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#11094200 - 09/10/15 10:02 AM Blue Crab Question
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Registered: 08/07/14
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Loc: Collin County
I'll be down in Rockport in a couple of weeks doing a little fishing. Nothing big, just a mini vacation for myself. I'm staying in a place with a pier and will do most of my fishing from there.
While I'm there, I'm going to put out a crab trap to see if I can get a few blue crabs big enough to keep.
My question is: What's the best way to keep them for a couple of days until I can get them back home?
Can I put them in the refrigerator for a couple of days or should I freeze them, keep them on ice...?
If I thought that someone wouldn't walk away with my trap, I would just cull the small ones out and leave the legal ones in the trap. However, I believe that my trap would disappear if I left it out all the time.

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#11094236 - 09/10/15 10:17 AM Re: Blue Crab Question [Re: Beer Money]
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The best way to keep crabs alive is by keeping them cool and damp.

I put the crabs in an ice chest with an open drain. Cover the crabs with a burlap bag, piece of soft foam or an old piece of carpet. Periodically I sprinkle ice chest on top of the burlap. The ice melts cool water and it trickles down over the crabs keeping them cool but not cold. Make sure you put a block under the ice chest so all the water drains out the plug. Otherwise the buildup of un-aerated water will actually kill them.

Usually good for 2 or 3 days sometimes longer. I hope this helps.

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#11095075 - 09/10/15 04:06 PM Re: Blue Crab Question [Re: Beer Money]
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Thanks glennkoks. Can you freeze them when they are alive and keep them frozen until you cook them?

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#11095153 - 09/10/15 04:40 PM Re: Blue Crab Question [Re: Beer Money]
Pat Goff Offline
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Not really, they get mushy when you do that.
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#11095159 - 09/10/15 04:42 PM Re: Blue Crab Question [Re: Beer Money]
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Thanks, Pat.

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