OLD SCHOOL BUBBA & BLUE CRABS BACIS-101

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Old School Blue Crab Close Up
Callinectes sapidus
(GIBSONTON OLD SCHOOL BLUE CRABS)
 A decapod crustacean of the family Portunidae, which includes the swimming crabs. It is easily identified by its body color which is generally a bright blue along the frontal area, especially along the chelipeds. The remainder of the body is shaded an olive brown color. As with other Portunids, the fifth leg is adapted to a paddle-like shape to accommodate swimming.  Females may be identified due to their triangular or rounded aprons and red fingers on the chelaem & ( MAKE UP, NAIL POLISH & PROPENSIRY FOR JEWERLY) Locomotion (1962 pop song written by American songwriters Gerry Goffin and Carole King)  C. sapidus, like other Portunid crabs is an active swimmer, with its last pair of walking legs adapted to a paddle-like shape to accommodate swimming.
Run Forest Run
It also has three pairs of walking legs, and a powerful set of chelae. Blue crabs are highly mobile, but are more active during daylight hours than in the evenings. They are able to move from 0-140 meters per hour, with an average of 15.5 m/hr. (22 CITY & 38 HWY. MPG) The total distance traversed per day for these crabs is approximately 215 meters. Reproduction- in Florida, spawning occurs from February to October, with peak spawning occurring from March through September. In the Gulf of Mexico, 2 spawning periods are common: one in February and March, and one in August and September. Unlike males, female blue crabs mate only one time in their lives, (DOUBLE STANDARDS ARE PREVELENT IN ALL SPECIES) following the terminal, or pubertal molt. When approaching this molt, females release a pheromone in their urine which attracts males.
Yes they do have claws & YES it hurts
  This is the human equivilant of (“HEY BIG BOY COME HERE OFTEN”)  Male crabs vie for females and will protect them until molting occurs. It is at this time that mating occurs. Mating may last as long as 5-12 hours. Blue crabs are highly fecund, with females producing from 2 - 8 million eggs per spawn. Eggs are brooded 14-17 days, during which time females migrate to the mouths of estuaries so that larvae may be released into high salinity waters. C. sapidus larvae have a salinity requirement of at least 20 ppt., and show poor survival below this threshold.
Growth occurs at temperatures from 15 -30 °C, but is prevented at temperatures below 10°C. A hibernative state is induced in blue crabs at temperatures below 5°C. Salinity:
The larvae of C.
Blue crab OverEasy
sapidus have a salinity requirement of at least 20 ppt.; however, as these crabs grow, they are increasingly euryhaline. Both juvenile and adult blue crabs are able to inhabit fresh water areas, as well as highly saline habitats; thus salinity is not a major limiting factor in growth, molting or reproduction.

Predation by blue crabs aids in regulation of marine bivalve populations in shallow, unvegetated soft and hard bottomcommunities.Blue crabs prefer mollusks such as oysters (Crassostrea virginica) and hard clams (Mercenaria mercenaria) as their primary food sources, though older juveniles and adults sometimes incorporate some plant material such as Ulva, eelgrass, and Spartina into the diet. Foraging behavior is preceded by increases in gill bailing, antennule movement and flexion of the mouthparts .
Yes the BATH Water is Ready
The dactyls of the anterior walking legs are used to probe the substrate for buried bivalves, and to manipulate them after they are located. Predators on blue crabs include fish as well as other blue crabs. The major fish predators on blue crabs include the Black Drum (Pogonias cromis), Red Drum (Scianops ocellata), the American Eel (anguilla rostrata), and the American Croaker (Micropogonias undulatus). Competitors:
Competitors of blue crabs are generally other crustaceans. Callinectes similis and C. ornatus occur with C. sapidus in the Old School Canel and are thus closely related competitors. Panopeus herbstii, Menippe mercenaria and Carcinus maenas also compete for resources with blue crabs. Habitat:
There is some evidence for habitat partitioning by blue crabs in terms of sex, size and molt stage.
I Only Need 3 More For Crab SHala
Males predominantly utilize the head waters of rivers in Gibsonton, FLORIDA and molt inside tidal creeks. Further, of the crabs collected within these creeks, those collected upstream tend to be in premolt stage, while those collected downstream tended to be in postmolt stage


 
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission

http://www.floridaconservation.org/marine/recreational/
recbluecrab.htm
Blue Crab Limits No Females With Eggs   No Size Limit   10 Gallons of Whole Blue Crabs Per Person, Per Day         Blue Crab Allowable Harvesting Gear §  Maximum of 5 blue crab traps per person as described in the summary of blue crab trapping rules below §  dip or landing net §  drop net §  fold up trap with a square base panel no larger than one foot square §  hook and line §  push scrape §  trotline Blue Crab Trapping Rules Five trap maximum per person  Buoy must have a legible “R” at least two inches high, permanently affixed to it.
Are you sure Bubba went this way?
Buoys are not required if trap is fished from a dock.   Trap shall have harvesters name and address permanently affixed to it in legible letters.
Traps must be pulled manually (not by a trap puller). Any vessel that is rigged with a trap puller will be considered a commercial vessel and the appropriate licenses will be required.
Traps must be pulled only during daylight hours.
Traps must not be placed in navigational channels of the intracoastal waterways, or in navigational channels maintained and marked by any county, municipal, state or federal governmental agency. 
 No harvest allowed with any trap out of state waters (seaward of nine nautical miles from shore on the Gulf of Mexico or seaward of three nautical miles from shore on the Atlantic Ocean).
Tower we have a Bubba Sighting

A Florida recreational fishing license is required to harvest blue crabs under the recreational fishing regulations.
Blue crab trap specifications are the same for recreational and commercial harvesters. Trap specifications may be found in Rule 68B-45.004, Florida Administrative Code.  Female blue crabs may be harvested lawfully if they are not bearing eggs. Although it is lawful to keep non-egg bearing female blue crabs, it is a conservation practice to release them unharmed. There has been evidence that the females support the population of the species. Male crabs are capable of mating several times, but females are only able to mate once, after they mature. If a juvenile female is harvested, there will be no chance that she will be able to reproduce.
Bubba where you been Dude?
Additionally, mature females may store sperm in their bodies for several months after mating in order to spawn at a later date. If a mature female is harvested, though she may not exhibit eggs, there is no certainty that she has spawned. Releasing female blue crabs enhances reproductive capacity and population renewal.  Old School Crab Boil You simply throw the live crabs in big pot of boiling water that has been seasoned to taste, everyone has their own secret receipt.   Depending on the size of the crabs, it will take between 6 and 10 minutes for them to cook thoroughly.  It’s more a question of whether the meat is underdone, overdone, or cooked just right. For blue crabs, six minutes is adequate.   If you want to clean the crabs before you cook them, you can kill them by tossing them into boiling water for 30 seconds or by cutting with a knife just behind the eyes to remove the head.
Bubba my Butts cold can I borrow a towel
Next, scrape out the gills that are found under flaps just over the legs. Then, turn the crab over. On the underbelly you will find the "tail" or "apron," a slightly-lifted triangular flap. Pull this off. Finally, rinse the crab and pop it back into the pot to finish cooking.
Blue Crab Eating should be an adventure.  I feel strongly that sometimes you should be willing to spend as much money for a great home-cooked meal as you for an average restaurant meal.  When the crabs cooked, the fun begins. Bibs or aprons or old clothes you don’t care about are best.  Nutcrackers or small mallets and nut picks are useful.  Anything that will bust the shell will work shoes, cans of peaches, tire iron, whatever you have handy.  Put newspaper on the picnic table about 3 or 4 layers thick.
How many?
  When you’re done put the crab carcass filled newspapers in a double garbage bag & clean up is done, TADA.  First, twist off the crab’s "apron," the small flap on the underside, and discard. Next, with the crab upside down, press down on one side of the top shell and pull up on the center and leg sections with the other hand until they come apart. Remove the gills from each side and discard. Twist off the legs and claws, take the mallet, and have at it. Melted butter, lemon, and or tartar sauce are perfect accompaniments.
Old School Fancy Crab Shala
1/2 bell pepper, diced with seeds
1/4 onion (any variety), diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 bay leaves
1 bottle (8 oz (224 gram) olive oil
2 cans (8 oz (224 gram) of tomato sauce
1 can (8 oz (224 gram) of tomato puree
1 lemon
salt and lemon pepper to taste
12 large live blue crabs
1 box (1 lb) spaghetti Place the crabs in hot water to kill them.
HAAAAA Bubba
It can be in the kitchen sink. You may also put them in the freezer for about an hour. Pull of the back of the crab off and take out the insides. (Anything that is not white.) This can be done by shaking the crab over the garbage and the rinsing with running water. The meat should be left in the crabs. Remove the last joint on all the legs except the claws. Squeeze the lemon over the cleaned crabs (open side up). Sauté the bell pepper (and seeds), onion and garlic in 1/2 of the olive oil. When the bell pepper, onion and garlic are slightly tender add the tomato sauce, tomato puree and the bay leaves. Season with salt and lemon pepper to taste. Bring to a simmer and reduce heat. Once the sauce is simmering, add the crabs open side down.  Cook on low to medium heat for about 20 minutes or until the crab legs are bright red.
Bubba who the Gators playing these week?
Prepare spaghetti according to directions on package adding remainder of olive oil to water. Serve spaghetti and crabs with sauce over them.   Goes great with your favorite adult beverage! Old School Do-It-Yourself Blue Crabbing
You can also catch Old School crabs without a trap & Bubba knowing anything about it. Simply tie a piece of bait to a string or a piece of fishing line and toss it in the water. Leave it there for a while and then very gently start to pull the line in very slowly. When you feel some resistance that means there is a crab holding on to what they think is an easy meal.   Easy does it, remember go SLOW.  When you can see the crab, slip a long handled dip net under your future meal and scoop quickly.  The bait used to catch your crabs is not something for people with squeamish stomachs.
I can't wait till Dec. 6th
Crabs are scavengers and they will eat just about anything. Old School uses fish heads, dead mullet, chicken backs, necks, liver, leftovers anything odoriferous you can tie a string to.
gejah says:
it is a very educative blog, but sometimes difficult for me, because my english is not from a standard that high. I have to learn more!! But it was nice!
Posted on: Nov 23, 2008
Sweetski says:
Thanks for the lessons Bill! At what time can I come to dinner? :)
Posted on: Nov 23, 2008
tvillingmarit says:
Happy to say, I don`t eat crabs
Posted on: Nov 23, 2008
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Old School Blue Crab Close Up
Old School Blue Crab Close Up
Run Forest Run
Run Forest Run
Yes they do have claws & YES it hu…
Yes they do have claws & YES it h…
Blue crab OverEasy
Blue crab OverEasy
Yes the BATH Water is Ready
Yes the BATH Water is Ready
I Only Need 3 More For Crab SHala
I Only Need 3 More For Crab SHala
Are you sure Bubba went this way?
Are you sure Bubba went this way?
Tower we have a Bubba Sighting
Tower we have a Bubba Sighting
Bubba where you been Dude?
Bubba where you been Dude?
Bubba my Butts cold can I borrow a…
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How many?
How many?
HAAAAA  Bubba
HAAAAA Bubba
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I cant wait till Dec. 6th
I can't wait till Dec. 6th
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