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120 Blue Crabs In 120 Minutes Mosquito Lagoon 7/27

Discussion in 'Scalloping, Lobstering, Crabbing, Claiming' started by David Orlando, Aug 4, 2017.


  1. David Orlando

    David Orlando Master Gunner
    Thread Started By

    Let me start off by appologizing for the late report!

    Now that I'm done with that, let me tell you about our first successful crabbing day.

    My wife, Christy, and I took our Pastor's family crabbing for their first time. The Dad was nice enough to stay home with their 7 year old girl so Mom and the 3 teenage boys could leave at 7am for the beach.

    We got our first chicken leg in the water by 8am and caught nothing for the first 30 minutes which was totally disappointing. We tried another spot and caught a couple there so we moved locations. Around 9am someone turned on the crabbing light because we were all chasing down those moving white strings. We were spending more time getting the crabs out of the net than we were waiting for the next bit. At the peak of activity, the runaway chickens had to wait for a clean net. We started throwing back eating size ones at the end trying to bolster our catch with some bigguns. We called it quits crabbing at 11am.

    When we got home and cleaned our crabs, we then realized our zeal was larger than our stomaches. 115 Blue Crabs!!! So we invited the neighbors. 4 teenage boys, 7 seafood loving adults and a couple hours later, we had our fill. Then we picked the rest of the crab resulting in 1.9 lbs of meat that made 16 colossal crab cakes 2 days later!

    It was super awesome! Can't wait to take someone else, because I'm done cleaning them buggers for a while, LOL.

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  2. robthetimekeeper

    robthetimekeeper Seaworthy

    Nice haul! Those look delicious!
     
  3. Goggle Eye

    Goggle Eye Seaman Recruit

    Way to go Dave and crew. Glad you guys loaded up! Great pics...your making me hungry! :good post:
     
  4. Very nice day of crabbing!! Looks delicious!
     
  5. Srfrdave

    Srfrdave Matey

    Wow that's awesome!! Looks great
     
  6. Saltgasm

    Saltgasm Matey

    Slamma Jamma! Nice haul of crab. That will keep your hands busy and dirty. Thanks for the report.
     
  7. bogman102

    bogman102 Seaman

    Just a great report and pictures! They look like good sized crabs too! The picture with the one in the net looks good sized!
    Were you down by Cocoa? The crabs up here are smaller on average!
     
  8. dasugaman101

    dasugaman101 Pirate in the making

    Nice, what of mosquito lagoon where you in? I was thinking of taking the family and some friends net week . About 8 of us.
     
  9. David Orlando

    David Orlando Master Gunner
    Thread Started By

    Southern end of Mosquito Lagoon in a marsh, so they are protected from all the big fish that eat them.
     
  10. slaysled

    slaysled Treasure Hunter

    Some serious crabbing and really good eating. I agree with the amount of cleaning you don't want to do it again for months.
     
  11. chickenchaps

    chickenchaps Pirate in the making

    WOW! That is awesome!!! My mouth is watering!!! What a great haul!! Good for you and your friends!!
     
  12. Ken Boone

    Ken Boone Seaman Recruit

    Great haul! Haha, no Myrna will be bugging me to take her to the lagoon crabbing.
     
  13. ORLANDOFLORIDA

    ORLANDOFLORIDA Treasure Hunter

    Lots of work picking but tastes great
     
  14. lobsterman

    lobsterman Seaman Recruit

    Wow! Epic haul! Friends to help clean and eat. Great day.
     
  15. Bossman

    Bossman Moderator on Deck Staff Member

    Great haul for sure, Good thing you had some help.
     
  16. 311sarge

    311sarge Powder Monkey

    That's awesome. Looks like it was a great time. Gotta love those fresh crabcakes. Tftr
     
  17. MyMy86

    MyMy86 Blackbeard

    You guys cleaned up! I'm drooling by just looking at the pics. Lol. Nice work.
     
  18. bogman102

    bogman102 Seaman

    Thanks for the response! Did you measure the crabs point to point? They look good sized1
    The crabs up by New Smyrna Beach average 5.5 to 6 inches.
    A couple years ago I caught 120 crabs for the year. Only two were 6.5 inches!
    The claws are also small on these crabs. A 6.5 inch crab usually has a good set of claws but these don't.
     
  19. Joseph Underwood

    Joseph Underwood Cabin Boy

    Awesome catch! Thanks for report they are alot of work but are super tasty
     
  20. scasios76

    scasios76 Blackbeard

    Nice catch and good eats. hopefully I can get my hands busy with the crabs this weekend.
     

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