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Jonah Crabs = White Leggers

post #1 of 13
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Brought home (NJ) some Rock/Jonah Crabs and Lobsters from a lobster boat in Pt Judith, RI to cook tonight. Are Jonah Crabs the same as white leggers that I have been using for blackfish? (They look similar but kind of different). If not what is the official species name of white leggers.

The lobster boat captain said the Jonah Crabs produce great results for togging.

Crab Photos
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post #2 of 13
Jonah/rock crabs = White legger

Both are considered white legger. (I hate that name...WhiteLegger, so ghey)

Verygood Tog bait!
post #3 of 13
I'm most likey wrong, but always though Jonah crabs were the ones big enough to eat. I've never caught well with the big whites. There isn't much better than a half dollar white with the shell peeled and that thin black film of crap left intact.
post #4 of 13
Jonahs and Atlantic rock crabs are two separate species, but they both are in the same genus (along with west coast Dungeness crabs). Jonahs have the black tips on their claws, and a rough edge shell compared to the rock crabs. Also, the Jonahs always seem keep their legs tucked under while the rocks stick them out and they all get tangled with each other. Both work and both are just called white leggers, which I agree is a retarded name, just call them white crabs. I caught one of my biggest tog on a fist sized Jonah fished whole.
post #5 of 13
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Originally Posted by Fly By Nite View Post
I'm most likey wrong, but always though Jonah crabs were the ones big enough to eat. I've never caught well with the big whites. There isn't much better than a half dollar white with the shell peeled and that thin black film of crap left intact.
down south those big jonahs are deadly
post #6 of 13
I save the big claws from the Jonahs and stuff the tog with crabmeat
post #7 of 13
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Thank you for the input I learned a couple of things:
1. White leg crabs is the prefered term, you could call them white leggers but some find that .....

2. Rock crabs (white leg crabs) are what I have been buying and using on the NJ party boats.

3. Jonah crabs are a different species from, rock crabs, though some have had success with them with tog.

4. The Jonah crabs I brough back from RI steamed and with butter are (the family tore into them along with the lobsters) ....

For any RI locals (SoCo) do you know a B&T to get rock crabs (white leg crabs), I am going out this week and would like to pick some up for the trip?
post #8 of 13
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For any RI locals (SoCo) do you know a B&T to get rock crabs (white leg crabs), I am going out this week and would like to pick some up for the trip?

usually its a mix between jonahs and rock crabs and baby jonahs n they all work. sometimes they want the little guys n sometimes they want the big guys. its always good to have both
post #9 of 13
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down south those big jonahs are deadly


LOL Gonna remember you said that tues
post #10 of 13
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LOL Gonna remember you said that tues
ur gonna watch me drop them down n ur gonna be like damn thats a big tog when i real it back up
post #11 of 13
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ur gonna watch me drop them down n ur gonna be like damn thats a big tog when i real it back up


ROFL-WTG- Gotta tell ya, sometimes I enjoy watching people catch as much as I enjoy catching
post #12 of 13
what has been said here is correct. White leggers refer to Both rock and Jonah crabs- different species. Each are Cancer, considered "True Crabs", unlike blue crabs, for example.



Not sure if one fishes better than the other. If you want to tell them apart, you need to look at the leading edge of the shell. The Jonah crab has jagged irregular ridges, where as the Rock crab has smooth, more symetrical ones. (J- Jonah- Jagged. R- Rock, Rounded). They also have somewhat different carapace colorations.
post #13 of 13
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I went out on a party boat this morning and brought five (5) Jonah crabs. Couldn't find rock crabs in RI,called every B&T in the area and couldn't find any so I went to a fish market in Providence and he sold me some smaller Jonahs at a buck a piece.

On the two first drops the togs went crazy, got two keepers very quick and my first nine pound class tog (nice pull, very addictive). Tons of shorts, whose to say if it boat location or the Jonahs. Blew through Jonahs quickly switched to green and pick up one more keeper for the remainder of the trip, but not as a aggressive bite as with the Jonahs. All in all a great day, nice bag of fillets.
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