Crabbing the Swan

Guys, planning to go crabbing in the swan on Sunday from the boat.  Does anyone recommend any places to try?  What length rope would I need on the pots?  I heard Carl Langdon on the radio the other day saying he got a bucket full of nice sized ones in the swan.

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Took the family out last

Sat, 2009-01-10 12:48

Took the family out last weekend to drop nets at Blackwall and we didnt get even one.  There were 4 boats doing the cuircuit and out of the 40 pots dropped, only one undersized crab came up.  Till confirmed there was nothing down there as he did a dive while I was pulling the nets.

Looks like they are only out and about at night at the moment.  Did a dive at the Coombe and here were heaps and most at least 150mm, got one that was 170mm across on Wednesday.


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Sat, 2009-01-10 14:59

Your better of sticking to the shallower waters early in the season and leave the deeperwater till later on! Stick to depths of 5 to 10m and use 15m of rope!Drop your nets in areas between PT Walter and the Causeway Bridge atm! 

We got 10 biggens yesterday on my boat for half a day, biggest went 175mm carapace and 640mm nipper to nipper. They're full of meat and sweet as!



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Thanks for the advise, I

Sun, 2009-01-11 09:30

Thanks for the advise, I will give that a go and let you know how I get on.

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I found that in the arvo I

Tue, 2009-01-13 22:09

I found that in the arvo I was only getting females with eggs (around claremont) till about 6:00pm.  Was going to head back to the ramp but thought 1 more swim would be the go.  Did the last pull around Nedlands at about 7:30 and got a few nice sized blues. I would say they are on the move from about 7:00 onwards.