2009 Commercial and Recreational Stone Crab Season Begins This Month

This October 15th, stone crab season in Key West begins for both commercial and recreational anglers; find out how to go on your own stone crab fishing trip with Key West Top Guides

Online PR News – 16-October-2009 – – While the main draw for fishing Key West is the typical fish wildlife of the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic, some visiting Key West anglers enjoy partaking in some of the island's more unique fishing experiences. This October, stone crab season begins in Key West and the world of Key West fishing has a new addition to their list of marine species anglers are eager to catch and cook up. Key West Top Guides, the island's premier center for Key West fishing charters, will be providing curious anglers the chance to experience the unique Key West fishing experience of catching these most scrumptious of creatures.

Unlike many other fish species in Key West fishing, fishing for stone crab is done more for the meat itself than for the catch. In other words, anglers are typically not fishing for the sport or technique, but for the tasty meat that is produced from the stone crab's massive claws. These claws are compared more to the claws of a Maine lobster than to that of other crabs such as the blue crab.

The season starts on October 15th and Key West Top Guides has long been making plans to show their anglers the fun of fishing for stone crab. The fishing center provides anglers with a quality Key West fishing charter on a variety of fishing boats, ranging in size and style. A handful of these experienced Key West fishing charters captains are on hand to take interested anglers in a stone crab fishing trip.

Captains will brief anglers on the rules of fishing for stone crab (including the rule that crab caught must have claws that are no bigger than 2.75 inches and females must not be holding eggs). After the trip, anglers are free to enjoy their delicious catches. Many take the fresh catches to local Key West restaurants that know how to prepare these scrumptious creatures and have a nice night out on the town dining on their very own catches.

"Lobster season is pretty exciting but I always prefer stone crab season," says Key West Top Guides office manager Joseph Luvaul. "The taste of these crabs' claws is just incomparable. It's so good!"

Key West Top Guides runs the website KeyWestTopGuides.com. Head there for more information on the world of Key West fishing, how to book Key West fishing charters, and other information on fishing Key West.

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