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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from 4 pots we got 6 keepers

Sun, 2018-12-02 06:26

from 4 pots we got 6 keepers yesterday and 4 under, all white except 1. behind GI

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Nothing Today

Sun, 2018-12-02 08:37

they have not started yet

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Whites

Sun, 2018-12-02 09:35

 Got 17 keepers and returned 18 undersize from 4 pots on first pull Saturday morning after 3 day soak. 2 red the rest whites.

Out of Two Rocks

 

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We got 19 today at OR. 4

Sun, 2018-12-02 10:24

We got 19 today at OR. 4 pots. All size.  

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I'm suprised

Sun, 2018-12-02 12:24

 How big they are westy

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 I got 7 today all in the

Sun, 2018-12-02 11:12

 I got 7 today all in the first pot i pulled was pretty happy did better than the other guys who were at the ramp when we came in. Out from woodies

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13 keepers from 3 pots

Sun, 2018-12-02 11:40

 Put the 4th pot in after putting new floats on.

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We got 3 from 4 today out

Sun, 2018-12-02 13:41

We got 3 from 4 today out from ocean reef, all 10-15mm over size. 

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 Is anyone getting anything

Sun, 2018-12-02 14:11

 Is anyone getting anything out of Fremantle? 

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 They have certainly started

Sun, 2018-12-02 14:51

 They have certainly started up our way with a mate getting 26 in one pot yesterday and 19 in one pot the day before. My finally getting dropped on Wednesday.

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 Double figures today.

Sun, 2018-12-02 15:17

 Double figures today. Starting to move now. Tomorrow will be better. 

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Funny ATM some

Sun, 2018-12-02 15:29

Getting none . Some bagging out. Small pockets .

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 2 from 2 pots in 10 metres

Sun, 2018-12-02 16:36

 2 from 2 pots in 10 metres longreach ish region this morning 

1 white 1 red

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Not bad size uncle. No need

Sun, 2018-12-02 16:40

Not bad size uncle. No need for checking...but do anyway.  

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Still in the same spot

Sun, 2018-12-02 17:14

 We are.might get out every day this week.

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Yes mate.  Same spot as last

Sun, 2018-12-02 19:29

Yes mate.  Same spot as last few years.  Got my third license on board for tomorrow so hoping for 24  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Taking tanks tomoz

Sun, 2018-12-02 20:32

Bugger waiting for them to move:)

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 8 today, small step

Mon, 2018-12-03 09:10

 8 today, small step backwards 

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Yeah I came back to earth

Mon, 2018-12-03 09:18

Yeah I came back to earth with a thud....2 from 6 pots.  

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lol me too...8 on sat, none

Mon, 2018-12-03 09:59

lol me too...8 on sat, none since, and checked both sun and monday....mind you i swear my pots were at least 100m from where i put them in..... :/ was getting excited there for a while....

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Deploying tomorrw

Mon, 2018-12-03 10:25

Im deploying tomorrow. Based on Westy's report from yesterday I was getting all excited. Was it a false start?

 

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Same as johnf

Mon, 2018-12-03 12:00

 Only 8 today

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 Arent we all greedy bums. 

Mon, 2018-12-03 13:15

 Arent we all greedy bums. 

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Whites

Mon, 2018-12-03 14:50

 2nd pull today, just got the 24 boat limit on the last pot which only had 3. All other pots shared limit with lots of undersize returned.

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Lol 8 also

Mon, 2018-12-03 18:56

Makes me wonder if there not going to start from shallows this year.

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it does look that way!

Mon, 2018-12-03 19:34

it does look that way!

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 Yeah I got fuck all in my 2

Mon, 2018-12-03 21:18

 Yeah I got fuck all in my 2 shallow pots that normally clean up every year when everyone is deeper. Mindarie

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No prob bagging out diving

Tue, 2018-12-04 04:56

No prob bagging out diving 22m Mandurah

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Reds

Tue, 2018-12-04 05:11

we got all reds diving. I didn't see any whites. Hillaries. 

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8 white keepers from 3 pots

Tue, 2018-12-04 06:53

8 white keepers from 3 pots this morning ocean reef, still pretty soft shells so should keep picking up, hopefully full pots this weekend.

also returned a big berried up Jenny and 2 undersize whites.

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 15 today. 3 pots barren, 1

Tue, 2018-12-04 11:00

 15 today. 3 pots barren, 1 pot loaded, so still very patchy. 

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Yep

Tue, 2018-12-04 13:27

 Only 1 out of 4 pots. There's  not many legs and feelers at the wash down area

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 2 today off Freo first for

Tue, 2018-12-04 13:43

 2 today off Freo first for the season, hard whites

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Doing it tough this year out

Tue, 2018-12-04 13:59

Doing it tough this year out of OR, so far running a 4 a day average from 4 pots! 4 days fishing so far

last year ran a 9-10 a day average.  

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Hmmm yep couldn’t be arsed

Tue, 2018-12-04 14:31

Hmmm yep couldn’t be arsed this morning. Bad year or slow start?? 

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Are they further

Tue, 2018-12-04 14:59

 Out allready

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Think you maybe right

Tue, 2018-12-04 16:18

Think you maybe right Unc

watched a pro boat hit 18-25m for 4 days in a row, setting back where he’s pulling. If wasn’t catching doubt he’d stick around.

only numbers I’m hearing of seem to be on back of 3mile already 

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Hey FYI, according to my

Tue, 2018-12-04 16:28

Hey FYI, according to my diary, last year they started to walk on the new moon (18th November) and the week after that they fired. So I just think they have started a month later this year, hopefully catches start to improve this weekend. I got 7 keepers 10m’s deep, way inside the 3mile today and 1 keeper from 20m’s deep on the back edge of the 3. 

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Two Rocks

Tue, 2018-12-04 16:45

My son is a pro cray fisherman out of Two Rocks. They have been averaging 20 a pot for around 10 days now. Just moved some out to 20 metres but the inside ones are still better. Hopefully Ocean Reef will fire soon, but based on what he's telling me, I'm surprised we are not getting big numbers now.

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0 from 4

Tue, 2018-12-04 17:48

People I know back off 3 mile hillarys bagging no problem. Maybe just late out of rocko ?.

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 Dropping pots tomorrow north

Tue, 2018-12-04 20:30

 Dropping pots tomorrow north of two rocks. Fingers crossed, weather looking pretty average till Monday. 

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Good luck mateheaps of room

Tue, 2018-12-04 20:48

Good luck mate

heaps of room in my freezer if you run out of storage space  

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 22 from 2 pots this morning

Wed, 2018-12-05 06:43

 22 from 2 pots this morning still some soft ones afew reds

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 I've monitored the run for

Wed, 2018-12-05 07:27

 I've monitored the run for 15 years so have noticed a few things.

What I've found is on average the run starts about the 5th December.

Last year the run started 3 weeks earlier.

About 5 years ago we had a run that was late,about 12 December.

 

There's alot of guys bleeding down at the ramps  but they will all be eating crays st xmas.

 

 

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Thanks for the hope mate. 4

Wed, 2018-12-05 07:56

Thanks for the hope mate. 4 from 4 this morning and a big que back at the ramp.  

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 12 today. Pros pulling

Wed, 2018-12-05 08:31

 12 today. Pros pulling around us not getting many, a few pots we saw were empty.

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Plenty of punters out this

Wed, 2018-12-05 08:34

Plenty of punters out this morning, busiest I've seen the ramp for a while.

We pulled 3 pots for 0 crays.. got them in 14m at the moment

Spoke to some guys at the ramp who said they were in 20-25m and were doing well.. may have to move deeper if we keep getting doughnuts haha

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12 for us this morning

Wed, 2018-12-05 08:49

All White. From six pots but all caught in two. 

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 5 from 2 all white, 1

Wed, 2018-12-05 09:23

 5 from 2 all white, 1 undersize front and back of FFB behind GI. Similar stories from most at the ramp. I notice the bait is lasting longer and there aren't as many of those sea lice, water temp (surface) at about 19.5 degrees. 

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By my reckoning water is

Wed, 2018-12-05 10:38

By my reckoning water is about 3 degrees cooler than this week last year. Had a surface temp of 18 at OR this morning.

 

Also saw a graph in the PGFC newsletter this week that the water waaaay off shore was 20 degrees late last month but had dropped 19 by 2nd Dec. but that’s waaay off shore and closer to shore was another 2-4 degrees cooler.

weird shit

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0,0,0,9 this morning, 7

Wed, 2018-12-05 10:31

0,0,0,9 this morning, 7 size

the 9 were in a pot that was on its own in no mans land in 12m

obviously bombed that pot with the other 3 pots - hopefully better numbers tomorrow...hopefully!

 

insane busy ramp at OR this morning, was full on from 415 onwards, back in marina by 515 but it was 550 before getting boat back on trailer and off home. Not much stacking space inside the marina if jetties are all full...glad it wasn’t windy else might have been playing bumper cars.

Happy to say nobody yelling or carrying on...everyone patient.

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Out again from Mandurah for 0

Wed, 2018-12-05 11:19

Went out to the back of the 5 fathom for another doughnut this morning and didn't see any feelers in the boats that went before us so won't bother to pull for a couple more days, quietest start for a few years.

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 Out north of the service

Wed, 2018-12-05 13:09

 Out north of the service this morning I got 1. Very quiet

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 Cluster fuck for us Chris,

Wed, 2018-12-05 11:27

 Cluster fuck for us Chris, my mate's dinghy motor started playing up as soon as we put it in gear  under load. What a load of fun on the beach with a boat loaded with pots getting waves up the arse end and full of water trying to load back on the trailer FFS. New Ranger went well on the sand though one consolation. Just not menat to be for us at the moment. 

One good think though the diggers and front end loaders were up there fixing the ramp corrosion so maybe in a week I'll be able to launch the Quinny.

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That sux arse mateIll shout

Wed, 2018-12-05 21:51

That sux arse mate

Ill shout you a simpathy beer and consolation cray when you get back to the big smoke mate....

tough going

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 Cheers Chris, yeah a wasted

Thu, 2018-12-06 09:04

 Cheers Chris, yeah a wasted trip up there apart from the beers Tuesday night lol.

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Only

Wed, 2018-12-05 11:46

 5 today 

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 6 whites from 4 pots off OR

Wed, 2018-12-05 15:23

 6 whites from 4 pots off OR this morning after dropping in last weekend. All in approx 10m but the one furtherest out had all 6. 

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16 from one dive in shallow

Wed, 2018-12-05 16:29

16 from one dive in shallow for us today. No pots anywhere near where we were. Very nice morning on and under the water. 

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 Just out of  curiosity

Thu, 2018-12-06 06:14

 Just out of  curiosity  we're  you behind  garden island? 

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Was out behind Carnac, before

Thu, 2018-12-06 09:36

Was out behind Carnac, before any of the pots in 8-11m  

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 no worries  i was behind

Thu, 2018-12-06 10:37

 no worries  i was behind  garden island  yesterday and saw 2 divers on a shallow  reef i have always  wondered about / how many  crays it would  hold, was  wondering  if  it was you guys 

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Busy day at the OR ramp

Wed, 2018-12-05 17:53

 Caught 10 size 2 under after two day pull out from OR. At last.   

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Busy day at the OR ramp

Wed, 2018-12-05 17:54

 Caught 10 size 2 under after two day pull out from OR. At last.   

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Busy day at the OR ramp

Wed, 2018-12-05 17:55

 Caught 10 size 2 under after two day pull out from OR. At last.   

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 Sorry to hear about your

Wed, 2018-12-05 21:13

 Sorry to hear about your morning Andy i have certainly been there smaller boat doesn't always mean easy launch you have to be quick if the motor doesn't start /run you are in trouble. I have 2 pots now in a 5 square metre area that are doing well get out of that and you get nothing 

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 Yeah absolutely Guy, some

Thu, 2018-12-06 09:05

 Yeah absolutely Guy, some quick thinking was required and a decision made to get it back in. 

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 Heaps of crays behind GI, 54

Thu, 2018-12-06 08:05

 Heaps of crays behind GI, 54 out of 6, all whites except 1 red jumbo. 20m mark

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 Good to hear someone’s

Thu, 2018-12-06 14:25

 Good to hear someone’s getting some numbers down our way  finally. Was today your first good day or have you been getting numbers for a while?  We been getting 3-4 out of 6 pots last couple of weeks. Long soaks though. 

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 That was our first bag out.

Thu, 2018-12-06 15:09

 That was our first bag out. Hadn’t been pulled for a week and a half. Had been getting small numbers and 1 donut before this. Still had heaps of bait after a week and a half so they have only just started. Hopefully a slow start means a long run.

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bagged our 24 this morning,

Thu, 2018-12-06 09:53

bagged our 24 this morning, with a few to spare. Quite a few little ones as well.

The wind was a bit of a surprise at 5.15!

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Solo run for me with low

Thu, 2018-12-06 14:36

Solo run for me with low expectations. Had about 13 in 2 pots..... I don’t want to jinx my luck like last time but I think the run has started. 

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got none

Thu, 2018-12-06 14:56

got none yesterday...hopefully my luck will pick up tomorrow.....getting hungry!

 

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Checked it out this morning

Thu, 2018-12-06 20:53

Checked it out this morning but way too windy at 4:00am for my 16ft boat. Went back down this arvo and managed 12 keepers, 8 from 1 pot, 4 from another pot and 2 empty pots. 

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4am rolled over

Thu, 2018-12-06 22:06

 and back to sleep , 6:30 wind was down so hit it at 730 . only 5 white keepers today from 4 out of mindarie. hopefully by next frid when this wind f%$@s off, we will be bagging out. 

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1 off

Fri, 2018-12-07 07:37

23 whites this morning. Happy days 

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 Nice mate.

Fri, 2018-12-07 07:56

 Nice mate.

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Finally ...24 

Fri, 2018-12-07 08:32

Finally ...24 

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 Me and a mate bagged out two

Fri, 2018-12-07 08:37

 Me and a mate bagged out two pots mindarie today. 13 keepers in one pot all whites 

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five fathom?

Fri, 2018-12-07 08:53

Any reports from the five fathom woodman point way?

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Very Busy at OR Boat harbour

Fri, 2018-12-07 10:03

Bagged out today. First for the season.

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 Got our 24 bag from 4 pots

Fri, 2018-12-07 10:28

 Got our 24 bag from 4 pots this morning. It's on. 

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what marina

Fri, 2018-12-07 10:37

Where are you out off John?

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New moon full pots, called it

Fri, 2018-12-07 11:30

New moon full pots, called it  

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 Should up the bag limit for

Fri, 2018-12-07 11:36

 Should up the bag limit for the whites run. Stupid amount of effort for 8 crays. Maybe for the month of December rec fishos should get 10 each. Im only catching a feed for family and xmas

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This is depressing reading

Fri, 2018-12-07 11:38

 Pulled six pots this morning for 1 cray.  We got 7 keepers in one pot yesterday however the other 3 pots were donuts.

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6 and a stuck pot off Freo

Fri, 2018-12-07 11:52

6 and a stuck pot off Freo today

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Still struggling off Freo

Fri, 2018-12-07 12:43

I share your pain Alan James. Pulled our first pot this morning with two tar spot whites. (WTF?) The next five were donuts. We now have 1 keeper from 6 X 5 runs. Same spot we were bagging out this time last year in the Stragglers area. Anybody doing well off Freo?

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same....1 cray out form

Fri, 2018-12-07 12:57

same....1 cray out form hillarys...2 pots. judging by the the que at the ramp, the run has started! unfortunately my pots tell a different story lol. christmas lunch is looking a bit sparse!

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Mate got 15 from 6 pots Pt Kennedy

Fri, 2018-12-07 13:24

And he only put them in yesterday morning so didn’t even have a soak ....all from 12-15 metres