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    I Want To Catch Crabs

    Now that the hilarious title has your attention, I have some questions about crabbing.

    My mate told me I could buy 4 crab pots from BCF for something like $25. I like the sound of that, and have always wanted to give it a shot.

    Any crabbers out there? I have a lot of questions:
    1. How can I tell where good spots are? Mangroves, river banks etc I assume.
    2. What different type of baits do the different crabs go for? As in muddies, sandies etc
    3. What are the rules? I can look up size restrictions but males/females etc? I am in Qld.
    4. How do I get the crab from the pot? Grab from behind?
    5. How many pots can I have out at once, what info do they need on them?
    6. Best way to kill a crab?

    I'm Googling too but I wanted some info from real people!

    Any other advice is greatly appreciated, and feel free to post photos of any crabs!
    Thanks a lot!
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    "feel free to post photos of any crabs"... asking for it, aren't ya, lol

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    well i was going to be smart and say when two people have sex and one has crabs then they will pass it to the other person and itch the hell out of you LOL. sorry i cant be of any help never went crabing here in qld only in newcastle
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    Hmmm best place to catch crabs...

    My tip..Just look for that dodgy drunk chick thats slumped in the back of a dark dingy pub

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    1/ Do you have a boat? It is a lot easier to get into the tight spot for muddies.
    2/ Any fish head will be good for bait.
    3/ you should be able to find size requirements and bag limits on the net.
    4/ With muddies have a small stick handy (10 cms long as thick as a finger), let the crab grab the stick, then grab the crab, I tape their claws shut.
    5/ not sure on the pot limit, once again check the net.
    6/ Dont kill the crabs, must cook them alive, tape claws shut, Keep them in a foam box with a wet towl.

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    Last christmas at the hawksbury, i got a blue swimmer, and a mudcrab.
    I put the mud crab pot right up in the muddy mangroves, and the blue swimmer in the river, about ten meters away from a sandbar.
    to get it out of the net, i had to try and stay away from the nippers, and untangle it.
    To kill it we put it in a pot of boiling water.
    A pic of the catch and the spot, im going back to that spot in 2 weeks, cant wait
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    I use witches hat nets for Blue Swimmers, don't know the regs for QLD, can have 5/person in NSW. One regulation I'm sure would be the same or similar is to have your name & address on the float. I use fish frames from stuff I've caught, usually flatties, tailor, Aus salmon etc etc for bait. I drop them in sandy areas with broken weed patches. I put them in the freezer for a while to kill them (don't let them freeze!). I don't boil them whole anymore, I did a chilli crab & salt & pepper crab cooking course at the Sydney Seafood School (Pyrmont fishmarkets, totally worth it for all you Sydney people!) & do them like that when I'm lucky enough to bring home some tasty BSCs. Good luck, there's been some cracker BSCs around down here lately.
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    Good cheap bait is a can of tuna/cat food with a couple of small holes in it
    U guys in QLD are lucky, where i live i have to line catch them
    Rule of thumb for catching muddies/blue swimmers is muddies in mangrove creeks and estuaries and B'swimmers in harbors and deeper water
    Although you can catch the odd few out of these ares
    Another thing now is the time of year to b doing it as they arent as common during winter

    If u dont catch any keep persisting as they can be affected by fresh rain water
    so just keep a pot out their throw some burley round the trap (just a little )
    and u cant go wrong
    Me and my mate used to get 6 crabs on average out of 2 pots daily using cat food cans ( in Bundyberg )
    One ,ore thing alot of peeps steel ur crabs so what i do is weigh the rope attached to the pot under water and tie some strong fishing line to the end of it and tie that to the shore

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    i catch these guys by hand whilst free diving



    and in QLD your best bet for fishing info will be Frequently asked questions about recreational fishing in Queensland

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    I was always taught to stab them under the belly in joint spot where the flap and shell met. But since I haven't done it for awhile, or can properly explain it, I did a bit of a search: Painless Killing of Crabs and Other Large Crustaceans -- Gunter 133 (3449): 327 -- Science

    Anyone else use this rapid temp-increase method???

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    Quote Originally Posted by andyscott View Post
    1/ Do you have a boat? It is a lot easier to get into the tight spot for muddies.
    2/ Any fish head will be good for bait.
    3/ you should be able to find size requirements and bag limits on the net.
    4/ With muddies have a small stick handy (10 cms long as thick as a finger), let the crab grab the stick, then grab the crab, I tape their claws shut.
    5/ not sure on the pot limit, once again check the net.
    6/ Dont kill the crabs, must cook them alive, tape claws shut, Keep them in a foam box with a wet towl.
    yep, pretty much it, cept we usually "sleep them" in the fridge (car fridge on the way home ususally) then straight into the pot, unless you cook them striaght away after catching...

    edit... Pot limit in QLD is 4 pots per person I believe, doesn't hurt to double check though....
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    Go to the valley.
    The hookers there are sure to have some.
    lol

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    I wouldn't mind catching a few mud crabs myself, but most of the spots that are good around here are national parks so I don't think we are allowed to catch them there, though people often do it anyway. another fun thing to catch is yabbies, me and a mate went catching them in a creek up in the mountains, we didn't use traps though, we just lifted a few rocks in the creek and the yabbies would swim out, the large ones go in burrows, so we mostly got smaller ones, they are very nice, we just kept them alive and boiled some water, put a bit of salt in and chucked them in live, I have heard once they die they are not safe to eat, could someone please tell me if that is true? sorry for getting this thread off track a bit if I did.

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    if you go crabbing in a protected zone and get caught, the fisheries officers have the power to take EVERYTHING that you used to aquire the crabs, so be nice lol, cause if they want to they can take your pots, boat and even your car... AND issue oyu with a fine... so make sure you look up where the protected zones are... they're usually signed very well tough...
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    yes I havn't attempted to catch them there yet, was just curious if I was allowed to, might have to find somewhere else. no signage though where I know of people going, I have seen old traps around and people go fishing there so I always thought it was legal. can you catch crabs by hand or with spear? thanks.

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