Jumbo in cray pot

 Got a jumbo today in the cray pot, couldn’t believe the size of it for being caught in a cray pot, I’m used to the usual whites between just size and 25mm over, up until last week when I got a nice big boy @ 1.2kg, but then today I got this big boy weighing in at 2.569kg’s with carapace length approximately 154mm. Are Crays this size caught in pots very often? 

Now, how to cook it so it presents well on the table as a big centre piece? 

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 def a nice surprise.

Tue, 2018-12-18 15:45

 def a nice surprise. something like that i would cut in half on an oven trat with a bit of garlic butter and lemon juice and bake in the oven but cover in foil so it wont dry out

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Good luck....had a 3kg plus a year ago

Tue, 2018-12-18 15:53

And unfortunately the flesh was really floury and not pleasant at all despite real care being shown in cooking it ...... but I know plenty of others that have been great on the chew

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Thinking now of maybe getting

Tue, 2018-12-18 15:57

Thinking now of maybe getting it taxidermy’d instead, feel like I’ll get much more out of that way. 

Anyone been down that path? Got any recommendations of places to take it or what the cost was? 

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Ive keept a few jumbos around

Tue, 2018-12-18 17:00

Ive keept a few jumbos around 3kg - the best part is the legs. I would pull the flesh out of the shell and cut off any of the red bits then cut the remaining in to small pieces and saute in garlic butter. I dont tend to keep anything over about 1.5 kg now - 1 prefer to snap a photo then put them back.

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Yeah I kept this one out of

Tue, 2018-12-18 17:35

Yeah I kept this one out of excitement, as we all do from time to time, so I’ve decided to taxidermy it so I can keep it and awe in its size and remind me of the fun and excitement of crayfishing for years to come. And yeah, if I were to catch another one now it would be a photo and release  

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 Wish our luck would turn, we

Tue, 2018-12-18 17:12

 Wish our luck would turn, we had the largest blue ring in our pot, that makes 3 from the past 4 pulls.

Great catch you got though.

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No good mate, this season has

Tue, 2018-12-18 17:38

No good mate, this season has been a bit of a test for me, if 1 of my pots come up empty 2 times in a row then I moved it, catches were very sporadic for me out from ocean reef but through moving them around a lot we ended up doing alright, and still catching now.  

 

Yeah gotta keep an eye out for those blue rings, so small and impossible to see at 4:30am

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The big ones go well in a

Tue, 2018-12-18 19:47

The big ones go well in a laksa. Chuck some fish in as well. Only takes a couple of minutes to cook the fish and cray pieces once the liquid is done. Grab a carton and get some mates around. 

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Done a 4 kilo one

Tue, 2018-12-18 20:19

Last year ( mounted). Easy to do yourself. Get everything from pharmacy. Eating Put legs in microwave ( in bag) 2 mins high. Unreal don't even have to crack open to get meat. It shoots out. Tail fry or barbie. Legs the best. Many years ago could buy cooked jumbo legs from super market, haven't seen them for sale for many years now. Nice jumbo

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Cheers mate. Had a few people

Tue, 2018-12-18 20:32

Cheers mate. Had a few people telling me to do it myself, getting a few quotes tomorrow from some professional’s so see what they come back with. I’d hate to try it myself and fail miserably, it would seem like such a waste! 

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Microwave

Tue, 2018-12-18 22:53

Hey LJ,

Do you mean putting jumbo legs in a sandwich bag then in the microwave, sounds like a good way to make the most out of them. Have always thought legs are best boiled but tails cut up and cooked in bite size pieces. Cheers for the idea. Often end up with a few in the bottom of the esky.

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 Mate thought at the start of

Wed, 2018-12-19 06:31

 Mate thought at the start of your post it was instruction on how to prepare to mount it.

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Its so hard to appreciate the

Wed, 2018-12-19 08:11

Its so hard to appreciate the size of a jumbo unless your actually holding it, but that certainly looks the goods. Well done.

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For sure, seeing it in the

Wed, 2018-12-19 11:09

For sure, seeing it in the flesh gives you a much better appreciation of its size, which is why I’ve decided to taxidermy it and get it mounted! 

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We get lots now at Kalbarri

Thu, 2018-12-20 09:56

 All the inside ground close to the river, with the exception of the stuff straight off the mouth, has plenty. By product of low-grading by crayfishermen catching  for the market. We find they eat fine--not as good as whites, but no size reds are.

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 Nice work Paul

Thu, 2018-12-20 11:29

 Nice work Paul

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