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ganooch
05-12-2006, 11:03 AM
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:boohoo: Only two more days till this seasons stone crab harvesting comes to an end. I love these things and can never get enough. Whenever I visit my wife's grandmother in North Miami Beach a pilgrimmage to Joe's Stone Crab must be made. I think I need to order some and have them shipped ASAP.

mor911
05-12-2006, 11:06 AM
Joe's Stone Crab's is the BOMB. The Mor's only been there once, but it was well worth it.

ganooch
05-12-2006, 11:07 AM
whenever i go there i feel like i am in heaven. It is the one time a year that $$$$ is no object when I go out to eat.

mor911
05-12-2006, 11:08 AM
It does cost a boat load of $$$$

ganooch
05-12-2006, 11:10 AM
considering that years ago you could not give them away.

Celtkin
05-12-2006, 11:32 AM
considering that years ago you could not give them away.

Isn't that the truth :lol:

The same is the case with rock shrimp. It used to be that no one wanted to go through the work of getting into the shells to eat the shrimp but now you can hardly ever find them in grocery stores and commercial fleets are selling their catch to places like Dixie Crossroads (one of my favorite places to eat) who learned the 'secret' of rock shrimp.

TJamesW_phinfan
05-12-2006, 11:44 AM
Boiled in seasonings or made into cakes...good stuff! :) Never been to Joe's. I'll have to try that if I ever get down there again.

ganooch
05-12-2006, 11:45 AM
i just love going down there, beer in one hand, and a platter full of stone claws in front of me. Oh yeah, you cannot forget the mustard sauce!!!!!

ganooch
05-12-2006, 11:47 AM
Boiled in seasonings or made into cakes...good stuff! :) Never been to Joe's. I'll have to try that if I ever get down there again.
Joes is fantastic. Just do not make the same mistake I did the first time i went. I was down there in July, drove to Joes and to my utter dismay they were closed until October. Now at least they are open for lunch during the summer.

TJamesW_phinfan
05-12-2006, 11:54 AM
Joes is fantastic. Just do not make the same mistake I did the first time i went. I was down there in July, drove to Joes and to my utter dismay they were closed until October. Now at least they are open for lunch during the summer.

Cool I'll keep that in mind thanks. :)

ganooch
05-13-2006, 03:31 PM
tomorrow is the last day

cnc66
05-13-2006, 03:54 PM
tomorrow is the last day

years ago I lived in Brooksville and had a freind who was a crabber out of Homassa, we ate good. Have you ever snorkled for them? and scallops...a blast!

ganooch
05-13-2006, 03:56 PM
years ago I lived in Brooksville and had a freind who was a crabber out of Homassa, we ate good. Have you ever snorkled for them? and scallops...a blast!
no that would be pretty cool. are their any places down there where you can actually harvest your own stone crabs. Or is it regulated by the govt because I know there are size limits and you have to break hte claws off and release the crab. good method. there will plenty for me to eat for years to come.

cnc66
05-13-2006, 04:16 PM
no that would be pretty cool. are their any places down there where you can actually harvest your own stone crabs. Or is it regulated by the govt because I know there are size limits and you have to break hte claws off and release the crab. good method. there will plenty for me to eat for years to come.

this is from an official Florida site.

http://myfwc.com/marine/recreational/recstonecrab.htm


Stone Crab Limits


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http://www.finheaven.com/clear.gifNo Females With Eggs
http://www.finheaven.com/clear.gif2 3/4 Inch Claw
http://www.finheaven.com/clear.gifOpen Season October 15-May 15


http://www.finheaven.com/clear.gifBag Limit
1 Gallon Of Claws Per Person or 2 Gallons Per Vessel, Whichever Is Less
Stone Crab Harvesting Gear

It is unlawful to use any device on the taking of stone crabs that can puncture, crush, or injure the crab body, such as spears, grains, grabs, hooks, or similar devices
Maximum of five (5) stone crabs traps per person as described in the summary of stone crab trapping rules belowStone Crab Trapping Rules
Five trap maximum
Buoy must have a legible "R" at least two inches high, permanently affixed to it. 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.
A Florida recreational fishing license is required to harvest stone crabs under the recreational fishing regulations.
Stone crab trap specifications are the same for recreational and commercial harvesters. Trap specifications may be found in Rule 68B-45.004, Florida Administrative Code.
Can both stone crab claws be harvested?
Both claws of a stone crab may be harvested lawfully if they are both of legal size. Although it is currently lawful to harvest both of a stone crab's claws, usually only one claw is taken from an individual stone crab during harvest for conservation purposes. The practice of removing both claws of a stone crab threatens the ability of the resource to renew itself. Stone crab claws are a renewable resource because only the claw may be harvested and the crab is left to regenerate a new claw. Should both claws be of lawful harvest size and removed, the crab would be left with little means of defense and no mode of acquiring food. This drastically reduces its chance for survival and re-growth of a new claw is highly compromised without a proper nutrient supply.

ganooch
05-13-2006, 04:22 PM
this is from an official Florida site.

http://myfwc.com/marine/recreational/recstonecrab.htm


Stone Crab Limits


http://myfwc.com/marine/recreational/crab.jpg
http://myfwc.com/marine/recreational/little_crab.jpgNo Females With Eggs
http://myfwc.com/marine/recreational/little_crab.jpg2 3/4 Inch Claw
http://myfwc.com/marine/recreational/little_crab.jpgOpen Season October 15-May 15


http://myfwc.com/marine/recreational/little_crab.jpgBag Limit
1 Gallon Of Claws Per Person or 2 Gallons Per Vessel, Whichever Is Less
Stone Crab Harvesting Gear

It is unlawful to use any device on the taking of stone crabs that can puncture, crush, or injure the crab body, such as spears, grains, grabs, hooks, or similar devices
Maximum of five (5) stone crabs traps per person as described in the summary of stone crab trapping rules belowStone Crab Trapping Rules
Five trap maximum
Buoy must have a legible "R" at least two inches high, permanently affixed to it. 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.
A Florida recreational fishing license is required to harvest stone crabs under the recreational fishing regulations.
Stone crab trap specifications are the same for recreational and commercial harvesters. Trap specifications may be found in Rule 68B-45.004, Florida Administrative Code.
Can both stone crab claws be harvested?
Both claws of a stone crab may be harvested lawfully if they are both of legal size. Although it is currently lawful to harvest both of a stone crab's claws, usually only one claw is taken from an individual stone crab during harvest for conservation purposes. The practice of removing both claws of a stone crab threatens the ability of the resource to renew itself. Stone crab claws are a renewable resource because only the claw may be harvested and the crab is left to regenerate a new claw. Should both claws be of lawful harvest size and removed, the crab would be left with little means of defense and no mode of acquiring food. This drastically reduces its chance for survival and re-growth of a new claw is highly compromised without a proper nutrient supply.

thanks!! next year I will have to give it a shot.