My wife and I crabbed out near Ilwaco and it was pretty slow. We got 7 males, which were only Oregon sized. Then we started to only get females. I'm guessing that the commercial crabbers have taken them all out.
Is there a length restriction on red's I was at the dock at newport where the seals hang out and these guys had a bucketful with shells about 4-1/2" to 5-1/2" They looked like a rough bunch so I decided to skip the comments.
We managed 13 on Saturday, using fresh pink-fin heads for bait. We had a bad tide, but still managed a few for the 4 hours we went out. Lots of females, and some soft males. We were in Coos Bay. Good luck.
Red Rock crab are legal at any size, if I catch them, I eat them, as they are competing with the dungies and are much tougher. I'd be interested to hear others comments on this. If I catch a rock crab, it does'nt go back. There have been areas that were historically dungie grounds that have been decimated and overcome by rocks.
:grin: RIPPLE :grin:
Reds don't have as much meat, but if good size the legs and claws are definitely worth the trouble. I never thought about them competing with Dungeness for habitat...maybe I'll start keeping some smaller ones too.
I've always found the reds to have a bitter taste compared to dungeness. Hard for me to eat more than one. Maybe it's the way I prepare them. I've never tried cleaning them prior to cooking, but I've seen on previous posts that I should give that a shot.