____ Friday 2-13-2009 Well guys, if you haven't got your sweetie anything by now, you might try a rush order for a gold stone crab claw pendant. seriously. We have no stake in sales of this item, but they really do make a gold stone crab claw pendant at Seawear Jewelry, whoever the heck they are. Of course, you could always take her out to dinner for the real thing. We have plenty of stone crabs today and more claws expected tomorrow! __________________ ________________ Thursday 2-12-2009 The days leading up to Valentine's Day are making large and jumbo claws hard to find. All we can do for tonight is one and two pound dinners on large and jumbos. We found plenty of medium claws so they are offered as all you can eat dinners. This seems to be the case for Friday too.
There is some possibility Saturday's stone crab delivery will have full loads of large and jumbos, but that is my own speculation based on the beautiful weather we are enjoying today, so let's get those boats out there guys!. ____________________ ______________ Tuesday 2-10-2009 Do any of you watch the TV sitcom The Office? You know Jim? That's how I feel right now. All I could get for today in stone crabs were mediums. However, tomorrow, Wednesday, I'll get large and jumbos as well as mediums. Hmmmm... _________________ ______________ Monday 2-9-2009 Yay! We got more medium and large stone crab claws in today. Still a shortage of jumbos until Wednesday, but we are pretty well set for mediums and large today and Tuesday! ___________________ ______________ Sunday 2-8-2009 It's 8:00 PM and were sold out of jumbos, selling out of mediums and are going down to the wire with the large. I am waiting for a call back from the stone crab man. When that call comes, I will know what we have for Monday. ________________ _____________ Friday 2-6-2009 Wow! That was a fast week! Maybe it's a factor of the cold. It has, as I'm sure you know, been cold here... to say the least. The stone crab supply for tomorrow is going to be thin on the large and jumbos, so come earlier rather than later for large or jumbo claws. We should be okay on mediums for the weekend. I am waiting to hear if any boats go out Saturday, February 7th. Weather should be warmer and seas should be calmer so boats should go out. Or not. They may not sortie until Monday and that would mean delivery Wednesday. Stay toasty... I'll keep you posted. ____________________ _______________ Friday 1-30-2009 Big delivery today for Friday stone crab claws. We also have a good order lined up for tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday looks good too, though the Sunday order may be thin on jumbos, so if you're in the mood for jumbo stone crab claws you should be thinking either tonight or Saturday night. _________________________ _____________________ Wednesday 1-28-2009 Today's stone crab delivery was a full load, so we will have plenty of jumbos, large and medium claws for tonight. The warmer weather and calmer seas means for an very optimistic outlook for Thursday, Friday and Saturday deliveries as well. __________________ _______________ Sunday 1-25-2009 We sold out last night I know, but we got all stocked back up again this morning with plenty of mediums, large and jumbos! As far as our Sunday all you can eat special on Alaskan snow crab legs there is this... we sold a statistical anomaly of Alaskan snow crab legs over the last two days so we are starting Sunday with less than the 500 lbs I like to have on hand for the all you can eat snow crab special so we will probably sell out of snow crab legs before closing tonight. We will be bringing in a big truck of crab legs Monday, so if anyone misses out today on the Alaskan snow crab we will be offering it Monday, January 26th. ________________ ____________ Friday 1-23-2009 Later.... Just got word, we should be okay with our delivery for Saturday. A slight possibility mediums will be shorted. Why we can't know right now? They are known to disappear in route for some reason, like there's a Bermuda Triangle for stone crabs. The corners of this triangle I think are Miami Beach, Fort Meyers and Orlando. And we are right in the middle. ____________________ _______________ Friday 1-23-2009 Even though we are well stocked for tonight with today's delivery, I still await word on tomorrow's delivery. ___________________ _____________ Tuesday 1-20-2009 Good news. We should be getting enough large today to do all you can eat. We're also getting a handful of jumbos and those will be offered as one and two pound dinners. Wednesday's delivery is looking good. We should have mediums on Wednesday as well as a good amount of large and jumbos. We brought in extra Taittinger Domaine Carneros Brut to toast the new President! _________________ _______________ Monday 1-19-2009 Well, today's stone crab delivery is pretty thin. We're doing single portion dinners on mediums, large and jumbos until they run out, and they will sell out today at some point. Delivery for Tuesday looks thin as well, and will probably only be a limited delivery of large claws. I am still waiting on a forecast for Wednesday, and will update as information comes in. ________________ Friday 10:40PM Just got word from the stone crab supplier. We will have enough delivered Saturday to keep all you can eat on mediums, large, and jumbos. The bad news is... the price is up a bit. ____________________ Friday night 1-16-2008 I just realized I failed to keep up here. We've plenty of jumbos and large for tonight, but Saturday's order is iffy. I'll know more in the AM _________________ Tuesday 1-13-2009 Nope. Wrong. Very few jumbos, very few large came in today. Barely enough mediums, so for tonight we have all you can eat mediums and single portion dinners on large and jumbos and we WILL sell out at some point unknown. That means come earlier rather than later. Tomorrow we will get plenty of mediums, large and jumbos. This has been promised to me. ______________________ ________________ Monday 1-12-2009 Just got word we should have jumbos Tuesday. ___________________ ________________ Monday 1-12-2009 We got mediums and a handful of large and a smaller handful of jumbos in today. Haven't been able to raise my supplier yet on his cell phone, so here's our status: we have all you can eat mediums and for large and jumbos it will have to be single portion dinners until they sell out. Whatever develops for Tuesday I'll let you all know. ___________________ ________________ Saturday 1-10-2009 Our stone crab delivery for today just came in. We got all we asked for in the mediums and the jumbos, but the large were shorted by half. Still, we should be okay for tonight. There is a possibility some fortunate folks who order all you can eat large toward the end of tonight will have to accept jumbos on refills to finish their meals. How this affects Sunday remains to be seen. I am still waiting on finding out what (if any) stone crabs can be expected for Sunday. Will keep this blog informed as soon as I have news. _____________________ ________________ Wednesday 1-7-2009 Today we got a full delivery on medium, large and jumbo claws. The next couple of days look okay too, but I'm told a front is expected to move through that will bring cooler temperatures, rougher water and fewer stone crabs. I'll keep you updated as the situation develops. ________________ ___________ Friday 1-2-2009 Well, we could find no stone crabs for tonight. You may have noticed how windy it has been the last couple of days and we all know that means the boats don't go out.
I DO have about 50 lbs of large left from the delivery December 31st and will be offering them as one and two pound dinners tonight. A two pound dinner of larger claws (about 8 claws) is $30.95 and a one pound dinner is $20.95.
Boats are going out today, so that means we will have plenty of mediums, large and jumbos tomorrow.
There is one other dynamic at work in the stone crab industry and it has to do with the low prices. The fact is, stone crab prices are at historic lows right now. That may seem good, but the industry is not subsidized by the state and the low prices make stone crabbing a losing effort for many fishermen. In fact, many have sold off their boats or gone out of business outright.
This means I am predicting a large spike in stone crab prices at some point and there is nothing anyone can do about it. Stone crabs are one of the purest examples of the economics of supply and demand and without a robust fleet of fishermen making a living pulling stone crabs the supply side of that equation is about to collapse.