CA Dungeness crab season (recreational) began 11/2, commercial starts 11/15, good catch expected
"Last season's commercial catch was the highest on record since 1915, when it was 1.1 million pounds, Kalvass [a senior environmental scientist with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife] said. Based on the two previous seasons that had good catches, the department estimates this year will be similar."
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I went out on a charter boat this past Sunday and although the crabs were hard and full of meat, the numbers were definitely down from opening weekends of 2011 and 2012. In those years, the pots were averaging ~40 crabs each, while Sunday's produced around 18-20. But the crabs were tasty though.
Tom Stienstra's column in the Chronicle sports page yesterday reported very good catches last weekend.
Tonight my freind is bringing me two crabs caught off Half Moon Bay and cooked Sunday.First crab of the season for me.
Any recs on good places to get good dungeness crab, that's not a completely seafood restaurant? My fiancee loves dungeness, but I really don't like seafood at all (she isn't huge on fish/seafood either, except for dungeness and some others), so a place with other good options would be great. Also, the restaurant can't smell fishy - it ruins the taste of my food for me.
Bay Area News Group photo: "Thousands of crab pots fill a parking lot at Pillar Point Harbor, in Half Moon Bay, Calif., on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013. Fishermen are getting ready for the commercial Dungeness crab season, which gets underway Nov. 15.(John Green/Bay Area News Group) ( JOHN GREEN )"
Fisherman Larry Collins, after viewing a sample catch, said the crabs were "...big, they've heavy, they're full of fat. I don't how about quantity, but the quality is the best I've seen in a while."
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