Ok! That's it, that's all! Now I wanna go rock crabbing this weekend and have a crab boil!
Exactly how many crabs did you guys catch? Like a 5-gallon bucket full? What were you using for bait?
I haven't done it in ages, but we used to tie chicken necks to twine and throw the line out. when the lines were being tugged, we'd slowly pull them in then scoop the crabs with nets. These were blue crabs in the golf of Mexico, but it might work for rock crabs too. I only ever ate rock crabs once, and they were absolutely delicious, but a lot of work for little meat...
In case you're wondering what's a crab boil, here's how to have yourself an authentic Louisiana Cajun crab boil:
First, get yourself at least two douzen crabs. Then bring a big pot with enough water to cover the crabs to a boil. **If you can get your hands on either Louisiana Crab Boil or Zataran's Crab Boil (powdered mixes that you add to the water), put in a bag of the stuff and then just throw in the crabs once water boils. Otherwise, you want to add the following to the water BEFORE you add the crabs:
-1 cup of salt
-1 cup of cayenne pepper
-1/4 cup of garlic powder OR 2 garlics (cloves separated from one another)
-1 lemon quartered
1/4 cup of paprika
You will also want to throw in some corn on the cob (at leat 1 per person) and those little potatoes with the very fine skin, and a couple of onions halved along with the crabs.
Once the water begins boiling, throw in your crabs and let the water come back to a boil. Once it starts boiling again, boil them for 5 minutes, then remove from heat. Let stand for 20-25 minutes, then enjoy! You might also want to dip them in cold water once removed from the boiling water to stop the cooking, so they don't dry out. Mmmmm, mmmm, frigging GOOD, ya!
It`s also great with shrimp (and of course crawfish, but you don`t get these in Canada). I`ve heard you can do it with lobster, but I`ve never tried.