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      1. Hi all, just attaching a link to a current report re crabs and fish in Moreton Bay. Most of you probably already get these but just posting for those that don’t. cheers Greg
      2. Hey All, I hope you are all well! I am new to this site and thought I would join some sort of forum to learn more about fishing etc. Recently I got my first boat and started doing some off-shore fishing in Hexham NSW. I've been catching about six stingrays a day when I go fishing, I don't know much about them so just been throwing them back. So I have a few questions: 1. What is the legal size and limit for Stingrays in NSW? I checked DPI but it didn't have them listed: 2. I know that the ray has four pads of meat (two top and two bottom), but there is a lot of waste... Do you have any recommendations on what to do with the rest of the ray? 3. Is ray a good bait for crabbing? If it is, would the scraps work (Bones, body and head)? 4. Since I have never caught one to keep before what methods do you recommend when it comes to killing? I was thinking: - Hook Ray - Net Ray - Use bolt cutters and cut the rays tail off (throw tail away) - Kill Ray (need to learn best method for this) Of course, if Ray isn't legal to keep I won't and it also seems worth keeping if its a big ray. I would rather not catch them if we have to waste the rest of the ray for the amount of meat. But since I go crabbing, if I can use the scraps for crabbing then I think that should be okay. Any tips, advise and the rest would be wonderful. Thanks, Mark.D
      3. I have been crabbing every day in Scarborough. Off the jetty you can go out to the mangroves. I don't know what the area is called but you go under the main bridge connecting Scarborugh to Brissie. Anyway, we've dropped 6 pots 3 days in a row and literally caught nothing. We caught an eel, some toadies, two crabs that we had to throw back and we use to pull a few decent size crabs per pot. Our pots haven't changed, our bait is the same, but we are getting nothing. Is crabbing seasonal? Are areas suddenly been totally fished out? It's only a difference of a few months though since we last went out. Any tips?
      4. Had planned a trip out on Moreton Bay today with a mate looking for mackerel. Unfortunately he called it off last night due to work commitments. I just laughed, having almost forgotten what work means. Anyway I decided to have a solo trip and to use up the fish frames that have been cluttering up the freezer. I have had my eye on some very crabby looking territory but needed a high tide to get to it and enough water to get in and out. So I got there about 90 minutes before the high and dropped four pots. Then I went to amuse myself for a while throwing a soft vibe around some threadie country. Got 2 bumps but no hookups. The bumps could have been blue jellyfish because there was no shortage of them. Also tried drifting over a couple of banks throwing soft plastics around in the hope of a flathead or two. Nothing interested in my plastics at all so I head back to the pots, about an hour after the start of the runout. First 2 pots had nothing. The third pot felt a bit heavier and bingo - a nice healthy buck that was obviously legal so into the esky he goes. I was feeling pretty happy about that because Mrs Scaley loves muddies even more than I do so I know I will get a warm reception at home, if you catch my drift. Then onto the last pot. Definitely some weight in this one, and up comes crabzilla. Chocolate brown and sporting the Maltese cross. I love it when you don’t have to measure your crabs. Called it quits then and headed home to clean up and cook the crabs. Crabzilla went 1.7kg and his little brother was just under the kilo. I think I have found my new crabbing spot for this summer. Now I just need the prawns to start running and the fish to get hungry and it could be a very merry Christmas.
      5. I hate it when I get my pots raided. I don't do it so don't want others to do it. I am glad that this person got caught.
      6. This was one from just last weekend... So since last December I have put a bit of effort into crabbing around the bayside and Northern NSW when visiting in laws. In my years I have been known to throw a pot or two in the water but it has always been something on the periphery of fishing rather than any sort of dedicated process. While I had a bit of time (ha) on paternity leave I decided to change this and spend some time really focusing on crabs. So my previous “ha” was in relation to finding I had far less time than I thought I would. Tanya is actually brilliant but the fact of the matter is I like spending time with the wee lad and have scaled back the extent of my weekend missions accordingly. So with short windows on offer I really focussed on land based bayside missions. I knew this would be a challenge as logic would dictate that easily accessed locations be over fished. Well logic has a funny way of being to obvious and I was to learn that there were many overlooked nooks and crannies right under my nose. On finding them… Google maps have been a big asset in my searches and I have combed every possible access point where one can pull up in a car, bash through some mangroves and set the pots. One thing in regard to overlooking certain areas is I suggest giving anywhere a crack. One of the biggest crabs I caught for the campaign was right a the bottom of my street in a very unassuming little trickly of a creek. Some decent crab sign... Under an urban bridge... Finding signs of crabs has become a real focus for me and an extra 5-10 minutes looking for holes goes a long way. Now of course there are probably countless holes under overhanging banks etc that are not easily seen but my thought process with crabbing in line up as many aces as you can. It is not like lure fishing where you just move… Once a pot is in overnight you have very little control from that point so you might as well maximize chances early. The less foot prints in the mud the better as well. Flats can also be as good as creeks. Standing permanent water seems appealing but I have had some success walking pots out onto mangrove covered flats at low and leaving for an overnight high. They are not that likely to be raided as it is pretty hard and easily hidden on low lying mangrove plants. The crabs obviously come out over night, crawl in and are waiting in the morning. I try to set my pots late in the evening and retrieve early to ensure my efforts are not noticed and so the crab doesn’t suffer high and dry longer than needed. On baits… Mullet has been a top bait for me but can start adding up putting a fresh mullet in each pot each day. Salmon heads are a new favourite and a fraction of the cost at a lot of seafood markets. Also during fishing adventures down in NSW whiting and bream frames work just fine. Most importantly setting them well in the pot I think is critical. To be honest the first few times (and certainly in the past) when I set my pots I was sometimes guilty of just throwing bait in. Quite a few times I can back to baitless pots with no crabs. You can theorize as to what did this all day long from little bream to crabs eating the baits from the outside… But the point is you do not know. This comes back to maximising your chance during the times you have control. I now fix my baits on the bottom of the pots with bits of wire or zip ties (if the pots no longer have their own contraption for this). On kayaking… I have found kayaking pots into hard to reach places an awesome option. So many sweet crabbing creeks are inaccessible from the bank due to thick vegetation and also inaccessible to boats due to being way to narrow. It is fiddly but worth taking the kayak option. Advice is to not overload as it is far more effort than worth. 2 pots is currently my preference. Also when setting, do so near some sort of bank you can get out on if needed. This will help set the pot, but is critical if you have crabs to get out, or baits to reset. A hessian bag is an awesome option as well as the crabs stay pretty quiet once you get them in and is far more practical in a kayak than a bucket or whatever. On cooking… I keep meaning to try new ways but to be honest… Mud crab, white bread and nice butter is very very hard to beat. My neighbours scored a crab off me they did an amazing pasta with but I have been loathe to complicate them to much yet. I have researched chilli crab etc and it looks amazing… But I think I need a serious surplus before I am trying this! When boiling I often put them to sleep in the freezer first. Not only does ease the conscious a little, I find a fresh crab dropped straight into boiling water loses its legs very easily. A simple time frame I read once and has worked every time is to bring the water to the boil, put the crab in, wait 20 minutes and your good. On Identification... So obviously you cannot keep females in QLD but you can in NSW. They are easily told apart in any case. The claws are quite different but the easiest way is the flap under the body. The males is narrower while the females covers nearly the whole body... MALE FEMALE Anyway this report is in no way designed to sound like an expert rather to share my own learning curve. I look forward to learning more as I go! Cheers. Angus
      7. Headed into the creek today to drop some crab pots in and rustle up some bream. Pots down and a few bream later it was time to head back... Back down the beach for one more dig at the Whiting for dinner (there are 9 people). Not a bad little crack and a good feast coming. Hopefully we can replicate tomorrow plus some crab Then little time with the boy before beer o'clock. 3 reports in one day... Not bad
      8. One thing i hope to persue (with the help of @Drop Bear and @Howler ) over Christmas is a bit of local crabbing. There is a lot of water locally and I see few people giving it a go so why not? Plan to get a few put this afternoon and check daily on the low (duties permitting). What is everyones favourite bait for the traps? We are starting with chicken frames but keen to experiment. I have even heard decomposing mangrove leaves are good as crabs are actually omnivores... Anyway a few christmas lunch crabs would not go astray when you see the market price!!! Angus
      9. After catching a sand crab on a line a couple of weeks ago, my son has been nagging me to put the pots in. I haven't put them in for ages because it means putting the boat in two days in a row as I try to let them soak for 2 high and 2 low tides. Being on holidays there really wasn't any excuses so we put the pots in Friday and pulled them out Saturday. We spread them from just north of Coochin to the mouth of Hussey Ck. We ended up with 6 legal Sandies from two pots which were placed in the middle of the passage on drop off from sand bars. Any pots further towards mangroves had undersize muddies.
      10. Hi all, Reports a couple of weeks late, been having puter trouble couldn't load photo's. Anyhow we went crabbing earlier in the month, got these two keepers. Got about 6 others but were all couple of mills under so returned them for some other. time. Everything caught were bucks, only soaked for about 3 hrs as we had shopping to do and a 2 hour drive home. Got a few bream but all were undersized,returned for another day. Cheers Gary.
      11. Hi all, is anyone willing to introduce me to Moreton Bay fishing spots? Ive just bought my first boat and would like some advice to get going, fishing and crabbing around the bay. Im based in Wynnum and have bought a cruise craft now rider.
      12. Was just wondering if anyone knows what type of crab this is??
      13. Finally got around to getting my pots in landbased at a spot I've been meaning/wanting to for ages. Had them in before but not in as far as they are this time so fingers crossed they are full of crabs tomorrow. Didn't seem like anyone else walks the banks so that's a good sign and should be too tight for tinnies so barring someone on a kayak/canoe going in there I should be OK. Some nice drains joining the main channel so all looks in order. Half a big mullet in each pot so here's hoping they're hungry. Decided rather than get up early tomorrow morning to check them on low tide I'll do them tomorrow arvo - as long as noone beats me to them they'll get the night high tide plus the big daytime one. All going well I'll stuff some more bait into them and keep them in for the next couple of days as I have my two out of town brothers and their kids in town. Fingers crossed!!
      14. Put four pots in ..... Got four pots back ....... Caught two crabs - one was too small, the other just legal Too empty so put it back Have been driving past a spot that looked worth putting pots in landbased lately so with the tides and bit of rain around decided this weekend I'd give it a go. Put them in yesterday arvo - first three spots had good access (ie. not to difficult). The third of them was at a 90 degree bend in the creek so I sort of wished I didn't have a fourth pot rigged up with bait ....... had to go through a fair bit of mud (and long grass) to put it in. Checked them this morning. First three totally empty - oh great, now I have to go and get all muddy just to retrieve the fourth empty (presumably - it was only 20-30m from the third pot) pot ...... Well, the fourth pot had the crabs in it so I now have the conundrum of next time do I go through more mud to see how far upstream I can set them. QUESTION: The creek has steepish banks and the usual drains that are completely dry at low tide. My pots were in the water in the main stream opposite the drains - would it be worth trying pots up in the drains themselves? They'd be out of water at low tide but I'm wondering (my crab knowledge isn't as deep as it should be ...) whether at certain times of the year do the crabs stay up in the drains? Anyway, had a go, got out of the house and a bit of exercise so I'll do it again sometime to see if I can start to crack the code.
      15. Wbgredcliffe


        Hi all, have not done a lot of crabbing. Would like to know if there is much difference in performance between the common string type pot v the wire pots. Also, is there any dimension regulations for pots in QLD Thanks in advance Wayne.
      16. Of all my years crabbing, I've never come across one of these. Noticed it inside the bait bag, munching away on the first pull of pots. Left it in there and was still there when I emptied the bait out. Was around 5-10cm long, had a head like a beach worm and on getting it out of the pot, ended up with a finger full of spines. Didn't hurt or sting, just more like I'd touched a cactus. That took away all chances of it being used for bait, so it was returned to the water, along with the discards of my crab bait and very much alive. On Googling it, appears to be called a Bristle Worm and gets much larger. You learn something new everyday.
      17. Hi. i wanted to know is it possible to get crabs from shore. do u have to wade the pot out or can u drop it off the side of a rockwall/jetty and also can u get crabs in winter?
      18. Headed out last night with my neighbour to see if we could convert the Mac Tuna into some mud crabs. It is good bait for crabs and we did 3 drops with 8 pots and caught 9 legal crabs. 3 we let go that were empty and the neighbour took 2 home and left me with 4. Going to have them this afternoon. Got out prawning a couple of weeks ago and scored over 5 kg so together the crabs will make for a nice seafood platter.
      19. Hi everyone I'm looking for some crabbing advice for the sunny coast area in particularly the Mooloolaba area. Im chasing both muddies and sandies. I have dropped a few pots around but have only been getting large females. If anyone wouldn't mind sharing a few spots in exchange for some reef marks or fishing spots let me know please. Also what bait does everyone use ? Has anyone ever tried crabbing out off Mooloolaba beach in the bay there for sand crabs ? thanks in advance
      20. Getting organised to do a bit of crabbing over the next month, plus hopefully start using my Prowler 4.1 kayak. Noticed these pots on Gumtree, anyone used them? /> Only 45cm diameter but on the plus side much easier to balance on the yak.
      21. I have 8 of the cheap Rogue crab pots from BCF. Just wondering if anyone does anything to alter them (entrances mainly I suppose). Would be keen to hear what works for you. I have some heavy duty bait bags made up out of gutter guard (I'll attach a photo at some stage - think they are with the boat at Dad's at the moment). Cheers and good crabbing to all!!
      22. Taken from Fishing World email newsletter 16 Dec 2014 Crooked crabber nabbed A recreational crabber has been fined $10,000 for possessing 67 unlawful mud crabs at Redcliffe, following a joint operation between Queensland Police Service and Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol (QBFP) acting district officer, Vaughan Heath, said the heavy penalty handed down by the Redcliffe Magistrates Court sends a strong message to crabbers. “QBFP, Queensland Police Service and other compliance agencies work together to enforce Queensland’s fishing rules,†Mr Heath said. “During the early hours of the morning, a search of the man’s vehicle found two large bags containing a total of 71 crabs – 67 of which were illegal. “Forty-eight were undersized male mud crabs and 19 were female mud crabs. “Exceeding possession limits, ignoring size limits and taking protected species shows a blatant disregard for the sustainability of our fisheries. “We feel this penalty sends a strong message to crabbers to stick to the limits and do the right thing.†Mr Heath said the Redcliffe area was an important recreational and commercial fishing area and QBFP would continue to monitor the area at all times of the day and night. “QBFP relies on the ongoing support of the community to provide relevant and timely information relating to potential offences concerning our valuable fishery resources,†he said. “People who suspect illegal fishing activities are urged to report it as soon as possible to the Fishwatch hotline on 1800 017 116. In Queensland, female mud crabs are no take species while male mud crabs have a size limit of 15 cm across the carapace, with a possession limit of 10 per person. For more information on Queensland crabbing rules, visit, call 13 25 23 or download the free ‘Qld Fishing’ app from Apple and Google app stores.
      23. Anyone got a good brissy river crabbing spot near/in Oxley creek? Cheers.
      24. Well done QBFP and well done magistrate, not only a fine but confiscation order too 3rd Sep 2014 9:39 AM /> A FISHERMAN has been fined $10,000 and had his boat and trailer, valued at $7000, forfeited after being caught with a large number of undersized mud crabs that had been trapped in the Caboolture River.
      25. Hi Everyone, My name is Danny and I am apart of a group of undergraduate engineers at the Australian National University who are building on an idea to stop people from stealing crab pots. Our idea is still in development and for us to continue, we require your local support so we can design a solution that is well suited to the intended application and works as the user wants to. To accomplish this, we have developed a survey, that if you could take the time to fill out, that would be much appreciated! The link for the online survey is Thank you for your time, Danny