Crabbing (Jetties and Surf)
is a popular way to have a delicious seafood meal at low cost.
Sand crabs are the bane of any angler's life as they seem to
appear in their millions as soon as there is any bait around and strip
it from the hooks with impunity. Only the clumsy crabs get tangled in a
hook and line every now and then.
for nets and bait
Then head out to the Shop at Lake
for Sean's special crab bait.
Check for good nets and the chicken carcases Shawn has ready for crab
thing is buy a proper net. These should have natural fibre
netting and not the plastic netting. Many of these crab nets
lost every year on snags. Natural fibre nets on steel hoops snagged on
the bottom will
break down. The fibre rots and the steel corrodes.
synthetic plastic nets just make a hazard for all the other animals and
are just another source of snags for all fisher men.
some meat, like fresh chicken as bait into the center of the smaller
throw it off a jetty. The popular crabbing jetty is the Sandblasting
on Bullock Island, Lake Entrance
. It has strong
right in line with the lakes opening to the sea, so plenty of crabs
lurking around there. Just throw it far enough to clear any snagging
the jetty might cause, wait a while and pull in the haul. Try
other jetties, but be carefull of your fellow fishermen who may not
appreciate big nets being chucked in around their lines.
||As you can see on the left from M's cheerful smile,
crabbing can be a great way to have a day out fishing.
Why not cook them on the spot like M, M & M were doing above on
Don't use plastic netting and don't leave your nets in the water like
these inconsiderate people did!!!!
a fish keeping net and a net used for landing fish (coarser netting
will mean less tangles). Put the meat
fish heads or carcasses will do e.g. left over chicken) into the fish
keeping net and take it a little way into the surf (waist deep is
enough, do not go in too far - these waters are quite dangerous), such
Lake Tyers, and drag it about on the bottom over a small area to
attract the crabs into you. Have your partner armed with a
long handle on it about the length of a broom handle, (plus goggles
well) to scoop up the crabs off the bottom. A third person
bucket will speed things up.
In the kitchen and
ready for the pot!
However while they are seen as either as pests by some, and a great
by others, catching them must conform to government rules and
- Only 2 hoop nets per person (the person must have
a fishing licence, or be exempt e.g. aged over 65)
- Net must have the owner's
name and address
on a tag
attached to the net.
- Closed season from 1 September through to 15 November, except Port Phillip
Bay, Western Port Bay and Gippsland
- There is no size limit, but each net owner can only keep 30
crabs maximum (so, throw back the little ones!).
- Maximum net size is 50cm diameter hoops and 50cm for depth
of the net.
- Yabby Pots or Opera House Nets are banned.
- Crabs cannot be sold, only commercially licensed fishermen
can sell their catch.
Good luck and have Fun!!!
Website on Fishing Regulations