Your guide for catching blue swimmer crabs in South Australia!
Catching blue swimmer crabs can be a fun and rewarding experience. Here are some great tips on how to successfully catch them:
1. Equipment: You'll need a crab measure, two ring drop crab net, rake or scoop, appropriate bait (carp chunks, whiting heads, Atlantic salmon heads, Flathead or fish frames), a bucket with fresh sea water or cooler for storing the caught crabs, and sturdy gloves for handling.
2.Locations: South Australia offers various locations for catching blue swimmer crabs, including popular spots in the metropolitan area such as Semaphore, Grange, Henley, Glenelg, and Brighton. Yorke Peninsula also offers many crabbing locations, including Ardrossan, Stansbury, Port Vincent, Port Hughes, Moonta, and Wallaroo.
3. Timing: Blue swimmer crabs are more active during the warmer months, typically from October to April.
4. Baiting the trap: Place the bait in your crab net using a bait holder or clip to secure your bait to the net, ensure your net is tied to the rail then lower it into the water. Allow the trap to sit for at least 10-15 minutes before checking for crab activity.
5. Regulations: Visit Reel N Deal Tackle to pick up a Crabbing in South Australia PIRSA brochure to familiarise yourself with the size and bag limits, as well as any seasonal closures or other regulations that may apply to crabbing in South Australia. Remember, no poultry or red meats are to be used as bait. In South Australia, no permits are necessary to catch crabs.
Always ensure you are compliant with local fishing and crabbing regulations PIRSA The Department of Primary Industries and Regions South Australia offer detailed information.
Additionally by joining local fishing clubs or visiting our friendly staff at Reel N Deal Tackle, we can enhance your chances of success.