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PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2009 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Keeno,
I've read a couple of dozen articles on them and most say 24 hours, with a couple saying they don't even bother purging them!

If I don't post on the forum after this evening then you'll know why - and it's been nice knowing you all Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2009 3:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lol

i did think that two weeks was a bit excessive. but then again some of the things i used to see in the lea at Picketts lock, two weeks might not be enough!!!!

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2009 8:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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so where are you trapping em from then-The Mole? Shock Shock Shock
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2009 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Mole around Norbury Park Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2009 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chris, if you are stil alive this site may help

http://crayfishking.com

Some good ideas on removing intestines to aid the purguing process

If you are not alive maybe this will save someone from the same fate (can i have your SWFF reels?)
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2009 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nothing wrong with those crayfosh. They were tasty and you could taste the freshness.

No dodgy tummy for me.

Thanks for supplying these Chris
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2009 7:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad they were enjoyed!
After getting back from Thornton I went down and set a couple of traps in another part of the river. 24 hours later (last night) I checked them and couldn't believe my eyes. One trap had 92 Crayfish (including some massive ones) and the other had 39. There were so many that they had eaten the label off the tin of dog food I was using as an attractant!

So it's a big boiling session some time this week, and then Crayfish sandwiches for the next month Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2009 8:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blimey Chris you will have a roadside stall next.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2009 3:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I enjoyed them Chris, do you think you could peel em next time and save us the work please.. and yes to Chilli Dip..
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2009 3:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chilli Dip is a damn good idea Kev. I've got two big tanks worth to boil up tonight - I think her indoors will be making herself scarce!
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2009 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

might be worth selling a few to the local restruants chris Wink would also make a good natural bait for fishing.i have had them with a chili and garlic dip.yum Smile .cheers.steve Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2009 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The licence I have only permits trapping for personal consumption. The EA are loathe to issue permits for commercial / resale purposes as they don't want people stocking waters that don't already have an infestation of the crayfish just to harvest them for financial gain.

Just means I have to have a big BBQ for family and friends Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2009 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chris wrote:
Glad they were enjoyed!
After getting back from Thornton I went down and set a couple of traps in another part of the river. 24 hours later (last night) I checked them and couldn't believe my eyes. One trap had 92 Crayfish (including some massive ones) and the other had 39. There were so many that they had eaten the label off the tin of dog food I was using as an attractant!

So it's a big boiling session some time this week, and then Crayfish sandwiches for the next month Very Happy


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2009 7:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In Australia, we have a native crustacean known as a 'yabby' (Cherux Destructor). Now these yabbies 'run' ( a local term for them being in large numbers and better quality) in the months without an 'R'. That is the winter months. And they start becoming easier to catch once there has been a frost.

Our 'yabbie's largely hibernate during the summer months by burrowing into the mud and during that time they shed their shell and replace it in preparation for a new growth season.

No doubt, those of you who have caught or seen these crayfish around would have also seen two small white discs (a bit like buttons) either where one has been killed or just behind the head if you dissect one. They are know as 'gastroliths' are are made of calcium, they are dissolved to harden the shell.

These are very similar to the American Signal Crayfish, and I suspect the native crayfish here in the UK.

Interestingly, up north I have noticed a lot more crayfish active within the last few weeks.

I wonder if the same behaviour is inherent in these as are in our yabbies. If so, there should be some great sport catching (and eating) them in the months with an 'R'.

Good winter foraging hey?
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2009 8:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Philip,
Welcome to the forum. From the research I have done the Signal Crayfish burrow in to the banks during the winter which makes them impossible to catch! As the water warms up again they come out and live back in the river bed
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