White cray run

 Ok when do they start, early December? Thought I heard the guy on c9 fishwatch say next week.

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Funny thing yesterday

Fri, 2019-10-18 08:46

2 whites in a pot .( not coral crays) in close. Not mine someone I know. But normally late nov/ early December

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 I was planning on getting my

Fri, 2019-10-18 13:09

 I was planning on getting my pots back in last week of November. I pulled all bar 1 out as my freezer was full gave away a few today at work so there is room for more. I got 74 over the 2 week school holidays not bad for reds had a few coral crays. 

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You're

Fri, 2019-10-18 13:22

 Done allright.

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Dived

Fri, 2019-10-18 13:59

dived today, all reds and corals, all had hard shells except the jumbos.

No sign of whites.  

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 Feels like we are having a

Mon, 2019-10-21 22:13

 Feels like we are having a more traditional spring than the last couple of years. Hopefully that means a better and perhaps an earlier (Mid November) run???

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Saw 3 boats putting pots

Tue, 2019-10-22 06:10

 In yesterday  at hillarys 

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 End of Nov boys.

Tue, 2019-10-22 06:13

 End of Nov boys.

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Coral Crays

Tue, 2019-10-22 11:26

What do you guys mean by coral crays?

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 Pretty sure it's the

Tue, 2019-10-22 11:42

 Pretty sure it's the domestic reds that basically live there and don't move. 

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 They look like a white but

Tue, 2019-10-22 13:04

 They look like a white but are a little darker. 

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Maintenance being done on pots

Tue, 2019-10-22 14:59

 Now ha ha

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 Dived on tjthe back of GI on

Tue, 2019-10-22 21:02

 Dived on tjthe back of GI on Saturday. Lots right in close and they are all hard reds.

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 Thanks for the update Swompa

Wed, 2019-10-23 06:03

 Thanks for the update Swompa it's good to know for us potters, I think we all get a bit toey around this time of year and start worrying that we might miss it. 

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 We dived off the beach so

Wed, 2019-10-23 19:06

 We dived off the beach so when I say close, I mean real close ;-)

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 Thanks for the tip

Wed, 2019-10-23 19:28

 Thanks for the tip

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22 today across 4 pots and a

Sat, 2019-10-26 20:32

22 today across 4 pots and a dive. Came home with 9. 

All very hard shelled reds south of Garden Island.

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Nice

Sun, 2019-10-27 15:48

 

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Good to know

Sun, 2019-10-27 20:21

I'm south of GI Mandurah way so it's good to hear that there are some crays down south.

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 Well done Swompa I'm

Mon, 2019-10-28 06:19

 Well done Swompa I'm surprised that they aren't hiding yet

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 I went out today and checked

Sun, 2019-11-03 11:16

 I went out today and checked my pot that I have still in the water I hadn't checked it in 3 weeks pit was so heavy to pull up and to our surprise had a decent size Cray in there too. We switched out the rope as it was covered in slime hopefully this helps us when we pull it next time. 

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Might do a check of

Sun, 2019-11-03 11:18

 Ocean reef next week

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Pots out next

Fri, 2019-11-08 11:44

 Week I think.

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 It's getting close if it's

Fri, 2019-11-08 13:14

 It's getting close if it's good weather I might but maybe 1 more week haven't heard of divers getting whites really yet. Or even empty shells

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Yeah maybe

Fri, 2019-11-08 13:47

 Good to get position though. Baits just been delivered 

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Couple of whites today and a

Fri, 2019-11-08 14:58

Couple of whites today and a few shells in 8m

 

 

 

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 Off the beach at the back of

Sat, 2019-11-09 19:39

 Off the beach at the back of GI today, fair few around, all small. Few whites, few soft and one shell.

 

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 still 2 weeks, same shit

Sat, 2019-11-09 19:43

 still 2 weeks, same shit every year

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 Ha ha yep, I'll drop mine

Sun, 2019-11-10 08:59

 Ha ha yep, I'll drop mine end of the month.

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Orange Christmas tree flowering

Tue, 2019-11-12 07:34

 The white run usually coincides with the first flowering of our orange Christmas trees. Had to head down to Toodyay on the weekend and noticed them starting to bloom around Gin Gin so expect the run to be not far off

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 panic stations, facebook say

Wed, 2019-11-13 20:51

 panic stations, facebook say the whites ar running..... full moon and no swell

 

 

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 Like you said every year. It

Thu, 2019-11-14 05:58

 Like you said every year. It is getting closer though won't be long now. 

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Not down

Thu, 2019-11-14 00:03

Not down Mandurah way they aren't, my be up north or a bit of wishful thinking and hoping

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Got whites yesterday

Thu, 2019-11-14 06:11

Very soft ( diving) easy 2 weeks away.

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Idiots on Facebook

Thu, 2019-11-14 08:37

The idiots posting on Facebook are...well...idiots.

The amount of angst the whites cause folks is rediculous and that is made worse by morons who post old photos. 

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 Lol for a minute there I

Thu, 2019-11-14 12:21

 Lol for a minute there I thought you were talking about white trash.

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White trash

Thu, 2019-11-14 14:52

Im guessing some probably are. Quite prevalent these days. Not as rare a species as it used to be. 

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4 Sized Whites

Mon, 2019-11-18 12:35

 Pulled pots yesterday after soaking them for a week. Out of six pots three had crayfish shells due to octopus, one pot had a busted bait basket and struts (presumably due to a wobbie) and the other two pots had bugger all.

Pulled the pots again this morning (24 hours later) and we got 4 sized whites. Also returned 4 undersize.

This is NOR and I am making an assumption we will be bagging out by the end of the week.

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 Not with the moon the way it

Mon, 2019-11-18 15:11

 Not with the moon the way it is imo, they won't move en-masse till early next week at best. Happy to be shown wrong, the wind won't be too friendly this weekend either :( 

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I went for dive

Mon, 2019-11-18 13:42

This morn same area. Quick in and out. Only shallow. Whites that I seen and got, hard and easy targets. Never got any jelly beans. Be surprised if potters don’t do well Wednesday or Thursday. Still think going to be quick run . No dought people behind five will do better than most. I just haven’t seen the numbers in shallow this year. Probably stopped at 5 fathom this year. Unsure only a gues

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10 Today

Tue, 2019-11-19 09:45

 Got ten sized whites today and threw back 5 undersize.

Weather is horrible tomorrow morning so we will see what a two day pull looks like on Thursday.

I enjoy reading your posts Sea-Kem, but fingers crossed you are wrong in this instance.

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 Ha ha you could be right,

Tue, 2019-11-19 10:46

 Ha ha you could be right, F%$%^cken southerlies again 

I won't be able to drop until mid to late next week I reckon at best, good luck Thursday mate

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Getting excited.....first

Tue, 2019-11-19 10:45

Getting excited.....first year with pots out...one home made timber other a free Plastic.

Dropped them Sunday so will do the first pull this weekend...using Cow Fat for bait atm...was free and being a bit early thought I use this for the week soak instead of the Tuna heads.

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 I reckon don't throw the fat

Tue, 2019-11-19 13:05

 I reckon don't throw the fat away no matter how bad it smells good for keeping crays in the pot. 

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Yeah I had a look in the

Tue, 2019-11-19 13:17

Yeah I had a look in the search bar and you stated it was good in a old thread....Couple mates went halves in a cow.....comes butchered but included the fat and bones so picked up full box for free last Saturday....only pulling the pots on the weekends at this stage so Perfect for holding them.

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Bovine

Tue, 2019-11-19 15:07

 I thought bovine material was not allowed. Is fat tallow or gelatine?

 

 

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 I googled tallow it says

Tue, 2019-11-19 17:04

 I googled tallow it says animal fat or rendered down fat. I use pig fat but if I have any fat at home I will use it. Wouldn't want too much of it on a nice boat though. 

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Pros use pig fat

Tue, 2019-11-19 15:39

No hair or feather no problem

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Using fat

Wed, 2019-11-20 20:24

 Tallow or any animal fat may be a very good scent for crays but what about the grey coats they have an amazing sence of smell and may start to associate the animal fat with boats with divers 

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Easy don’t

Wed, 2019-11-20 21:49

Dive near pots. Anything attracts sharks. ( tuna heads. Blue Mack’s being the best). Animal fat least of worries.

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Also attracts divers

Wed, 2019-11-20 22:17

A string of cray pots will also attract divers. I watched a dive charter boat with about 10 divers pull up right next to a string of some 6-8 amateur pots on Saturday and all divers went over the side with loops.
I thought it was a bit rough to do such a thing, yes I know that no one owns the ocean but to target a string of pots so blatantly is the height of arrogance in my book.

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 Thanks for the heads up

Thu, 2019-11-21 06:17

 Thanks for the heads up little Johnny got 16 this morning from 2 pots threw back 8 only 4 undersized the madness begins

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24 from 4 today

Thu, 2019-11-21 07:09

6 pots 2 empty 2 with 1 in and the rest from 2 pots trew back 8 under good start ,was a 3day soak see hoe tomorrow goes

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20 from 6

Thu, 2019-11-21 08:54

 20 from 6 pots today. We had 4 pots on the outside edge for 6 crays, and 2 on the inside edge for 14 crays.

 Hopefully tomorrow brings our fist bag out for the season.

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Pots in

Thu, 2019-11-21 12:09

 Today.

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Apparently a blitz due this

Thu, 2019-11-21 12:36

Apparently a blitz due this weekend by fisheries....expect the ramps to be chokers so can be expected.

Itching for Saturday morning...hope there still there...hope I can pull the phukers :)...my pots that is..

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 Day off today and up at

Thu, 2019-11-21 15:48

 Day off today and up at sparrows to check the pots. Happened to be the day the battery finally shit the bed for the last time. Thankfully not too many people watching as I retrieved in he launching bay.

Glad it happened today rather than this weekend.

 

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Had that a few times over the years

Thu, 2019-11-21 18:32

 But can pull start the ninety ok

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What depth are the whites in.

Fri, 2019-11-22 07:22

Where have people been getting their whites. Are they right in close yet or still out a bit 

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11 metres

Fri, 2019-11-22 08:26

 Got 11 keepers from 4 pots off Ocean Reef this morning  after a 5 day soak.

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Bagged Out

Fri, 2019-11-22 09:20

 I have no intention of posting to this page everyday, so this will probably be my last post for while. With absolutely no disrespect to Sea-Kem, i just wanted to let him know we bagged out today.

Tough work though. We are in 11m NOR but the pro's are working the same reef (which we havent seen in the last 5 years). They have total disregard for rec potters. We watched a pro run directly over our floats today, admittedly it was a jet powered boat so it did no damage, but it wasnt really necessary.  Then another pro buzzed our line of pots just to interfere with our progress. He didnt pull any pots and once he passed us he took a 90 degree turn and headed out to the next reef system. Just seems like arrogant behaviour to me!

Good luck to those that are gearing up for the weekend.

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good to see someone bagging out

Fri, 2019-11-22 10:09

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 Ha ha all good mate, as I

Fri, 2019-11-22 11:48

 Ha ha all good mate, as I say happy to be proven wrong. We are a bit further up the coast so not sure how much they're moving yet but will drop pots Sunday fingers crossed and pull next Wednesday.

Well done on the bag out btw  I reckon another good year comong up.

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Potting North of Mindarie in

Fri, 2019-11-22 11:03

Potting North of Mindarie in 11mtrs, few pro's working same area, 10 from 4, 9 whites & 1 red, not bad for first pull of the season after a 6 day soak.

We did have the area to ourselves but seems to have been bombed by all and sundry, that's life I guess, just a pity that their is always one dickhead driving round pulling other's pots. Watched these guys pull their 4 and as we were leaving they had stopped on the next line and started pulling another pot, looked back a few times to see them driving round in circles pulling more.

Same shit every year.

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Lost ..

Fri, 2019-11-22 13:10

Thought I'd lost a pot yesterday? Only too

find it 100ms away from where I dropped it .

glad it was still there thinking someone else

Had borrowed it .. even had a cray in it ..

pheww .... 

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crayfish

Sat, 2019-11-23 19:43

 The run has just started, numbers are picking up in pots behind garden island. Divers are saying there are plenty under the ledges but they are still a bit soft.

 

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 dropped pots in friday

Sun, 2019-11-24 13:50

 dropped pots in friday morning and first pull this morning. plenty of crays, got our 24 with plenty to spare. still a little soft but hungry as baits were stripped and crays were fiesty.

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Only 5

Mon, 2019-11-25 10:51

 1 baitbox opened.

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Zero's for me...one bait box

Mon, 2019-11-25 12:05

Zero's for me...one bait box was missing from my plastic pot...a bit of bait left in others, they didn't move which was good...Might try Mid week if not they will wait till next weekend.

Pro working his pots right near one of mine...he reset them again same spot.

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Question for the ex pro crayfishermen

Mon, 2019-11-25 13:14

Pot lids undone or missing, I have tied pot lids down with cord, jammed them in as hard as yet still come across the lids having been lifted or half open or missing. I can not figured out just what in the hell how these lids are coming adrift any ideas would be appreciated

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Stretch cord

Mon, 2019-11-25 17:13

 Drill a hole in the bait lid and run stretch cord through it and onto inside of baitbox. That way the lid stays shut and you have to turn lid sideways when putting bait in

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 I'm starting to think that

Mon, 2019-11-25 13:17

 I'm starting to think that little Johnny might be right I'm struggling to to get many crays last Thursday had 28 from 2 pots Saturday 11 from 3 pots Sunday 4 from 4 pots and today 4 from 4 pots 2 of them were red and my pots put on sand empty I'm thinking of going to my reds spots to catch crays. 

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 I'm starting to doubt too.

Mon, 2019-11-25 13:56

 I'm starting to doubt too. Much lower numbers  in my pots (OR) than previous years 

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Was getting my 24 every day

Mon, 2019-11-25 14:24

 since last week .only 11 today 

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 I got about 4 kilos off

Mon, 2019-11-25 16:41

 I got about 4 kilos off arrow squid sitting in my freezer that I wouldn’t use for fish bait anymore. Was just gonna ditch it or does anyone reckon I could throw in pots along with the hoki heads? Or would that just attract fish n sharks

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Pot lids

Mon, 2019-11-25 18:53

99 percent sure stingrays ( suck and snap) small zippy tie does job. Gates missing ,pots haven’t swelled ( normally first few drops there loose) zippy fixes that also. Squid in pot no way. Next blow, big swell they will all run.( gone). All guess work . No science. Already getting reds with whites. Bad sign

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 Thanks Johnny was just

Mon, 2019-11-25 19:16

 Thanks Johnny was just putting it out there lol

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 plenty of crays, in shallow

Tue, 2019-11-26 08:56

 plenty of crays, in shallow 10m, 15 a pot

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 plenty of crays, in shallow

Tue, 2019-11-26 08:57

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 Shitloads today in close

Tue, 2019-11-26 11:22

 Shitloads today in close behind garden island easy bag 

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Mindarie..

Tue, 2019-11-26 11:50

Two pots 9 in first and over 15 in the other ..

moved the pots a little deeper..   

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11

Tue, 2019-11-26 12:23

 With 6 kackers

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Surprised crays

Tue, 2019-11-26 19:45

Have been going brilliant for over a week. Fair few getting low numbers ,So has a friendly pot pullers 1 pot this morn 20 m away from my line. Funny thing is still 8 in there but some had one feeler missing others had both ( all crays) I nail my gates.always have to hand pick out. 100 percent not an occy. Karma I hope they get caught ,at least I got pot back. Pricks

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20kg box of Orange Roughy heads 4 sale

Tue, 2019-11-26 12:38

My plan to pot this year have taken a turn for the worse.  Last week I purchased a 20kg box of Orange Roughy heads and they are no longer required.  I have separated the heads so they are no longer in one box.  43 heads in total.  $55 - I'm located in North Perth. 

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 I'll take em Alan

Tue, 2019-11-26 13:15

 I'll take em Alan

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All good Andy

Tue, 2019-11-26 14:58

PM sent. 

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Damn

Tue, 2019-11-26 18:30

 I just bought a box today, seperating them is the worst part!!

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...

Tue, 2019-11-26 19:06

That same comment was made by another guy who contacted me after Sea-kem.  I'll give you the same advice.  I use a mini crowbar about 300mm long and a rubber mallet.  Works well.

  

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 Yep, a cold chisel and a

Tue, 2019-11-26 19:44

 Yep, a cold chisel and a hammer!

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Roughy

Tue, 2019-11-26 20:02

 Before you open the box of frozen roughy, Smash it on the ground a few times and they all come apart. Makes it easy to bag up