We manage sport fishing for mud crabs through size and catch restrictions and gear controls. In addition, when fishing for crab with a motorboat, sport fishing from the boat is required. Measure accurately with a crab gauge available in fishing shops. Using something else to measure, such as a can of soda or a ruler, can cause errors. The following is an excerpt from an email I recently received from one of our members. If you`re coming from the eastern states, you probably have crab traps on board. If you don`t like expensive mud, it`s worth leaving your traps in Darwin. Download the WA Recreational Fishing Guide. A: Mud crabs have very sturdy claws that are used to crush shells, so you don`t want the crab to bite you. To add to this sad saga, I was in Darwin a few weeks ago and learned that another KCCYC member had experienced almost exactly the same thing during the last dry season. He had legal trap nets on board for crab in Western Australian waters and his traps were stored at the bottom because he lives on his boat at Cullen Bay Marina and was nowhere ashore to drop off his traps. They confiscated his traps and fined him $200.
They told him he could pick up his traps in Broome, assuming he wasn`t on the boat when he went to get them from Broome. The last thing I heard was that he was so angry that he was going to get her from Broome. Catching crabs by other methods, including fishing nets, shrimp trawls or diving nets, is illegal – any crab caught in this way must be released. In addition, all sport crabs – regardless of age – fishing for crab in Puget Sound must carry a crab statement on their licence and complete catch cards to account for all Dungeness crabs they catch. They must also return their catch cards or declare them online, even if they have not caught any crabs or crabs. The deadline for returning summer and winter fishing cards shall be printed on each fishing card. If the crabs do not return their catch card, they will have to pay a $10 fine before they can buy another crab confirmation. Before you go, make sure you have the right permit (and catch card if you`re looking for Dungeness crabs in Puget Sound) and learn about each of the crab species you can catch and keep in Washington waters: Undersized crabs or egg-bearing females (« berries ») are fully protected. They must be returned to the water immediately before attempting to catch another crab.
A: Officially, mud crabs are « omnivorous » scavengers. But they are also cannibals and eat other crabs as well as barnacles, mussels and dead fish. Crab is one of Puget Sound`s most popular recreational fisheries. Each year, anglers catch more than 1.5 million pounds of Dungeness crabs with traps, ring nets and, in the case of wading and diving anglers, with their bare hands. A: Queensland law states that you own four pots per person and 10 male crabs per person. That`s NOT 10 crabs a day. (It is illegal to take female crabs in Queensland). The minimum size of male mud crabs is 15 cm. A measurement manual can be found here.
A: There are a variety of crab traps of different shapes and sizes, including round, square, pyramidal, foldable and net types. Despite their name, mud crabs are not distinctly green or brown. Silt crabs are found north of Shark Bay, on the muddy bottom in sheltered waters such as estuaries, tidal flats and mangroves. Catching « mud » is a real adventure, but watch out for their powerful claws. Remember to wear durable protective gloves or use tongs to protect your hands when handling mud crabs. Also, make sure you can tell the story between green and brown mud crabs, as they each have different legal minimum sizes. The green mud crab has large pronounced spines on its claw (A) and has more than one large pointed spine on its elbow (B): drop your pots even in very small streams and deep ravines, as crabs use them as highways in mangroves. A: Crabs love fresh bait, so some crabs change bait twice a day. Fresh fish or frames and buds are excellent, especially whole mullet (cutting meat from bones). Chicken carcasses or necks and kangaroo meat and bones are also good, but the secret is that it must be FRESH.
Information on mud crab fishing rules and size restrictions, can be found online or in our national guide to recreational or crab fishing in the Gascoyne region. Fisheries managers rely on individual catch map reports to estimate recreational harvest and determine future crab fishing opportunities. By filling out catch cards, fishers play an important role in maintaining sustainable fishing opportunities. All sport crabs 15 years of age and older must have an up-to-date fishing licence. Options range from an annual shellfish licence to combined fishing licences valid for a single day or up to one year. A: Where you put the pot is the most important part of the mud crab hunt. During heavy or « wet » rains in the tropics, rivers are high and cool and crabs, like most other fish, cannot survive in fresh water, so they migrate along shallow coastal plains. This is where you put your pots at this time of year. Mud crabs can be fast and strong and their large claws can be dangerous. Take precautions when handling a mud crab; Wear a durable glove, use pliers or deflect claws with a stick. In the most recent case, when he was arrested, the man had confessed to officers that he had gone fishing with illegal traps.
He confirmed that he baited, laid and pulled the two large traps once that day and caught a mud crab found by officers in his cooler. In one reasoning, the court was advised that crab traps can have adverse effects on aquatic life, as traps, if left unattended, constantly capture and kill aquatic creatures through self-inducement or ghost traps. Aquatic animals that need to rise to the surface to breathe, such as turtles, are particularly threatened. The magistrate granted the confiscation of the major traps. Unhooking crabs from under rocks, tree roots and caves or the shovel net for them in shallow water can damage the environment. So please walk carefully on the tidal flats and, if possible, stay on one path. Avoid walking on mud crab caves and destroying them. Also stay away from mangrove roots, as they are essential to the health of the mangrove. « The permissible way to take mud crabs is with a drip net or a shovel that complies with the rules. They can also be taken by hand or with a blunt metal hook. Fishing is a popular past in Western Australia for locals and visitors alike, and it`s easy to see why.
The Kimberley region has some of the best fishing in the world – whether it`s the thrill of landing an iconic barramundi or the adventure of mud crab hunting – Nordic fishing offers something for the whole family. Fishing rules in Western Australia are different from those in other states. The Department of Fisheries manages fish stocks in Western Australia through a number of measures, including legal minimum and maximum size restrictions, individual pocket restrictions, ownership restrictions, licences and seasonal closures. Before you start fishing, go to www.fish.wa.gov.au and download a copy of the Recreational Fishing Guide or download the free Recfishwest app from Google Play or the App Store to get rules for over 180 species of fish. By knowing the rules and following them, you help ensure fish for our children and grandchildren for the future. When visiting the Kimberley, you are likely to hunt one of the popular fish species listed here. Before going fishing, please find out about the rules of each species.