Who has taken all the blowies

About a year or so back I made the comment in the forum about the apparent lack of blowies in the Mandurah estuary system.
Well the same thing has happened again, I usually use blowies for crab bait as they make a reasonable bait and last a fair amount of time, my usual way of getting them was to put an oily (tuna oil) rag over the back of the boat and just scoop them up with a prawn net. If this wasn't very successful then a bit of burly and a paternoster rig was used.
To my surprise I haven't seen a single blowie in the estuary this week I have as a matter of interest looked at most of the fishing landings around town and found zip, now either fishos are being very good in cleaning up after themselves and putting all the blowies etc back in the water or they are not catching any either.

Has any one else noticed this (bloody good) situation down at Mandurah.

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 I see a few in the shallows

Fri, 2019-03-01 02:04

 I see a few in the shallows while scooping for crabs in the evenings, but fishing-wise I haven't caught any at all. Which is a pleasant surprise after spending 10 years fishing the Swan-Canning systems doing my best to try and avoid them. I remember catching heaps as a kid years ago fishing under the old traffic bridge, but haven't fished that area for almost 25 years now

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 Still here in Safety Bay. 

Fri, 2019-03-01 03:49

 Still here in Safety Bay.


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Beach Fishing

Fri, 2019-03-01 06:58

 Ive been casting lures off the beach at Silver Sands chasing YF Whiting 

 Unfortuantely have caught more blowies than whiting but i agree there are less than usual 

 Havent seen the giant schools cruising along the beach as in past years 

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 There's no shortage of

Fri, 2019-03-01 07:16

 There's no shortage of blowies in the weed banks around Garden Island,even jagged a blowie on the Squid Jig yesterday.

Heaps of them at Palm Beach Jetty as well!


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Using too many for crab bait

Fri, 2019-03-01 07:52

You are wiping them out. Careful what you say, Fisheries will impose a bag limit of 8

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I don't think I've landed

Fri, 2019-03-01 08:30

I don't think I've landed a blowie since my honeymoon


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Thanks for the laugh Jack!

Fri, 2019-03-01 08:47

 Now that is funny!

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clean up aisle #3

Fri, 2019-03-01 09:25

 i just spat my coffee all over my monitor


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Should have saved that for the footy season

Fri, 2019-03-01 10:57

Just about spat my coffee out too!!


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it's like the Douglas Adams quote...

Fri, 2019-03-01 10:10

 ...."goodbye and thanks for all the fish"...Adams' fans will know what I mean

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not many

Fri, 2019-03-01 12:30

 I have been goint to some of my spots looking for river prawns ( Swan ) without much luck, some areas have had none at all. 

What i noticed was there were no blowies at those areas either. Eventualy i found some prawns and thats where i found the blowies too.

I was thinking there just wasnt enough food around for them and they had moved to areas with more bait fish and prawns. Up here in Bassendean there are heaps of them, more than ive seen in almost 10 years and there is also alot of small bait fish . 

The beaches seem to be loaded with them also, 

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 seen quite a few while out

Fri, 2019-03-01 19:11

 seen quite a few while out netting on wednesday nights down dawesville way but not as many as last year. 

would never have concidered using them in the nets


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Crab bait ???

Fri, 2019-03-01 19:33

a mate said he was using them as crab bait

years back ! So not a new idea I’ve heard ??

Fark frosty ... well played one of your best

that’s for sure ???? 

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It is a tail of woe not a

Fri, 2019-03-01 19:49

It is a tail of woe not a comedy.


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