You would be a bloody idiot

After the coverage on a number of pages in todays "west" about the penalties and fisheries activities with regards to the taking of under size crabs you would have to be a bloody idiot to engage in such activities.
Still I'll bet penny to a pound we will see a few people get done for it before the Christmas break period has run it's course, these people are doing nothing short of stealing my grand kids future with regards to crabbing and I hope fisheries catch as many as they can and do them with the biggest fines they can, they are nothing short of selfish stealing bastards as far as I'm concerned.
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I think the year 2019 is filled with danger for us fishos, why' well in my view when a government starts playing with the amount of catch that may be taken based on nothing other than a social experiment then it is indeed entering very dangerous waters {excuse the pun} IMO.
The idea of making crayfish cheaper for the citizen of our great country is a noble and great idea, just like I can't see why we should be paying so much for LPG when we have truck loads of the stuff on our door step, and IMO it belongs to WA even though it was/is developed by foreign investors. With crays I think there are better way of making a certain amount of the resource if I may use that word available to WA citizens without increasing the total catch based on nothing more than wanting to be the father Christmas government.
And, I would like to see the price cheaper so that people can buy a couple of crays for chrissy lunch, I just don't think this is the best way of doing it and I won't even comment on the other proposal that the paper has raised about the increase in catch held by the government.


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 i havnt seen the artical. if

Sat, 2019-01-05 19:13

 i havnt seen the artical. if they start messing with catch limits it will be detrimental for the future. save for the future for generations to come. increase the fines by all means . 

they dont call it the silly season for nothing. 

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Getting any size ones yet

Sat, 2019-01-05 20:43

Getting any size ones yet Meg?

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The type of "people " who get

Sat, 2019-01-05 21:26

The type of "people " who get caught dont read the local rag. JMO 

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Just starting to see some size crabs

Sat, 2019-01-05 22:36

Wading at night just up from Dawesville there are a few that are size, all be it just by 2-3 mil the good thing is they are full of meat.
A couple of weeks of hot weather will see them really put on a bit growth I think, hope.

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Size

Sun, 2019-01-06 07:33

 The c rabs will have to do a moult before gaining the xtra couple of mil to make then legal size. They pump themselves up with water  when they dump the old shell to expand the new soft one enough to allow growth, that is why you find some that have big shells but bugger all meat inside indicating a new shell

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We were catching heaps that

Sun, 2019-01-06 07:56

We were catching heaps that had big claws that we called for size for them to be a mm or so under and the claws to be extremely hollow with poppy bellies so meaty big crabs are probably still some way off based on your info John. I did manage some nice meaty ones but very, very hard work.

I'm eyeing off another stay in Mandurah on the March long w/e.

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Another moult

Sun, 2019-01-06 08:56

 They will have to do another moult to get to legal size. Not sure when they do it, unlike crays where it usually happens around a full moon Interesting point, up here in Shark Bay and further north, the spikes where you measure the crabs, appear to be longer so that what would be a size crab here actually looks to be smaller than a southern size one.

 

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We caught and returned a

Sun, 2019-01-06 09:48

We caught and returned a couple of 135s that were very soft so can't be far off

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