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#1 saycheese

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Posted 12 April 2009 - 05:27 PM

Hi, I'm new on here. My wife is writing a piece for 'Country Kitchen' magazine about Crayfish, recipes and background etc. Does anyone here set out to catch crayfish? Could we chat? Or meet?

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Posted 12 April 2009 - 09:52 PM

Hi saycheese and welcome.

Happy to chat with you but probably further than you want to travel to meet. :D

You won't be able to email or PM through the forum until after post #15 so you will need this.

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Posted 12 April 2009 - 10:00 PM

Crayfish are mostly just a pain in the arse for anglers - we tend not to want to catch them on purpose. Try www.rivercottage.net forums for more foraging type activities.

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Posted 12 April 2009 - 10:56 PM

Turkish Crayfish are rife in my local river and in my local day ticket lakes. most if not all anglers hate them unless of course like me they eat them. I also use them for sea angling instead of peeler crabs.
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Posted 13 April 2009 - 10:33 AM

Turkish Crayfish are rife in my local river and in my local day ticket lakes. most if not all anglers hate them unless of course like me they eat them. I also use them for sea angling instead of peeler crabs.



Hi, thanks for replying. Are Turkish crayfish similar to Signal crayfish? Or another type altogether. Whereabouts do you fish that you find crayfish? I do some beach fishing on the Isle of Sheppey.

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 12:01 AM

Hi saycheese :) (I'm the one that originally approved your post btw, just didn't have time to reply)

Signal crayfish are a major problem as you are probably aware, but simply catching crays is a bit of a problem thanks to AE/Gov rules....

The native cray is now protected, so if you accidentally catch one it must go back into the water. If you catch a signal however, it is illegal to put it back and also illegal to take it away (in case you want to use it as bait at another venue which would run the risk of transporting the species and/or the fungal disease they carry). A license to catch them is easy to get however, but since there are literally millions of them in our waters now, it will be impossible to eradicate them.

I've caught them a few times whilst fishing, and mostly I've boiled them quickly and eaten them on the bank, but a couple of times I've caught enough to make a very nice risotto. Email me at john [at] culloden [dot] karoo [dot] co [dot] uk and I'll send you the recipe :) (sorry about the funny email address, we get a lot of 'bots on here trawling for them).

One good tip for getting rid of the digestive tract before cooking - hold the middle tail 'flipper' and bend it to one side then the other until you hear a faint cracking sound, after that you will be able to pull the 'flipper' away taking the tract out with it.

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Posted 23 April 2009 - 11:44 AM

welcome to forum, I do not catch crayfish but I eat them,will have to check out your wifes recipes

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Posted 23 April 2009 - 09:50 PM

No contact from saycheese. Maybe he only wanted to chat with Brits that have experience catching & cooking the critters.
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Posted 04 August 2009 - 08:27 PM

Hi, thanks for replying. Are Turkish crayfish similar to Signal crayfish? Or another type altogether. Whereabouts do you fish that you find crayfish? I do some beach fishing on the Isle of Sheppey.


The Turkish Crayfish are on the Waveney. For specifc site pm me.

Turkish Crayfish are a seperate species to signals
I'm lucky to go fishing everyday (when the FPO allows me)

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