Mud Crabs

Submitted: Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009 at 07:20
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Can you catch mud crabs down the western australian coast as far south as Denman area or how far down do they come. Is there a legal season and if so when. Surely someone who enjoys eating crabs knows this already.
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Reply By: jezza68 - Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009 at 09:35

Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009 at 09:35
Mud crabs do exist all along the coast. Reports of captures have appeared in local papers as far Denmark on the South Coast. However they are a more reliable target North from Carnarvon.
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Reply By: Member - Rotord - Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009 at 10:23

Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009 at 10:23
Normal range was Shark Bay north . Since the extra strength Leeuwin Current of 1999/2000 , they have appeared in the far southwest . No closed season . 10 bag limit . No females with roe . Locals normally return all females . Haven't seen any reports of catch reliability south of Shark Bay but WA Fisheries has a crab specialist who would know .
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Follow Up By: get outmore - Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009 at 14:18

Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009 at 14:18
thought there was a 1/2 decent population at kalbarri?
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Follow Up By: Member - Rotord - Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009 at 15:31

Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009 at 15:31
I was quoting WA fisheries on the old range limits and these would be guaranteed good areas . The new southern ranges may already be good but I haven't seen any reports other than a brief statement from fisheries . It may be that the southern fisheries will be slow to develop or even decrease . Would be helpful to get some comments from southern crabbers .
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Reply By: Serendipity of Mandurah (WA) - Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009 at 19:53

Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009 at 19:53
Hi Mark

I have fished and crabbed along the coast in WA. Lots of blue swimmers but no mud crabs south of Shark Bay. Also no mangroves south of Shark Bay. I have always linked mud crabs and mangroves together so this could be the issue. There are some mangroves in Shark Bay but I have never seen a mud crab there. Lots of blue swimmers though, only you can't catch them in the regular drop pots. No sooner do you drop your pots with a bit of bait and a tiger shark will take off with the lot.

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Reply By: rocco2010 - Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009 at 20:13

Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009 at 20:13
gidday

a mate with acess to a newspaper archive did a search of fishing columns for me and there were reports of mud crabs in Wilson Inlet at Denmark in 2002, a couple of years after a particularly strong Leeuwin current. But no mention since. The odd one has also been caught at Augusta and even in the Swan River. Fishing people talk of them being established in the Moore River, just north of Perth, maybe even the result of a deliberate introduction (one for the conspiracy theorists).

But i guess anybody who is catching them regularly might not be telling too many people about it.

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Reply By: Gone Bush (WA) - Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009 at 20:40

Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009 at 20:40
There have even been a couple found in the Peel Estuary at Mandurah but the suspicion is that they were "seeded".

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Reply By: NigeB - Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009 at 21:53

Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009 at 21:53
Hi,
Have caught geen mud crabs (different size limit to brown's) in Greenough and Chapman rivers, but few and far between.
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Reply By: Bob of KAOS - Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009 at 22:42

Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009 at 22:42
Mark

You can catch crabs anywhere in WA.

Lyclear works well.

Bob
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