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Thread: Signal Crayfish

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    Spent a pleasant afternoon and evening yesterday; canalside with that Nice Gent who takes those Elderly but Confused Chaps on Outings.

    We were pestered by Signals throughout the trip..although caught a few fish as well. This caused me to think......(I can hear you all sobbing already!)

    1. Am I correct in believing that having extracted one of the devils from the watercourse you are not permitted to throw the b*gger back?

    2. What are the rules about laying a few traps in a watercourse whilst fishing to attract and trap the little critters?

    3. I enjoy eating crayfish - we were fishing a rural length of canal but close to an area where narrow boats were moored and a small marina was located. Advice on cleaning and ensuring peak eating condition prior to either the Trotsky Ice Pick in the head or the "instant" rolling boil form of despatch?

    4. Got any recipes Lee?


    He is every other inch a gentleman.

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    EC Guest


    I think Lee's advice was to place said critters in fresh water with some diced carrot, when they start poo-ing carrot it's time for the pot.

    Can't remember the said cooking advice though I think it was to simply boil.

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    I think you need a license to remove them.

    Take a look at:

    Hope it helps.

    Scholars have long known that fishing eventually turns men into philosophers.

    Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to buy decent tackle on a philosopher's salary. ~

    Patrick F. McManus

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    Thanks Peter,

    I'll have to stick to Aldi's crayfish tails! What I need to discover is the issue of whether we need to put the critters back when they catch us or a quick lob over a hedge..away from any watercourse, is required?

    I'll email the EA to find out and share the info.

    He is every other inch a gentleman.

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    Join Date
    Apr 2007


    Thats right, you can't remove crayfish without a licence. One of the clubs I am a member of, have a licence to remove them from the river Rib, thousands of the Bu**ers have been removed, but it hasn't made any difference, still thousands in the river and ledgering is a no no.

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    Fred Bonney Guest


    You don't need to clean them, just dump them in a big pot of boiling water, infused with Dill.

    If the canalwater is bad theywouldn't be in it!!

    De-head them if you catch them accidently,otherwise they will turn around and come back from behind the hedge.Maybe even give you nip as they pass[img]/forum/smilies/surprised_smiley.gif[/img]

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    Does the dill neutralise the diesel taste?
    PaSC Junior Development Officer ><((((°>

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    Fred Bonney Guest


    Diesel be alright[img]/forum/smilies/confused_smiley.gif[/img]

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    I'd better stop fuelling your puns before they get worse [img]/forum/smilies/smile_smiley.gif[/img]
    PaSC Junior Development Officer ><((((°>

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    Stamp on them,remove the meat from the tail and use it as bait,chub love it..

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