BIG QUEENIE: Wayne Moore scored this nice queeny at the last Treehouse Tavern comp.
BIG QUEENIE: Wayne Moore scored this nice queeny at the last Treehouse Tavern comp.

Spread pots as a way to solve crab mystery - Scotty's tip

BETTER make it quick if you want go offshore because it could be twenty knots by Sunday arvo.

That doesn't really matter when crabs, grunter, barra, fingermark, flathead, queenies, whiting and mangrove jack are all on the chew at present inside the estuaries.

The reports from the bottom end of the river right through to Corio have all been positive this week.

Crabs are a mystery to some and others just crack them every time.

I have learned over the years, if you have limited time, spread your pots in different parts of the system until you find which part is producing.

GETTING SNIPPY: Jake Robbo with a fine pair of coory crabs.
GETTING SNIPPY: Jake Robbo with a fine pair of coory crabs.

Lots of times I see guys just run their pots as soon as they get sick of them being in the boat.

Then they run a string of them straight down the same stretch of water at the same depth with the same features. Sometimes they get all the luck, but by far the norm they miss out. Unless you know your spot like some of the guys here do, it will take a bit of work to find the crabs.

I seem to get a few by putting some in the little gutter along the main waterway, some right up the little creeks as far as I can get them and others in the channels running along the mangrove banks. It isn't very often you will get good crabs in every pot. Learn from that and move all the non producing pots into the same sort of country that the better producers are.

Word has it there are some early snapper starting to show around the area. Snapper like the same country as nannies in the deeper water but they will come into quite shallow water when things are quiet. Around here I look for them in water from 14- 24 metres over winter at spots like Forty Acre, Ross's Reef and the country near the Pinnacles.

They will take anything fresh from pillies to flesh, prawns and squid as far as baits go.

COOL KIDS: All the kids from the Treehouse Tavern Family Fishing Club with a swag of good crabs and a few fish too.
COOL KIDS: All the kids from the Treehouse Tavern Family Fishing Club with a swag of good crabs and a few fish too.

Snapper will definitely grab a plastic and even a chrome jig at times.

I dropped into the Treehouse Tavern Family Fishing Club weigh in the other day. It was the most casual (in a good way) event I had been to in a while.

The kids were all doing their thing, the adults were watching the kids or cooking a few snags, sinking a cold or discussing the weekend.

It was worth dropping in and you could do much worse than checking them out if you would like to get your whole family into social fishing club, where the emphasis is on a good time more than a good catch.

Thanks again to Bluefin Sports, Rosslyn Bay Kiosk, The Causeway Lake Kiosk, Stanage Bay Marine, The Secret Spot, Kalka Bait and Tackle are the local weigh points where you can get your photo taken or just drop yours in. Contact me at ifishcq2@bigpond.com

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