Top end to a Great Cray Season

Briliant cray season came to an end today with us pulling the pots out prior to the upcoming weather. We did a tag team with Bodie this season with a target of four figures between the two boats, and we got over the line today.

This big girl was one of the better ones, most of the big ones were tarred or egged this season, this one was clean but we released her to live another day and make more little tasty critters. 

We had sharks follow us around every few days over the past 4 weeks, but today these two got pretty frisky, fighting over the old heads we were throwing over, at one stage they went crazy and saturated us, awesome sight! 

 

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 We're out today as well

Sat, 2017-12-16 15:58

 We're out today as well mate. Freezers are full and our builders all buttered up nicely! 

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 you guys done well. gotta be

Sat, 2017-12-16 16:12

 you guys done well. gotta be happy and going to eat well for a bit. 

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Yeah wheir out today

Sat, 2017-12-16 16:33

 I missed a week of it.still got heaps with BJ and Paul

 

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 1000 crays= alot of happy

Sat, 2017-12-16 17:43

 1000 crays= alot of happy neighbours  and friends

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After family, friends, work

Sat, 2017-12-16 19:27

After family, friends, work colleques, eating a LOT of crays and some pretty big BBQ cray fests, the freezer is still well stocked but I am well under my posession limit, as it should be.

 

I must say the whole WA cray industry is bloody well managed now. To be in a capital city, where you can go a few miles out each morning before work and get a great feed of lobster, is just fantastic and a credit to the management. We had not lost a pot this season and pretty sure no pots were pulled, a BIG imporvement over previous seasons and no doubt a direct result of Fisheries active policing of the fishery, which I totally support. 

 

Lets hope next season is as good.  

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 Yep pots out today, awesome

Sat, 2017-12-16 20:04

 Yep pots out today, awesome time pulling pots each morning with John and the boys. Plenty of crays given to family and friends who are not as fortunate to own a boat and be able to fish like we do

Definitely a very health fishery the WA lobster fishery, well maintained, well managed and plenty of crab for all

Changed it up this season put the boat in a berth at the marina for a month which made life so much easier! Downside to this is having to scrub the bum of a 26ft boat that's been in a pen for 4 weeks not being antifouled sucks balls 

Bled a new green horn this year who convienently was nicked named condom man (wearing waders each day) he pulled his weight and will have retain his spot for next season.

The 4.30am starts were starting to get a bit long In the tooth that's for sure

 

Good banter among the lads, definitely makes it even more enjoyable with good crew / mates getting in on the action. Commited to the cause as well, everyone turned up each morning weather the wind was blowing or not, we went

 

Now to start getting ready for the next boys adventure, bring on exmouth 2018!

 

 

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 Awesome year for sure!! Best

Sun, 2017-12-17 10:48

 Awesome year for sure!! Best thing about being a diver is gentlemen's hours haha

 

When you boys heading to exy, we are going the end of April!

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 Same with us, booked from

Sun, 2017-12-17 12:48

 Same with us, booked from the 25th through till the 10th of may

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 end of march again 

Sun, 2017-12-17 19:39

 end of march again 

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I cant see how fisheries can

Tue, 2017-12-19 12:41

I cant see how fisheries can be so 'militant' on recreationals when recreationals only take about 4% of the market and there is such an abundance of lobster in the ocean now the commercial sector has been roped in?

Recreationals pose little to no risk at 4%. More focus on poachers selling crays to restaurants etc.

There are far more endangered species fisheries need to police. There needs to be a serious rethink on distribution of policing resources.

There is cockroaches everywhere! Coles have local crays $40 each, although they are MSA so I wont buy them. Still, at $40 each, 10 crays is the price of 2 pots. Stay in bed with the mrs and use the time to go to work to buy them.

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You get more grief taking a

Tue, 2017-12-19 12:43

You get more grief taking an underize cray via mistake than being busted with a kilo of crack these days

The whole system is out of balance. The law is a joke.

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Its money mate Money in

Tue, 2017-12-19 15:42

Its money mate

 

Money in catching people who are doing thr wrong thing, either intentionally or unintentionally.

Im sure truck laods of Marron are taken out of season, however almost never hear of it, and they are critically low on numbers.

 

However the cray industry does still need protecting, yep 4% is low, but its 4% now, if policing is relaxed, could be 8% next year, then 15% the following. Whilst it seems out of balance to many things, its in balance to sustain the fishery.

Pro's and Con's both ways i guess

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If your doing the wrong thing

Tue, 2017-12-19 18:18

If your doing the wrong thing cray fishing, you deserve what you get as far as I am concerned.

It's not hard to follow a few rules (ok, the diving fiasco was a bit much.....).

Thee rules have resulted in no theiving arseholes pulling or pinching my pots this year, so I am all for it.

The pros are obviously being managed well as there are plenty of crays, so all good.

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Agree with JohnF

Tue, 2017-12-19 19:12

I haven't heard any cries from the potters down this way crying "I've had my pots robbed" which I think we can thank the enforcement branch of fisheries for. Well publicised busts and big penalties imposed make it a very dangerous thing to do, I guess a few peps will still try it on but I think we must give full credit to fisheries for greatly reducing the apparent theft of pots and crays.