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How do you store green and white crabs. I’ve seen them stored in floating lobster totes but I can’t find any near me in Nj. I did find one on the internet but they wanted $270 for shipping plus $60 for the tote. 

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2 hours ago, Steve_M said:

How do you store green and white crabs. I’ve seen them stored in floating lobster totes but I can’t find any near me in Nj. I did find one on the internet but they wanted $270 for shipping plus $60 for the tote. 

How many do you need to hang?

 

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Use a crab trap or similar to what GP100 provided link to.   I use my crab traps as crab holders.   May lose one or two, but they work great.      

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For long term use after the reasonable expectation of crab survival.... There’s a thread here on SOL where I pitched the thought of salting them & a member soon tried it. He seemed pleased if I recall correctly (IIRC). 
 

(not iodized salt. Kosher salt. Crabs die but no rot. Same as bloodworms, dried out but refresh when in SW & looks almost perfect.)

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Holding cage is best but if just for a couple days in a bind, drill some holes in a 5g bucket with a lid and put a brick in it and hang it off the dock...  throw in a bunker to keep them busy :-) 

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14 hours ago, EricDice said:

For long term use after the reasonable expectation of crab survival.... There’s a thread here on SOL where I pitched the thought of salting them & a member soon tried it. He seemed pleased if I recall correctly (IIRC). 
 

(not iodized salt. Kosher salt. Crabs die but no rot. Same as bloodworms, dried out but refresh when in SW & looks almost perfect.)

Might have been me.  They worked fine but Issue with salt is harder to freeze.   Next time I’m going To try it without salt and vacuum seal.  

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I've straight up froze fresh crabs before and they worked fine after thawed, but like everyone else said any bucket with some holes is fine.

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I'm using a minnow bucket with additional holes drilled in the base for circulation. The crabs being smaller, fitting a dozen and a half with no dead loss. Also use a metal dowel which goes thru two drilled holes behind the door to keep out the otters.

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1 hour ago, fmtuna said:

Holding cage is best but if just for a couple days in a bind, drill some holes in a 5g bucket with a lid and put a brick in it and hang it off the dock...  throw in a bunker to keep them busy :-) 

Or wire up a lid to a plastic laundry basket from the dollar store?

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1 hour ago, squidder 329 said:

Rainy and boring day and I stumbled on this video really interesting.

 

I saw that video.  

I had a similar reaction on my shins my last two times out.   

I was in the water.  Exact same symptoms.  My shins are all scarred up too. 

 

I was wondering if it was bacteria or chemical pollutants.   

Maybe jellyfish larvae? 

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27 mins ago, PSegnatelli said:

I saw that video.  

I had a similar reaction on my shins my last two times out.   

I was in the water.  Exact same symptoms.  My shins are all scarred up too. 

 

I was wondering if it was bacteria or chemical pollutants.   

Maybe jellyfish larvae? 

Well that pretty informative especially since it was on your shins as well. I sure I cut up close to a hundred greenies this year with no issue.

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