Crabbing starts to heat up around Port Stephens

'Claws' with an early season mud crab.
‘Claws’ with an early season mud crab.


LOCAL crabbing identity ‘Claws’ has been testing the waters and the word is that the mud crabs are back.

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“It’s been my experience that the run starts around September and ends about May,” he told News Of The Area.

“For some unknown reason they go off during November but are back with a vengeance shortly after,” he added.

“Anywhere near the mangrove swamps is a good place for your traps and I’ve found that they come on better when the bigger tides are on the rise,” he said.

News Of The Area asked what bait is most appropriate.

“Fresh fish frames are ideal and it is wise to run the traps on a daily basis as octopuses will get in and leave you with little more than shells,” he said.

“You can legally keep female crabs but I’m keen to see them multiply so I release them,” he added.

It’s advised to check the laws before crab fishing as hefty fines can apply for the illegal catching of them.

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