Swan River prawning....did I do anything right?

So, I went down, with the boat, to the river last night to try prawning for the first time ever. Came home with nothing (I did kind of expect that though). Did I do anything right to build on for next time? Here's the basic run down:

- anchored in 10m

- Blackwall Reach / Point Walter area (moved a few times)

- Fish end of rising tide

- quite a bit of light on board

- full moon

- 20knot southerly wind

- water temp 23.6


We saw lots of the very small prawns, a few crabs and lots of bream (in the shallows), but all in all, a very uneventful night. 


Any tips would be great.

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i did ok just walking the

Fri, 2014-01-17 12:15

i did ok just walking the shallows last week prawns every where at point walter


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All I can suggest

Fri, 2014-01-17 12:18

Any underwater lights, and outgoing tide is definitely better as they run out to the ocean.


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Outgoing tide

Fri, 2014-01-17 19:22

like Cransy1 said. cheers Pete.

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Fri, 2014-01-17 23:26

I have found that it isn't much good dabbing for prawns on a full moon they berry in the sand and won't come out and play the game.

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 + 1 for moon, new moon is

Sat, 2014-01-18 13:45

 + 1 for moon, new moon is best, I normally only bother dabbing at start of winter when first big rains come through the fresh water flushes them out with the tide. 


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 Agree with the timing.

Sat, 2014-01-18 15:50

 Agree with the timing.  March april may after the first big rain.  Outgoing tide and try further down river, rocky bay north fremantle, just need to be out of the channel.


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 Thanks all, gents! Good

Sun, 2014-01-19 14:28

 Thanks all, gents! Good information to have. We did have one smallish underwater light. Looks like I might have to change a few things before heading out on use next trip.  Thanks again guys.