Mandurah crabs where are they

 So, ive been to my usual crab spot down at Mandurah and over the past 2 years have come up with zero return for my efforts, Im a creature of habbit and keep going to the same spot because in the past have come up trumps at that spot. Scooping near Park Ridge boat ramp is my spot, 5-6 yrs ago would take 30-45 minute to get my lot, last year i think i didnt even see a crab, if i did it was undersize, been down a few times this year and same result, lucky to even see one. Whats happened? Any spots i should try? i dont rape and pillage, just take what i need for a feed and i need me a feed of crab, please help.......

 


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 Move around because the

Fri, 2018-02-16 06:38

 Move around because the crabs do... still heaps out there & has been a good season this year.

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Under pressure?

Fri, 2018-02-16 11:20

 Cant help you with a spot as my usual landbased scoop spot, which is actually quite remote and not easy to find has been done over 

like a dogs dinner this year.

Normal for the last few years was turn up at 5 or 6 am , place to yourself , round about 7  maybe see a couple of groups 

in distance , that was about it.

Only been 3 times this year , and on arriving at 5 was greeted by around 5 or 6 groups already out and doing there thing.

I am not having a go at them , they can crab too , but the pickings become slim in a certain area when 7 groups crab over one small sandbar.

And that was during the week , so weekends must be a blowout.

Mandurah and perth are not small places anymore , and it wont get any smaller.

 

 

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Park Ridge

Fri, 2018-02-16 11:50

Park Ridge has been ok for the few times we've been out (on the boat mind you). Typically we've been throwing 2-3 undersized/berried ones back for every 1 sized bluey so it's slow going. If you're not seeing them at all while scooping it sounds like they are there just in the deeper water.

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head down around yunderup

Fri, 2018-02-16 13:12

head down around yunderup

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Better going at nite or early

Fri, 2018-02-16 14:03

Better going at nite or early morning by torch lite, more other species around and less people.

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I haven't seen many in the shallows

Fri, 2018-02-16 15:05

Every now and then I go down to the estuary to catch a few prawns for bait and the crabs have conspicuous by there absence. Normally after dark you would see a few that would have tempted you if you had a scoop net but not lately.
Chasing them in a boat it is quite a different matter, setting nets in any bit of water more than 1-2 to 1-6 deep is proving to be very productive, saying that we call it quits once we have got our 3 - 4 for a meal.

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 We got our limit directly

Sat, 2018-02-17 20:58

 We got our limit directly opposite the park ridge boat ramp last week on the boat...found the spot after a couple of hours of doing ok.  Put the pots just on the drop off but still in less than A metre of water  Doubled our 2 boat catch in about 30 minutes with some big ones among them. I think further north towards Davesville is doing better at the moment. 

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 thanks for the replies. as i

Fri, 2018-02-23 17:56

 thanks for the replies. as i live in the swan valley it takes a bit of time travelling there and back so would be nice to get some results when i head off down there, not that i dont mind spending an hour or 2 wading through the water but i would like to at least get a feed for my time

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 For some reason this is a

Sat, 2018-02-24 05:44

 For some reason this is a good potters year and not a good scooper. 

Boats are doing well if not great whilst all land based struggle 

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 For some reason this is a

Sat, 2018-02-24 05:44

 For some reason this is a good potters year and not a good scooper. 

Boats are doing well if not great whilst all land based struggle 

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