SAND­CRABS READY TO BE CAUGHT IN SUM­MER

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - LIFESTYLE -

WIN­TER is long gone and it seems we skipped straight to sum­mer, which is OK by me as it means the jacks are bit­ing and the crabs are pro­lific, par­tic­u­larly the sand­crabs.

Jacki Taylor (right) put her pots out on Tues­day morn­ing and a few hours later scored this great feed of sand crabs from the Broad­wa­ter.

Crab­bing has to be the eas­i­est form of fish­ing there is.

Step 1: put bait in pot;

Step 2: put pot in wa­ter;

Step 3: check the pot a few hours later.

Doesn’t get much eas­ier. A big chal­lenges is thiev­ing.

If you leave your pots unat­tended don’t be too sur­prised if some­one has ei­ther al­ready checked them or taken the pot com­pletely.

Per­son­ally I’d like tougher penal­ties for those steal­ing but I’m yet to hear of po­lice tar­get­ing crab pot theft de­spite the end­less frus­tra­tion.

We can help one an­other by pass­ing on de­tails of fish­er­man we see check­ing other peo­ple’s pots to au­thor­i­ties.

In the mean­time, keep an eye on your pots and get amongst the fun.

You don’t need a boat to land Man­grove Jacks; Jack Sleight scored this one on a soft plas­tic dur­ing last week’s storm Gold Coaster Paul Wil­shire fished in 40m of wa­ter out from the South­port Sea­way and picked up this 89cm snap­per on live yakka. One of the best mar­lin pho­tos ever taken has gone vi­ral this week. The crew on­board Hell­raiser tagged and re­leased this big black and some­how cap­tured this awe­some shot. It won't be long till our mar­lin sea­son starts so get ready.

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