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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thinking we need the swell to

Fri, 2018-12-14 14:17

thinking we need the swell to get them moving a bit more

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 I wonder if it is stopping

Fri, 2018-12-14 13:31

 I wonder if it is stopping or not brought home 13 today 1 pot had 2 crays but about 8 empty shells from mr occy lost a pot id say its been proped have the gps mark so will have a better look when I have the time . All whites were still soft some decent size to for in close. 

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i got 2 from one pot. the

Fri, 2018-12-14 14:53

i got 2 from one pot. the other had the bait lid opened and emptied, and surprisingly no crays. any idea what could have done this? has happened to me once or twice before....i checked it and not faulty, closes very securely.... ive heard maybe seals can do this? reckon an occy do it?

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9 keepers off ocean reef

Fri, 2018-12-14 15:42

9 keepers off ocean reef early this arvo, 2 just size and the other 7 between 10-25mm over size, the 25mm oversize cray is the biggest white I’ve ever gotten

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 What type of pot i had a

Fri, 2018-12-14 17:14

 What type of pot i had a plastic pot that would loose its bait as i pulled it up as i saw the trail one day so from then on i cable tied them shut every time no problems after that. I had afew pots out in different spots but now have moved them all to the productive area where i am getting around 10 crays per pot easy if i checked it daily i would probably get alot more. 

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One Day Pull - picked up eight

Fri, 2018-12-14 19:22

 Still continuing our run. Picked up eight on a one day pull after another bagout on Thursday morning. The Occys are a constant problem even now on one day pulls. They always seem to always attack the biggest cray in the pot and I would like to know if this is normal.

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Everyone doing

Fri, 2018-12-14 19:49

Well back edge of 5. I've stayed in . Getting a feed no huge numbers.

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We got a bag easy diving

Fri, 2018-12-14 20:02

We got a bag easy diving today. 12 on the back of the bank but still shallow (10m) then in behind Carnac for the last 4 in 8m.  Did my good deed for the day and recovered Someone’s pot for them first up too. Ropes had been cut off, visibility was that good they could easily see it from the surface, dropped down float bag attached back in boat all in 4 minutes and they got their pot back. 

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Well done

Sat, 2018-12-15 15:58

May goog karma ride with you all this season, and one lucky potter has got an early Christmas present.

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 Wellllll finally dropped

Sat, 2018-12-15 09:50

 Wellllll finally dropped ours, better late than never I guess. Got pulled up by fisheries on the way back in in their dirty great Naiad, he mentioned thye would film our entire conversation. No problem would prefer that so there's no bullshit. Anyway just informed us of the new rope laws etc. I should have mentioned the pro pots near ours in 8m of water with at least a 25m length of rope running down the surface. 

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 got out this morning on the

Sun, 2018-12-16 12:12

 got out this morning on the wild seas, and it was fairly wild, pots still there although had moved slightly with one stuck but freed

 

bulk crays tho, swell has them up and about

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Nice work, bit too wild for

Sun, 2018-12-16 16:44

Nice work, bit too wild for me today in my 16ft runabout!

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Only a couple of boats out of OR today.

Sun, 2018-12-16 19:39

 Tough work today out off Ocean Reef this morning but we caught some the biggest whites I have seen this year. My 4.75 Coraline handed the weather conditions far better that me I'm afraid. Then I saw a guy going out on his own in an open dinghy. Good luck I thought.   

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 I pull in the arvos in my

Sun, 2018-12-16 19:45

 I pull in the arvos in my 525 coraline.Good hulls you will give up before they do.Done it plenty of times in 25-30knots Been patchy for us off ocean but enough for a feed.Hope theres a few in the pots tommorow after this weather.

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 That's good to know they're

Sun, 2018-12-16 20:07

 That's good to know they're still about, first pull for us this Wednesday. Fingers F^%*n crossed.

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You’ll smash it mate, my

Sun, 2018-12-16 20:47

You’ll smash it mate, my neighbour bagged out this morning again 24 

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 Cheers Chris, will let you

Sun, 2018-12-16 22:11

 Cheers Chris, will let you know.

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Good feed this morn

Mon, 2018-12-17 08:56

Still inside 5.

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Little Johnny - how were the

Mon, 2018-12-17 11:17

Little Johnny - how were the conditions this morning? I'm hoping to head out tomorrow morning off Port Kennedy and drop a pot at the 5. Interested to know because I only have a 4.75m runabout. Cheers

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It wasn't pleasant

Mon, 2018-12-17 20:54

Crays suck. Got 1 good wave. Bilge sorted it out.

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6 more

Mon, 2018-12-17 12:05

 off o reef today

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 16 today, bit rough,

Mon, 2018-12-17 16:23

 16 today, bit rough, conditons improving this week. Pots in this weekend.

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30

Tue, 2018-12-18 07:41

30 in pot. pot out deep well past three mile, for the ones marching out. Pot near reef pulling 50% resident reds. Pulling pots in this weekend also. Got enough.

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 Hey snuffs, I'm curious to

Thu, 2018-12-20 13:31

 Hey snuffs, I'm curious to know when setting your pots past the reef line in the sand, are you simply dropping and hoping the whites will find your pots? Or do you look for other pots and assume they're doing well? I moved mine about 200-300m off the 5 fathom bank off Port Kennedy this morning. Haven't been getting too many at all say 20m west off the reef edge.

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 yep mine will come in the

Mon, 2018-12-17 19:02

 yep mine will come in the weekend, pleeeeeeenty of crays

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8 from 2 this morning, 1 cray

Tue, 2018-12-18 07:31

8 from 2 this morning, 1 cray easy over 1kg and another that’s gotta be 2kg, I’ll weigh and measure it up and throw a photo up after work today.

The ocean was a pleasure to be on this morning too! 

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25 this morning. Only a

Tue, 2018-12-18 07:39

25 this morning. Only a couple caught in close near reef. Rest pulled from mid 30’s.

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22

Tue, 2018-12-18 08:15

For us. Still in close 10/12 m 

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20 today. Still in 13m.  

Tue, 2018-12-18 09:16

20 today. Still in 13m.  

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Another 6 for us, all huge

Tue, 2018-12-18 10:46

Another 6 for us, all huge though

Strange season, havent pulled a single undersize cray

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 30 in 3 pots today, didn't

Tue, 2018-12-18 12:36

 30 in 3 pots today, didn't pull the others

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6 today at Ocean Reef

Tue, 2018-12-18 19:51

 Lovely day out on the ocean at 5.15am with the carpark nearly full. Caught 6 nice size and again no cackers to worry about. Talk 30 min to finally get the boat out of the water but even thats OK when you have some crays to take home.    

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11 keepers this morning from

Wed, 2018-12-19 07:03

11 keepers this morning from 2 pots, and 2 empty pots. A few more pulls and then pots are coming out either Sunday or boxing day 

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 17 and 16 last two days and

Wed, 2018-12-19 08:18

 17 and 16 last two days and I am done for the season. Not as good as last year, where we bagged out almost every day, this year averaged about 16.   

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How deep

Wed, 2018-12-19 11:04

are you now John? I might have my first crack this year Friday  

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12

Wed, 2018-12-19 11:18

 This morning, starting to drop off in close. Bring the pots in tomorrow, had a good season, plenty to share with family and friends for Christmas. 

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 21 today off freo

Wed, 2018-12-19 11:46

 21 today off freo

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 Yasss first pull this

Wed, 2018-12-19 12:12

 Yasss first pull this morning and 16, mixture of whites and reds. 

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 Well done Andy i checked my

Wed, 2018-12-19 13:05

 Well done Andy i checked my pots this morning only got 4 1red but bait was demolished still bait left though i think my spot is empty now

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 Cheers Guy, takes the

Wed, 2018-12-19 14:23

 Cheers Guy, takes the pressure off. Will have another crack Saturday and first Dhuie bash.

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 Sounds like xmas meals will

Wed, 2018-12-19 18:01

 Sounds like xmas meals will be sorted shortly. Im hoping to get some good weather over new years and maybe catch a dhue from the dinghy up at Leeman id be happy with a baldy also. 

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Leeman is one of the best

Wed, 2018-12-19 19:57

Leeman is one of the best spots for a dhuie from the tinny mate! Just gotta hope for some nice weather at this time of year, good luck mate  

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 Mate used to have a shack

Thu, 2018-12-20 08:02

 Mate used to have a shack 25km north of Leeman about 20 years ago. The Dhuies were thick up there mate and the diving was insane.

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 Hopefully the weather gods

Wed, 2018-12-19 20:03

 Hopefully the weather gods help me  

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drying up around Mindarie

Thu, 2018-12-20 14:51

drying up around Mindarie now, only a dozen this morning. Others at the ramp were reporting even lower numbers and pro's have moved out deeper

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I went for a dive today,

Thu, 2018-12-20 16:10

I went for a dive today, expected it to be a bit bare but first spot in 18m was loaded. We had to do 2 dives as came up 3 short of our 24 first up. They haven’t all walked out deep just yet off garden island. 

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5 fathom

Fri, 2018-12-21 13:57

 Still going well out on the 5 from freo!

Last 6 days we have bagged out 3 licences and throwing as many back each day. I would say theyre picking up where we are if anything.

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 Yep no shortage  of  them

Fri, 2018-12-21 14:47

 Yep no shortage  of  them today off G I in the pots  easy 24  with many to spare 

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Still getting our boat limit

Sat, 2018-12-22 14:43

Still getting our boat limit off Freo, although a 3 day soak. Averaging 8 a pot. Had a dive today as I had to free one of my pots and could see everyone else's were full too. 

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6 today pots

Sun, 2018-12-23 12:57

 Out now.

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