Crays 2021

Every getting ready ,should be good run this year. 1 month to go . Funny enough it was around this time of year got our first softy’s ( diving) water like mud atm . Water to cold for me also . Getting soft.


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i done same few weeks ago

Sun, 2021-11-28 20:31

my always spot. dead ,nothing. i just changed location. taking last pot out tomoz and putting real bait in pots(pig fat/blue mac).then go for swim

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War Zone

Sun, 2021-11-28 08:50

 Checked my pots yesterday morning and it looked like a war zone, must have been 20+ boats , all with divers flags up stretched along the section of reef where ours were.  

Got bugger all from our so picked up 2 and headed about 2nm north and the other 2 out onto a bit of a lump further out in 14 metres but will have to move them by tomorrow as a dredge is due to start cleaning up the shipping channel on Monday  and wer are not too far from where they drop the spoil .

Mates who dives got their 16 in 11 minutes 3 weeks back at a spot off Mininimup went back there on Friday, legs and feelers everywhere and crays as nervous as buggery from the amount of attention they have been getting in the last fortnight

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Think it's started

Sun, 2021-11-28 08:53

 Mayhem at or this morning

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Saturday

Sun, 2021-11-28 09:42

 Saturday, just north of the Cut in Bunbury

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 Solo run for me this

Sun, 2021-11-28 10:32

 Solo run for me this morning. 11 in first pot. Was a quick trip. OR. 

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 1 white from four pots,

Sun, 2021-11-28 11:39

 1 white from four pots, 8-11m garden Island.

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 1 white for me to today.

Sun, 2021-11-28 13:27

 1 white for me to today. Will check next in a few days 

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 My boy is full-time with

Mon, 2021-11-29 11:46

 My boy is full-time with early starts at the co-op from today

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First pot big white

Mon, 2021-11-29 15:56

2nd pot nothing (3 big sharks). 3 rd pot big white . Dropped 4 th one out today.

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 Have come up with a grand

Mon, 2021-11-29 20:25

 Have come up with a grand plan to hopefully get two pots in the water on Sunday. Fingers crossed as we'll be right in the thick of the run I reckon. 

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 Read somewhere yesterday

Tue, 2021-11-30 05:43

 Read somewhere yesterday Andy someone got 24 crays out of their 2 pots up at Leeman, so pretty well timed. 

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 Sounds about right Guy, The

Tue, 2021-11-30 07:23

 Sounds about right Guy, The townies up at the Bird were furiously dropping pots over the weekend lol. 

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On the money

Mon, 2021-11-29 21:09

I would say

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Been waiting patiently

Mon, 2021-11-29 21:58

Putting them out Wednesday morning.  

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First white today

Tue, 2021-11-30 12:02

 1 from 4 pots. Mindarie 

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 I saw bag out reports from

Tue, 2021-11-30 15:45

 I saw bag out reports from Mindarie...not sure if it was true or not. I'm stuck up north so can't get out for a few days

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Baiting half size pots

Tue, 2021-11-30 19:51

 How many tuna heads do I need to put in the bait box of a half size pot and how often does the bait need change? Will appreciate some advise I'm a bit new at this. Cheers in advance.

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 Fill it up, why not.  Change

Tue, 2021-11-30 20:51

 Fill it up, why not.  Change as much as u can afford to.  Sea lice will take care of it anyway.  Nothing to it really.  Good luck.

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Believe it or not

Tue, 2021-11-30 21:20

Better off with less bait . Water circulates around bait better . More scent. Hand full off pig fat . Half blue Mackeral..killer combo

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Thanks for that LJ,  Still

Wed, 2021-12-01 08:12

Thanks for that LJ,  Still got a lot to learn obviously!  Going backwards,  nothing in 4 pots today.Water is filthy out there, maybe have something to do with it?.

Bloke said he got 20 at the back of the 3 mile.

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11 yesterday form 4 pots.

Wed, 2021-12-01 08:54

11 yesterday form 4 pots. from hillarys in about 10m.

all whites. one borderline size so thrown back.

 

3,5,1,3.

hopefully on the move!

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I think we can

Wed, 2021-12-01 11:33

 Say, there on!

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First one!

Wed, 2021-12-01 10:20

 Pretty happy with this one, first cray from a pot.  All the effort and money (tipper, winch, wiring, fuel, wireless foot switch, bait) is worth it.

Hopefully the first of many 

 

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Little Johnny Pig fat

Wed, 2021-12-01 12:06

 I am not sure that putting Pig fat into the pots is a great idea,as we know Pigs are said to resemble humans tha is why the organs can be used in some proccedurse It seems we have enough sharks enterested in the pots with out the added smell i am not critisizing you Johnny but just asking the question. 

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Pig fat doesn’t resemble

Wed, 2021-12-01 13:05

Us at all . Pig fat has been used for many years ( pros) it’s nothing new .Best holding bait you can have

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 It resembles my ex missus!

Wed, 2021-12-01 14:57

 It resembles my ex missus!

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Nasty nasty

Wed, 2021-12-01 18:31

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It's on Today

Thu, 2021-12-02 08:32

 It's on today out off Port Kennedy got our bag easily 

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 Yep same behind  GI for us 

Thu, 2021-12-02 08:52

 Yep same behind  GI for us 

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 I'm sulking today haha. 

Thu, 2021-12-02 09:07

 I'm sulking today haha.  Moved the pots out a little today.  I am officially crap at crayfishing. 

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Crap at crayfishing

Thu, 2021-12-02 12:07

 I would bet that I am much more crapper at it than you.

Quiet for me off Ocean Reef

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 We should all create a

Thu, 2021-12-02 12:28

 We should all create a club

 

 

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 16 on the dot from 4 pots. 1

Thu, 2021-12-02 09:12

 16 on the dot from 4 pots. 1 pot had 0. Behind gi

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Ohh their on

Thu, 2021-12-02 12:29

 Now, hallelujah.

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Glory ..

Thu, 2021-12-02 12:56

Fellas we shall have our glory . Feel

it my bones .. cheers pirate 

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 Folks got 0 from 4 in

Fri, 2021-12-03 11:48

 Folks got 0 from 4 in Shoalwater...

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Far out ledges full

Fri, 2021-12-03 22:32

There.

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 They said the water was

Sat, 2021-12-04 08:27

 They said the water was filthy so it has dashed my interest in a swim. Can't be far off

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 Got some today. Happy. 

Sat, 2021-12-04 08:30

 Got some today. Happy. 

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 We got our 16. 10m back of

Sat, 2021-12-04 09:30

 We got our 16. 10m back of gi. 

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First pull this morning

Sat, 2021-12-04 11:08

Got 22 from 4 pots. Cracking start!! Mandurah. 

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 19 from 4 today. hadn't

Sat, 2021-12-04 11:50

 19 from 4 today. hadn't pulled since Sunday so happy with that. OR. 

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 First big catch today for me

Sat, 2021-12-04 12:47

 First big catch today for me today best pot had 16

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How do crayfish taste after

Sat, 2021-12-04 15:23

How do crayfish taste after being attacked by occy? Is it ok to eat if they were still alive but missing a bunch of legs and not as lively..

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 I eat them if they are alive

Sat, 2021-12-04 15:37

 I eat them if they are alive

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 Cheers

Sat, 2021-12-04 16:07

 Cheers

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Mewstone

Sat, 2021-12-04 16:08

 0 today from 2 pots 

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Make sure occy

Sat, 2021-12-04 17:27

Has not done small bite ( it only is small) they inject fluid into cray. Slowly kills cray and makes flesh turn to almost liquid. So they can suck flesh out. I bought one home last year after occo attack 2 hours later cray went funny colour . Flesh turned to soup

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 Cheers, the meat is a little

Sat, 2021-12-04 18:25

 Cheers, the meat is a little discoloured but seemed normal texture. 

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 Yewww dropped pots today,

Sun, 2021-12-05 12:20

 Yewww dropped pots today, Wednesday hopefully first check.

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 Finally some crays....

Tue, 2021-12-07 08:31

 Finally some crays.... numbers been average for us, mostly around 10-14, today we got our first bag!!! 7th of December is bloody late!

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 I reckon Bodie. Very

Tue, 2021-12-07 09:49

 I reckon Bodie. Very ordinary this year NoR ...a small run last week and then really slow. 

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Marina build

Tue, 2021-12-07 13:07

 Anyone reckon its got anything to do with the new marina build at Ocean Reef? Water is consistently dirty and soupy where I normally pot.

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thinking the same

Tue, 2021-12-07 20:44

 we were just talking today about it. we are north of mindarie and the water has been unusually dark for this time of

year and thought it might be due to all the stirring up at ocean reef

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Easterly

Tue, 2021-12-07 21:59

 Usually with an easterly in the late arvo its crystal clear. Still needed the sounder in 11m today to differentiate between sand and reef (and my eyes aren't that bad).

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 Same problem up at the bird

Wed, 2021-12-08 10:48

 Same problem up at the bird BJ I had my polaroids on and can usually pick out the good patches as we are only in 10m. No good this morning 6 crays from 6 pots all in different areas. I'm hoping it's a slow build up. No fresh cray salad with seafood sauce today 

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 Heading up tomorrow for

Tue, 2021-12-07 13:42

 Heading up tomorrow for first check, should be interesting. 6 pots between us 

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 I think mindarie and

Tue, 2021-12-07 13:57

 I think mindarie and Hillarys are in the same boat so not sure about the impact of the marina although it crossed my mind too. 

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 Water hasn't been too bad

Wed, 2021-12-08 05:14

 Water hasn't been too bad sor but still very few crays for me good day Saturday then Sunday all I got was what I left in the pot the day before. 

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 Very odd run this year...

Wed, 2021-12-08 07:17

 Very odd run this year... got 8 Sat, 4 Sun, 7 Tues. Still haven't got double figures yet. The whites do seem to be quite soft still so maybe they're still firing up, bloody late though! 

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 Winter did seem to last alot

Wed, 2021-12-08 09:02

 Winter did seem to last alot longer this year with a cooler and nastier spring than usual blowvember hit late and is still in full swing could it be that the crays are just confused? Hence the trickle feed?

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yeah im hoping its a late

Wed, 2021-12-08 10:31

yeah im hoping its a late start, but i have a feeling this is the actual run, and its just not going to be as good as the last few years.

we got 11 yesterday form 4 pots.

8 in 1 pot. 2 empty and 4 in the last. quite patchy. hillarys pot with 8 wa sinside 3 mile in 10m, 2 empty pots were 50m away form the one with 8.

pot with 4 was past 3 mile in about 15m.

certainly no ripper days yet...

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 How important is bait when

Wed, 2021-12-08 11:56

 How important is bait when they're running?

 

I've been told to add blue mackeral AND tuna heads.

 

Thoughts?

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i have alwasy found the blue

Wed, 2021-12-08 12:38

i have alwasy found the blue mack pretty good. i usually use a combo, the tuna heads last longer, but the blue mck are pretty oily, and since checking every few days during the run it doesnt really matter that they dont last as loong.

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Fresh bait

Wed, 2021-12-08 20:02

Very important. Small amounts regular

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21 today at OR after 2 day

Wed, 2021-12-08 13:38

21 today at OR after 2 day soak. 

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We've been getting our bag

Wed, 2021-12-08 16:46

We've been getting our bag since Saturday out off Port Kennedy.

It was hit and miss till Saturday and since then they've been good. 

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 Spent 6 hours in this

Wed, 2021-12-08 17:37

 Spent 6 hours in this glorious heat replacing brakes and bearings on the trailer.  Finally check the pots tomorrow after a week.  Excited!

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100 percent had a diver

Wed, 2021-12-08 20:07

On one of my pots today . Fresh bait gone in one . Exact spot . 2 neck slats loose . Didn’t get out till 3 pm . Did well out of other 3 .1 empty .

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 Same thing is happening in

Wed, 2021-12-08 22:30

 Same thing is happening in Mandurah little johnny. A mate had the hatches removed on both his pots. There was a boat with a flag up about 30m off his pots. Obviously not enough ocean to dive in with no pots on it.

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extremely frustrating when

Thu, 2021-12-09 09:28

extremely frustrating when that happens.

pretty suspicious i had someone pull one of my potts the other day.

it has been out a while so grown a lot of sludge/weed on the rope, and you could literally see the handprints on the first few meteres....

needless to say it was empty.. always gonna be some idiots out there :/

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Never stop it

Thu, 2021-12-09 11:34

Unfortunately.

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Last Saturday morning heading

Thu, 2021-12-09 12:15

Last Saturday morning heading to my pots, I check these first then usually go for a dive myself as needed... I crossed a very busy common patch which is loaded with Pots...I dived this spot a month back for an easy bag out before the potters moved in. Now the ramps were full its 7am and two boats have separated them selves nicely with there dive flags up basically blocking the patch out. Free ocean bla bla but myself knowing that time of the morning guys are coming to check and rebait there pots this had me scratching my head.

Yes most of my spots are loaded with Pots atm, yes I will dive these but will not sit in the middle of these first thing in the morning knowing pots will be holding crays and blokes want to access them with no worries.

As for divers taking your bait...funny shit!!

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 I think LJ was implying that

Thu, 2021-12-09 12:30

 I think LJ was implying that there had been crays in the pot as the bait was gone, not that divers took it!

 

We got another 7 from 6 pots of OR yesterday arvo. One pot cuaght 5 of the 7 yet pots 20m each side had donuts or singles. Still can't figure out this season. 

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You are correct

Thu, 2021-12-09 14:00

Other guy didn’t read .stealing bait funny

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 Do you reckon maybe a seal

Thu, 2021-12-09 14:02

 Do you reckon maybe a seal had a crack at the pot LJ? 

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Nah

Thu, 2021-12-09 15:43

Long arm . Lol . It’s all good part of the game.

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donuts first try

Thu, 2021-12-09 14:02

 Pulled my two pots for the first time this mornng NW of Carnac in 12m. PLenty of pots along the reef edge in the general vivinity, but I didn't see any crays coming up on the two boats hauling within sight.  For me no luck at all, with bait still there after a 4 day soak. Using tailor heads and frames, same as last year. Added a bit if extra bait and sent them back over, one in the same spot one a few 100m away. Same spots with same bait produced well the last two seasons. Fingers crossed for next pull in a few days.

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Had a seal shark what ever

Thu, 2021-12-09 15:07

 Smash the end of my pot today, fixed it up with cable ties for now, was a huge white still in it though

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finally, GI.

Thu, 2021-12-09 15:26

 Behind GI. Pulled pots sunday , 1 cray. Pulled today 11 crays.

9 crays in timber pot, only 2 from plackies.
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 Pots have been chockas off

Thu, 2021-12-09 18:29

 Pots have been chockas off gi last few days

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 Filthy crayfish oh why do u

Thu, 2021-12-09 20:31

 Filthy crayfish oh why do u avoid my pots?  Got a couple today. Moved my pots out, just off the coast of Madagascar now.

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Must admit

Thu, 2021-12-09 21:35

Everyone I’ve seen pots full .

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Just off Hillary's has been

Thu, 2021-12-09 22:51

Just off Hillary's has been quiet

 

I guess you need to be ocean side of little island?

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 I think you need to follow

Fri, 2021-12-10 10:32

 I think you need to follow advice on here about depths people are catching in. Definitely west of Little Island and possibly west of the 3 mile.

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Getting our

Fri, 2021-12-10 08:59

 12 aday,happy with with that

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 Seems south doin better this

Fri, 2021-12-10 09:15

 Seems south doin better this yr

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 Folks are in Shoalwater and

Fri, 2021-12-10 11:13

 Folks are in Shoalwater and got 1 from three trips this week. 

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24 from 2 pots

Fri, 2021-12-10 11:24

Yesterday. Going great for us off Mandurah. Didn't go today hopefully tomorrow and will probably start to slowly bring a couple of pots in each day. Got plenty for family and friends.  

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 Nice one Kirky truly glad

Fri, 2021-12-10 11:53

 Nice one Kirky truly glad someone is doing well!

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