Swan River Crabs

 Thinking about giving it another shot next week after a few attempts in years gone by with no sucess. Any decent catches as i have seen a lot of boats crabbing latley? 

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mate of mine cleaned up by

Sun, 2019-01-27 09:52

mate of mine cleaned up by Blackwell Reach a couple of weeks ago. All big boys

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Went Friday

Sun, 2019-01-27 12:37

 Four runs with the 10 nets one big bluey on the last pull and the last net near the old Brewery. Not great had what we thought was good bait mullet and mulies. Lots of crabbers saw a few caught but for us disappointing. We never got our nets into the water until about 8.00 am and ther were a couple of old boys puling there boat out and they had twenty big blueys. Makes me think you have to be there at sparrows near the Narrows Ha Ha.  Any body get any this weekend and what is good bait?

 

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 never really thought time of

Tue, 2019-02-05 22:25

 never really thought time of day was a big factor with crabs. We used to get the muddies all day out of Darwin and have certainly netted well in the Swan during the day in the past.

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Today would be the perfect

Sun, 2019-01-27 13:39

Today would be the perfect day to hit the water inside the Narrows. The crabs would be concentrated on the the chicken carcasses and chop bones thrown overboard during the skyshow

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Looking from the other POV

Fri, 2019-02-01 16:05

Looking from the other POV the amount of reckless crabbers dropping pots in the navigation channel, especially on the perth side is out of control some nights . I almost ran over a tinnie with no nav lights one night just after dark  and had my prop fowled on two pots on seperate occasions but floats in the middle of the channel. It's annoying when  crabbers are making navigation after dark dangerous . 

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Its more annoying when big

Fri, 2019-02-01 16:21

 Yachts  are on moorings in the middle of channels with no nav lights. Nearly crapped myself! LOTS of crabbers this morning.

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 mooring aren't in the middle

Fri, 2019-02-01 16:58

 mooring aren't in the middle of the navigation channel and when on a mooring you do not need any navigation lights, only if you are actually on the anchor do you need to have your anchor light on 

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When you go thru the narrows

Fri, 2019-02-01 17:38

 Near the ferry crossing there is a big arse yaught nearly in the centre of the  river.quite a shock at 4 am.

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Dropped the pots last Sunday

Fri, 2019-02-01 16:24

Dropped the pots last Sunday near the southern end of the PWC area and cleaned up. 20 crabs in two hours, all quite big size, with the last pull getting half a dozen of the biggest I have ever seen. Already had the 20 on ice so they went back for another day.

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We picked up half a dozen XOS

Sat, 2019-02-02 15:15

We picked up half a dozen XOS blueys this morning, but we’re up here at Clearville still, plus the 4 muddies from our overnight pot, Singapore chilli crab tonight.

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Your overnight pot would be a

Mon, 2019-02-04 12:11

Your overnight pot would be a dilly hey Doc haha

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LOL

Mon, 2019-02-04 12:13

 LOL

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No mate, overnight pot was a

Mon, 2019-02-04 16:43

No mate, overnight pot was a 4 entry pot, they sit upright on the bottom and the crabs enter from the side. Once in there, they find it very hard to get back out.

 

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Mon, 2019-02-04 19:50

I think they are categorised as a crab trap, can’t use them in WA I don’t think. 

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Cleaverville is a fav with

Mon, 2019-02-04 20:56

Cleaverville is a fav with fisheries Doc, they love fineing grey nomads using set and forget pots.

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Yes, I’m aware it’s a trap,

Tue, 2019-02-05 17:03

Yes, I’m aware it’s a trap, and oddly enough, we’ve already had a visit from the fisheries guys, must have been on the weekend I think, they were looking for people accumulating excess fillets and once we explained we couldn’t do that, they were happy, as for the crab pot, that wasn’t mine, but yes, it was used out of my boat and only overnights. Will look at getting one one day as they are very efficient, obviously not in WA. Weather has been holding up nicely and we’re making power each day, so we’re staying here a little longer.  

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Tue, 2019-02-05 18:33

How do you go with fishing and boating licenses? 

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I have a WA RFL and a

Wed, 2019-02-06 18:31

I have a WA RFL and a Victorian Marine license which is like the RFBL you have here, and It’s recognised here and in other states. Only difference is it’s renewable every 5 years where you guys sit it once and have it forever, that’s how I understand it.