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Old 09-01-2007, 07:17 PM
 
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I figuered I'd ask this in the MD forum, is it true you should only eat Crabs in months that don't have an r or is it still good to eat crab into the fall?

I wanted to know if eating Crabs in September and October would have a large fall in quality from the summer crops.
Thanks.
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Old 09-01-2007, 08:27 PM
 
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The "R" thing is for oysters, you can eat crabs whenever.
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Old 09-01-2007, 08:37 PM
 
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^ mmm...crabs!
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Old 09-01-2007, 08:39 PM
 
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I love crabs later in the season, especially around this time of year. I eat them all summer and lately they've been really heavy and good.
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Old 09-01-2007, 11:24 PM
 
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So crabs are no worse in the fall than in Summer?
Why is it oysters should not be eaten in fall?
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Old 09-02-2007, 12:08 PM
 
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Crabs are actually better in the fall. Here's a link to a crab story in our local paper

Crabs tasty but pricey as summer wraps up - Top Stories - (HometownAnnapolis.com) (http://www.hometownannapolis.com/cgi-bin/read/2007/09_01-11/TOP - broken link)

quote: After a dry summer that sent crabs scurrying to the northern reaches of the Chesapeake Bay, watermen are hoping their fortunes will improve in the fall. And that's when crabs are the fattest and taste the best, anyway.

Last year the oyster season in MD was from Oct 2 to March 30---probably be similar to that this year. Not sure where you got the no oysters in fall info.
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Old 09-02-2007, 01:56 PM
 
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Default Fall crabs

As long as I have lived in MD the fall months have traditionally been the time for the tastiest crabs. Big fat #1 Jimmies that you never see in june.
The prices are outrageous - it is better to go out on your own and drop a line with bullips for a couple of hours.
Oysters are a funny deal to me as you can eat oysters around the country at any time of the year; think San Fran.
I have never tonged for them but used to get them for $35 a bushel in the early 80s.












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Old 09-04-2007, 04:30 PM
 
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fall is the best time for crabs because they are fatter in the fall... winter crabs in MD have probably come from NC or Louisiana.. etc.. I'm not sure when they stop crabbing.. usually around the beginning of oyster season I believe.. so.. enjoy em while you got em
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Old 09-06-2007, 03:15 PM
 
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Any tips on best places to go crabbing around annapolis? So far i've only "dropped a line" at sandy pointe state park.
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Old 09-07-2007, 07:21 PM
 
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I've recently read that the 'R' thing dates back to the days when there was no refrigeration when transporting food. So the only way to assure that you had fresh oysters in MD were to only purchase oysters in the cold months which are the months that have the letter 'R'.
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