2018 crays

 So it's coming up to that time of the year. I've fished the whites the last 3 years and have done very well out of Freo. Any news on what state the Crays are in at the moment? Whens everyone dropping their pots in? I'll probably drop late November then start pulling in December. Hope the weather is as good as it was last year


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december

Thu, 2018-11-08 13:59

I think there is a full moon late November / early December usually so will be getting out about a week after that when the shells start hardening.

Done well every year for the last 5, hope this year will be the same!

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 Yep full moon is 23rd of

Thu, 2018-11-08 14:21

 Yep full moon is 23rd of November so hopefully they will start walking after that 

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Yep next moon

Thu, 2018-11-08 14:40

Tucked right up. Sea grass flowering already

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 pulling the pots out past

Sun, 2018-11-11 20:56

 pulling the pots out past carnac tomoz. if nothing I won't bother again till after the moon. Dying for a good feed!

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probably won't even get to do it this year.

Mon, 2018-11-12 16:33

 have the Anchormax winch for the Reefrunner, but not yet fitted, haven't bought a tipper, and I'm pretty locked up for work until I fly out overseas before xmas. 

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Mon, 2018-11-19 10:47

 Retirement not going to plan by the sounds??

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Any whites in any numbers NOR

Mon, 2018-11-19 05:17

Any whites in any numbers NOR boys? 

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 none been heard of yet. our

Mon, 2018-11-19 08:26

 none been heard of yet. our pots went in yesterday and will check wednesday but i think they will be another week or so yet

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I put my pots in about 2

Mon, 2018-11-19 07:54

I put my pots in about 2 weeks ago and have caught nothing as of yet. Last checked on sat. Then again, I’m pretty new to this so not the best reference! 

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 Save your bait and fuel

Mon, 2018-11-19 19:22

 Save your bait and fuel mate, wait another week or so and they will start to fire

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Thanksthink I’ll stick to

Mon, 2018-11-19 09:33

Thanks

think I’ll stick to original plan n hold off until 3-4 days before new moon...put in about the 3rd, first pull on 5th

 

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 I reckon you'll be right on

Mon, 2018-11-19 11:15

 I reckon you'll be right on the money there Chris, Mine will be dropped hopefully at the end of the month. Going up there this weekend to repair pots etc. 

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 How is the ramp up at

Mon, 2018-11-19 13:14

 How is the ramp up at Seabird Andy. Im taking the family to Leeman this year we rented a house that lets you take your dog so that will be a nice bonus for us. 

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 there's still some winter

Mon, 2018-11-19 20:21

 there's still some winter damage to fix Guy. The committee has a meeting up there this weekend to hopefully make some sort of decision on repair. I hope they pull their collective fingers out as the boaties are getting toey.

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 Hope they sort it out

Tue, 2018-11-20 05:39

 Hope they sort it out quickly. You are very lucky with the setup that you guys have built up there, its awesome my misses is glad im not asking her to beach launch so far this year. 

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 Ha ha yeah it's hard work

Tue, 2018-11-20 09:00

 Ha ha yeah it's hard work off the beach but I reckon worth it.

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 Yeah there is alot less

Tue, 2018-11-20 10:14

 Yeah there is alot less travelled ground up there .My old dinghy was alot lighter than the new one i would be happy to launch with a mate but the misses or my son can only help so much they are both enjoying the ramp at woodies since i got the bigger dinghy. My misses says its civilised  

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Pulled our pots this morning

Wed, 2018-11-21 09:00

Pulled our pots this morning and got nothing but a cuttlefish in one, free bait atleast haha

May have to get the snorkel and mas out and swim fow some until they're on the move

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careful tho...had a bloody

Wed, 2018-11-21 12:51

careful tho...had a bloody big shark circling the boat today just past the 3 mile in about 12m of water... guess all the bait in the water doesnt help.

my pots were empty too btw....keep telling myself the wyll b here soon!

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Went today(dive)

Wed, 2018-11-21 13:36

50/50 hard and soft all white.shells everywhere you look. And there out of dark holes easy prey. Should start to go on weekend

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early on is it best to have

Wed, 2018-11-21 14:45

early on is it best to have pots in close and gradually  move them out, or does it not really matter?

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 In close mate, I only fish

Wed, 2018-11-21 14:49

 In close mate, I only fish in 8m all year. You can follow them out but I've never needed to as there's plenty of reds always hanging about.

 

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cheers! might need to move

Wed, 2018-11-21 15:00

cheers! might need to move mine in as have in 12-14m of water....may be the prob!

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 Wouldn't think you'd be far

Wed, 2018-11-21 19:46

 Wouldn't think you'd be far off it at that depth.

 

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1st pull today  after being

Wed, 2018-11-21 21:12

1st pull today  after being put in 3 days ago, donut.... give it a little while longer before the next run

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 Are you NOR brodie? 

Thu, 2018-11-22 14:35

 Are you NOR brodie? 

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Yep i am

Thu, 2018-11-22 20:57

Yep i am

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Thinking they wont go before

Thu, 2018-11-22 06:44

Thinking they wont go before tue, wed next week

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 Checked mine for the 1st

Sat, 2018-11-24 08:03

 Checked mine for the 1st time today off mandurah. Donuts 

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 heard a pro pulled 120 pots

Sat, 2018-11-24 18:06

 heard a pro pulled 120 pots off two rocks on thursday for 2 whites

probably still another week away

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Nrth always before us

Sat, 2018-11-24 20:44

I would say your on the money. I thought it would be this weekend.

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Lots of pots going in today

Sun, 2018-11-25 11:51

 At ocean  reef.

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Not yet

Sun, 2018-11-25 12:35

Pulled our six pots today. Nothing to report.

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Pulled mine sat, nothing.how

Sun, 2018-11-25 12:46

Pulled mine sat, nothing.

how long does the “whites run” usually last? 

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 I pot and catch them all the

Mon, 2018-11-26 06:19

 I pot and catch them all the way up until Christmas 

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 Lol no pots going in up my

Sun, 2018-11-25 13:01

 Lol no pots going in up my way, ramp outta action till the 20th :( FFS We'll miss em but should be plenty of stragglers to get a Xmas feed.

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Sun, 2018-11-25 15:01

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 I got nothing again this

Mon, 2018-11-26 10:21

 I got nothing again this week but i was pretty proud of myself i was able to snorkle down 7.5 m without flippers and unhitch my cray rope from being woven through 2 layers of reef i couldn't have placed my pot any better but it was still empty. 

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Ok Changed my mine, back to

Mon, 2018-11-26 11:57

Ok Changed my mine, back to last years forecast for the whites, 1st week in December.. just like the last few years

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 We had 2 large sharks follow

Mon, 2018-11-26 15:27

 We had 2 large sharks follow us while we pulled pots, they hoovered up all the old stinky hokey heads. No crays. 

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Any idea what type

Mon, 2018-11-26 22:52

Just curious that's all, are you N or S of the river.

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No crays yet

Mon, 2018-11-26 20:37

We have pulled our pots twice for a resounding zero from Ocean Reef. This time for the past couple of years has been traditionally very quiet, but when it hots up its pretty good. White run lasts for a couple of weeks at best in close. You can follow them if you have time on your hands and lots of longer ropes.

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 I was thinking about heading

Mon, 2018-11-26 20:55

 I was thinking about heading out tomorrow and baiting up but maybe I'll leave it till Thursday...

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Be good move

Mon, 2018-11-26 21:50

Yesterday pros got 200 kilo , way up nrth.( whites) they are always 1 week ahead of us.

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Nothing Today

Tue, 2018-11-27 10:28

Try again Friday baits untouched

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tried again this mornig and

Tue, 2018-11-27 11:52

tried again this mornig and nothing....

pity weather looks average over coming week.....brought my pots in closer within the 3 mile so can check em sat if weather is rough.

\heard 1 guys at ramp had 2 whites.

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 It'll start happening in the

Tue, 2018-11-27 12:09

 It'll start happening in the next week 

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Wednesday next week!!! 

Tue, 2018-11-27 19:52

Wednesday next week!!! 

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Crays

Tue, 2018-11-27 19:15

 The mate & I pulled our 4 pots,after a whole week ended up with 1 keeper,put back 1 berried 1 tar spot  2 empty shells complentence of our 8 legged mates.

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 1ST white today, rough this

Tue, 2018-11-27 20:02

 1ST white today, rough this arvo

lost pot to go with it, likely cut off id say. this year is going to be f@cked for lost pots with this bullshit rope weight rule...

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Where is the pot north or

Tue, 2018-11-27 20:20

Where is the pot north or south ? 

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 north

Tue, 2018-11-27 20:33

 north

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Tue, 2018-11-27 20:42

 

Yep

 

th8nking about fishing entirely in less than 20m just to avoid the weighted rope rule!

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Lead rope

Tue, 2018-11-27 21:21

Or spliced leads into rope or snapper clip with lead 100 percent loose them. Could have been stolen. Pretty hard to cut them going at any speed. Floats push away. Rope follows. It's all about protecting whales lol. More like a multinova ( money maker). I've done it by choise ( leads ) have done for a while . Still hasn't stopped people in shallow water having 10 m off rope floating on surface , also in channels. I like idea only because it makes it safer when driving boat in dark. ( fishing trips).

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 Id say more like a pro

Tue, 2018-11-27 21:53

 Id say more like a pro reversing over it, they jave potted all over me!

not sure why anyone would steal it, its a littler pot, single baiter old girl, not worth keeping and had my license engraved on it

 

i think some common sense needs to come into play with fisheries, ie; we always pot with the required rope for the depth leaving little to none on the service (floats bobbing). people who deliberately leave miles of rope on the surface should be held accountable, including the professionals. i took photos the other day with whole lines of pro pots with 10-15m of rope on the surface on each pot...

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 I just dog bone it with

Tue, 2018-11-27 21:34

 I just dog bone it with cable tie. Good enough

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Agree Bodie

Tue, 2018-11-27 22:14

Shouldn't be made to do it. Should be people's choice. It's not going to stop whales getting caught up. That's a joke . Migration of whales no where near lines up with 90 percent of amuture potters.

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 Half the people out there

Wed, 2018-11-28 07:17

 Half the people out there arnt following the rules anyway. Dropped my pots out there yesterday in the 20s and there were quite a few pots out with Line on the surface.

My biggest worry with putting weight on your line is its hard to tell exactly where someone else's pot is sitting due to the line going directly down and then running off sideways towards the bottom to the pot. When it gets crowded once these crays start running I can see alot of pots getting caught up on each other if there's a heep of spare rope down on the bottom. 

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 Just got a message from a

Wed, 2018-11-28 10:17

 Just got a message from a mate in Dongarra, he bagged out on whites this morning in his pots.

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Yep barely a boat coming in

Wed, 2018-11-28 12:58

Yep barely a boat coming in now without quota last few days. 

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 Does that mean they are

Wed, 2018-11-28 10:20

 Does that mean they are still afew weeks away yet Andy? Seams abit that way

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 I still reckon a week and it

Wed, 2018-11-28 12:41

 I still reckon a week and it will be on for young and old. Hoping to get a mate's dinghy to get mine out early next week.

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Crays

Wed, 2018-11-28 10:55

dived on Monday bagged out easily, all crays were either double shells or very soft whites. Was in 18m south of hillarys. 

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Did anyone get any...

Wed, 2018-11-28 11:45

...from Ocean Reef or Hillarys in pots this morning?

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Done pots zero crays

Wed, 2018-11-28 11:48

Wet suit on swam down :) good news about dongara. Means 1 week away for us in rocko.

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Everyone seen wooden pots

Wed, 2018-11-28 14:30

Floating on surface on face book. classic example . Pmsl no dought in my mind they will report stolen

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 Pulled 6 pots of Freo today,

Fri, 2018-11-30 08:06

 Pulled 6 pots of Freo today, 3 day soak for 0 crays. Have not started yet

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Mindarie

Fri, 2018-11-30 08:32

 Got 2 whites from 4 pots out at Mindarie. Pros have bombed the edge I fish up to the point where it was hard to get to 1 pot with their long ropes so close.  The whole place was deserted when my pots first went in to soak.

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Some arsehole chopped my floats off

Fri, 2018-11-30 09:40

 Were had lead on for 5 years luckily rope was floating. Got 4 keepers from 3 pots.

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Bugger ,got few

Fri, 2018-11-30 09:48

Whites today in pots rocko. Mon/ tue surely must be in full flight

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none today

Fri, 2018-11-30 11:52

Back Garden Island 16 mtrs

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Another Duck

Fri, 2018-11-30 14:40

 0 from 6 off Freo again today. That two maidens to start this innings.

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Their showing up

Fri, 2018-11-30 14:45

 North of the river.had a guy wave me down and give me his ticket today, passed it on when we pulled out.

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No crays yet

Fri, 2018-11-30 17:08

 Has anyone ever done any research on sea water temperatures and how it affects the cray run? I am told by a source that the waters of Ocean Reef are 4 degrees cooler this year (18.5c) than in 2018. I always thought that water termperature didn't vary that much. 

Our tally 2016-51, 2017-23, 2018-0.  

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I can confirm the spray

Fri, 2018-11-30 17:46

I can confirm the spray coming off my boat at ocean reef has currently got icicles in it at 430am

 

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I always was told go on native trees

Fri, 2018-11-30 20:14

Flowering , also sea grass flowering. Sea grass been flowering for a week ( failed) native plants half bloom pretty close. Anyway don't know. Only what I was told from early age. Can't beat nature

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 Xmas trees Johnny, don't

Fri, 2018-11-30 20:33

 Xmas trees Johnny, don't think they've bloomed yet?

 

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Fri, 2018-11-30 21:45

They have down my way Andy, and fully too. 

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No not them ones

Fri, 2018-11-30 20:54

Wattle trees, look like crap and attract millions of bees.:):)

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 Ahhhh ha ha 

Fri, 2018-11-30 21:00

 Ahhhh ha ha 

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Is a shared pot

Sat, 2018-12-01 05:50

 Have the owners id and a shared pot id, only 2 floats? It appears it does. I'd  better take one off ours.

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 pulled the pots this morning

Sat, 2018-12-01 09:02

 pulled the pots this morning and still zero. Bait not even touched. 10m deep 1.2Nm past Mewstones

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Any luck today for anyone out

Sat, 2018-12-01 09:05

Any luck today for anyone out from ocean reef?

1st pull for us today, got 1 keeper, few blokes I spoke to at the ramp also all had 1 each  

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Few guys at OR ramp this

Sat, 2018-12-01 09:35

Few guys at OR ramp this morning had their bag, most had 1’s and 2’s.

mate got 13 from 4, all white, just behind 3mile  

we put ours in at OR yesterday. Didn’t expect any this morning due to no soak time but went 0,1,4,0, with 4 keepers. 3 whites 1 red.

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3 from 2 after dropping

Sat, 2018-12-01 10:09

3 from 2 after dropping yesterday. OR.  

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Few people lost

Sat, 2018-12-01 10:47

Half there gear last few days. Fair few extra wrecks on bottom. Or someone needed them more.sad. Most people got small numbers out from rocko today. Some got great catches

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 We got 6 today, all white,

Sat, 2018-12-01 11:46

 We got 6 today, all white, just starting. 

 

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 Where have you got your pots

Sat, 2018-12-01 14:09

 Where have you got your pots John?