Fresh water Cobbler

Hey all,


I got a few quick questions...

I was wondering how good are fresh cobbler for eating?

Also whats the best baits to be using to catch them?

Lastly I've heard that you can catch them in the canning river, would this be legal?





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Mon, 2012-08-27 23:25

Have a look here.  A ban in place in the Swan and Canning Rivers until 2017

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Mon, 2012-08-27 23:32
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The Cobbler in the Swan and

Mon, 2012-08-27 23:37

The Cobbler in the Swan and Canning are the Esturine species and are protected in those systems. Fine to keep if caught in the ocean. As for the actual freshwater species i have only ever caught them near Dwellingup inthe Murray River as a bycatch when targeting Redfin. I didnt eat them though as they were smallish only about 20-25cm. I think some of the dams hold them too?

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Cobbler meat is sweet as

Tue, 2012-08-28 08:44

Dwellingup and the Blackwood are full of them.

I use a box of live worms from any nursery as a farm starter for bout $20 last me all summer.


Also live minnows and even river prawns.

I have done better at night or dusk.

I cook the smaller ones like Prawn meat, Quick run over a hot pan witha drizzle of oil and garlic bewdiful.

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Tue, 2012-08-28 12:42

Worms are definetely the best bait for them. I don't like them to eat- but those large silver stripey eyes do.

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Tue, 2012-08-28 17:50

Thanks for the tips guys!

Yeah seen heaps of river cobbler near the naval base/water police on the oposite side of the river, saw

3-4 of them there, big suckers too, if only you could catch em.





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I know where

Wed, 2012-08-29 16:01

To catch them 1-2 meter's long Big bstrds have to weigh a few kilo.Also biggest redfin youll ever see in your life but it's illegal to fish there.So i probaly shouldnt tell ya X)

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2m long Freshwater

Thu, 2012-08-30 14:01

2m long Freshwater Cobbler??



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watch out for the big ones

Wed, 2012-09-26 18:37

yea there around.

caught one metre plus about a year ago  near herrison island targeting bream on a river prawn.

never handled one and got spiked, trying to release the thing!  worst night in a long time!

my advice. fish for flatties tastier and smaller rakers!

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cobbler stings

Wed, 2012-09-26 21:56

I can vouch it's a hard lesson to learn but never forgotten.

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Wed, 2012-09-26 20:18

Shame the numbers of cobbler and prawns aren't what they once were in the River. The old's always talk about summer nights on the swan foreshores tuckin intonfeeds of cobbler and prawns way back when hopefully with the ban in place they are making a good recovery


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hifreshwater cobbler taste

Wed, 2013-01-16 18:48


freshwater cobbler taste like crap

the best and easiest way to catch them is have a sinker on the end of your line and about 15 cm above the sinker have a hook with a live worm, sit the sinker on the river floor about a metre out and you will catch them easy as.

the best time for catching them is just on dark time

and the best place to catch them is on the murray river just south of pinjarra