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Old 03-12-2011, 10:21 PM   #1
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i'm going to net a some crab tonight... my question is how long will they stay alive in a cooler w/ a thin layer of ice in the bottom? or should i drop them off in one of my crab traps and collect them right before we cook? the plan is to have a crab boil w/ friends tomorrow night. thanks in advance.
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Blue crabs will live for a day or so on ice.
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keep some water in the bucket and the bucket out of the sun.
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If you decide put them in a crab trap overnight, make sure to put in some bait. Otherwise, they'll start eating each other.
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At the fish houses they keep them covered with a wet burlap in a wooden fish crate and they last for days.
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If you decide put them in a crab trap overnight, make sure to put in some bait. Otherwise, they'll start eating each other.
sure will, and they'll eat through bait pretty fast
I had about 50 on a big 40 gal pinfish pen and threw in one big mullet 4 days later had like 30 something with no sign of the others, either i got robbed or they ate one another
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