Late but possibly going to be great

Mandurah Crabbing
As a long term resident (with a sabbatical in Karratha for 5 yrs) and a bit of a Scientist have always done some surveys early each season about the crabbing.
Due to the cool spring and early summer the sizes so far has been small to tiny with lots of berried jenny's still. But the numbers this year has been crazy.
Have done 3 check trips with logs - first November 3, 10 x 2 for 43 crabs, one large keeper about 15mm over (returned),10 jenny's with 5 berried.
Sunday 3rd December 10 x 5 (my crab loving Dad on board) 98 crabs, NO keepers, 18 jennies, 6 berried.
Saturday 8th December - 10 x 2, 32 Crabs, 1 keeper (just and returned), 4 jennies, no berries.
Average 2 per pot, best pot 6. It is by far the best survey I have had in a check since 1991 when I first arrived in Mandurah.
Might just be a great season (hopefully) as the linguine is waiting patiently in the pantry.
Neels

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 Nice work good to hear

Mon, 2018-12-10 09:47

 Nice work good to hear concise information like this I also have pasta waiting not to mention the chilli, garlic, basil and a touch of cream. mmmmm I can taste it now.

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Mon, 2018-12-10 10:12

 

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good work....is there much

Mon, 2018-12-10 18:20

good work....

is there much point me trying in december? or are they likley to be too small? have heard some people mention that best to wait until after the new year?

keen for your opinions!

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should be improving

Wed, 2018-12-12 13:09

The size in the last check had increased to close to legal. Most with one more moult would be legal. Hope for more hot weather like Friday

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Mon, 2018-12-10 20:03

I kept a pretty comprehensive diary for them when I was in Busso, wouldn’t have a clue where it is now and last entries were 2013. 

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Thanks for the report

Mon, 2018-12-10 20:21

Thanks for the report Crasny.

I'll be staying on the Harvey Estuary for a week over New Year with the boat moored up so hopefully we're getting a feed by then. Should be cranking for the March long w/e.

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Nice report i noticed alot

Wed, 2018-12-12 17:20

Nice report i noticed alot more undersize crab at start of this season to would of seen close to 200 on me first walk i did. Theres size ones now got my limit today 

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Nice report i noticed alot

Wed, 2018-12-12 17:20

Nice report i noticed alot more undersize crab at start of this season to would of seen close to 200 on me first walk i did. Theres size ones now got my limit today