Yea guys, the soft crab is a result of recent molting when they shed their old small shell for a bigger new one. Only thing is they need to grow into it. To start with they sort of fluff up their meat with water to fill the shell until they grow into it. Not sure how long this takes, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with the meat. There will be excess water in the shells but personally I really like to slurp it out. You will notice new shell crab are quite white or pale on the under belly and as you noticed the shell is quite soft. Crab that have grown into their shells have noticably harder shells and darker color. Sounds like crabbing is good this time of year on your side of the strait. We limited out on Sunday off Nanaimo both for crab and prawns. Looks like the prawns have finished spawning and in real good shape. Several of the crab were soft shells, but also several had hard shells. Not sure if it is a time of year thing or just a growth thing. Anyway, good luck and full pots.