Karratha Muddies

Been seeing alot of blue manna shots from the southern regions of late, which has been giving me a craving for crabs. Haven't been able to get out lately because of Christmas and work commitments. Hate going out on the weekends as there are boats and people everywhere and prefer to have some piece and quiet.

Yesterdays weather conditions meant it was going to be choppy out wide so decided to load the boat with the drop nets and crab hooks. Decided to leave the flick rods behind (mistake) and to concentrate solely on crabbing. Got to the banks while the holes were exposed and the first crab was an absolute horse(2 1/2 kg). Took a while to get crabs in the net, but on the turn of the tide the nets became very active.

Saw some big fish smashing the bait schools, but unfortunately never chucked a rod in the boat which could have seen some barra or threadies in the boat as well. Also at backbeach boat ramp there were prawns jumping everywhere when we launched in the morning. If Karratha residents are keen take a throw net down there you will clean up on kilos of prawns, as the water is bubbling with them.

After a good days crabbing and some quiet brews decided to head home and steam the crabs in the big pot outside. It ended up be an enjoyable day up the creeks and was nice to be home early in the afternoon.


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Never caught a mud crab. How

Thu, 2011-01-20 10:29

Never caught a mud crab. How do mud crabs taste compared to Blue Mannas?

2.5kg!!! Thats a monster


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bluey's are sweeter in my

Thu, 2011-01-20 10:37

bluey's are sweeter in my opinion

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Yummy, Nice on Bryn Muddie

Thu, 2011-01-20 11:00

Yummy, Nice on Bryn


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Stock mix

Thu, 2011-01-20 11:13

1cm of water in the pot, grated ginger(thumb size), 4 cloves of grated garlic, 2 teaspoons of chilli paste and a squeezed lemon(cut in half) chucked in with the stock.

-Get the water to the boil 

-Put crabs in the pot and bring back to the boil

-Put the lid on and cut back to a low heat(simmering) for half an hour.

The taste of the flesh is devine!!!!



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That comment is pure gold.

Thu, 2011-01-20 16:48

Love ya work.


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Man would love a feed of

Thu, 2011-01-20 11:01

Man would love a feed of muddies.


Wish we got those suckers down in Perth!


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Thu, 2011-01-20 11:34

Nice muddies bud i been still getting a few blueys as well up the creeks they all come from the back of the creeks tho bugger all towards the mouth.


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Thu, 2011-01-20 11:40

Nice Brynner, got a few on the weekend but nothing like those bad boys, good work mate. Enjoy!!


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Nice Crabs

Thu, 2011-01-20 11:41

  Nice feed there brynner , is it normal to see the prawns this time of the year or are they there all year around ??








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Blueys are better

Thu, 2011-01-20 12:16

Blue's taste better but I like the bigger portion sizes of muddies lol....and the lack of effort required to get 'em!



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good work on the muddies, i

Thu, 2011-01-20 12:21

good work on the muddies, i haven't had any luck with them prior to chrissy, Blueys are sweeter but the reward for cracking into a muddie for the bulk flesh is amazing, the big ones with the meat alone in the swimmer legs in the body would rival a whole bluey on a good day. we are spoilt that we get both thats for sure.

cast net is conming out next week for some prawns early in the morning for sure!!!


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Just dont try and get prawns in the cast net to eat

Thu, 2011-01-20 14:37

You are going to use them as bait. I think using a cast net to catch crabs to eat is illegal. (Dont quote me). But if you intend to use them as bait, ie incidentally caught while chasing mullet it is allowed (again dont quote me).

You are just going to stock up on bait arent you Brucesta?? LOL.

This is a gray area of the netting law and I still am confused. I take a scoop net with me when I "accidentally" get prawns in the net. That way I caught them with the scoop net not the throw net. It would be nice to have this clarified though, because I dont like breaking the fishing laws, or bending it.



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Thu, 2011-01-20 14:21

Big-arse crabs. 2.5kgs is a monster. Great stuff.


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Thu, 2011-01-20 15:34

Some good looking muddies there Brynner.

You manna loving crew can have em, give me a good feed of muddies any day!


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Nice muddies!!

Thu, 2011-01-20 16:11

Cooked on the beach on the coals is the only way in my opinion!!



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Fri, 2011-01-21 16:38

Has to be the best way to eat muddies.

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Good work

Fri, 2011-01-21 10:08

Use roughly the same mix but add a little honey.


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back beach prawns? take it

Fri, 2011-01-21 10:34

back beach prawns?


take it air port creek these bad boys came from?


Well done!

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Good stuff bryn!

Sat, 2011-01-22 07:34

Good stuff bryn!

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 great feed there. gotta say

Sat, 2011-01-22 08:32

 great feed there. gotta say i would eat muddies over swimmers any day. well done, gotta be as happy as a pig in the proverbial nailing that lot. pity about no rods on board tho


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nice, i must get out and get

Sat, 2011-02-05 14:23

nice, i must get out and get me some muddies soon, nice work mate