Ok, we are reasonably new to this, but I have to say we have thoroughly enjoyed it and I wanted to share some of what we have learned so far.
To be honest we had attempted crabbing in the past, but with little success- once we had a 6 pack of Gold! So the one time we caught something, obviously worth catching, some else checked them!
To be honest I am not the best or most patient of fisherman and I do suffer with seasickness. So creek fishing is ideal for me... and crabbing is even better!
Crab's apparently only move in months with an 'R'- now how true this is, we are yet to see. As we have only been doing this for a few months. But it would make sense as these are the cooler months. Also, they apparently feed well after rains, as this introduces fresh water into the system.
Now there are some rules regarding crabbing in Queensland-
Each person is allowed a maximum of 4 pots
You can only take male crabs- the girls 'Jenny's' are to be released. This helps with maintaining future stocks.
Also males have to be over a certain size- we bought a guide from the local tackle store.
|Male mud crab|
These diagrams shows the how to identify the males and the females. Males have the narrower flap on their underside, females are very obvious when you see them up close.