In the last 6-7 weeks I’ve boiled blue crabs 4 times, starting from Fiesta Wirt once and then H Mart Blalock the other times.
A nice Asian lady turned me on to the crabs with the most meat, the ones with the dirty bottoms. It bears out with my theory being they haven’t molted yet.
I’m not in the it’s too much work camp but it does take patience to fill up a fresh flour tortilla or make enough for a mess of crab nachos.
There will be times where there are a handful of lethargic and dead crabs but asking one of the Hispanic will bring out a box of live and kicking beauties.