, so you'll definitely get your crab "fix" before too long. We do have 200 pounds of locally caught Dungeness, which is available first-come, first-served this week on our Web Store - more info below."

                The cooked and cleaned crabs are $14 each.

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                  Bleacher Dave Nov 18, 2012 05:27 PM

                  Got 12 in Moss Landing harbor on Fri. $5 lb. avg 1 1/2 lbs

                  1. emglow101 Nov 18, 2012 02:40 PM

                    I'm going to check tomorrow. I get them from the fish monger at the harbor. Located below Johnny's Harborside. I hope the crab tanks are full. If you want cooked one's most of the stores have them.

                    1. Robert Lauriston Nov 18, 2012 12:45 PM

                      Santa Cruz is discussed on the California board.


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