Crabbing (Jetties and Surf)
is a popular way to have a delicious seafood meal at low cost.
Sand crabs are the bane of any angler's life as they seem to
appear in their millions as soon as there is any bait around and strip
it from the hooks with impunity. Only the clumsy crabs get tangled in
a hook and line every now and then.
Looking for nets and bait
? Then head out to
at Lake Tyers Beach
for Sean's special crab bait.
Check for good nets and the chicken carcases Shawn has ready for crab
First thing is buy a proper net. These should have natural fibre
netting and not the plastic netting. Many of these crab nets are
lost every year on snags. Natural fibre nets on steel hoops snagged on
the bottom will break down. The fibre rots and the steel
corrodes. The synthetic plastic nets just make a hazard for all
the other animals and are just another source of snags for all fisher
Tie some meat, like fresh chicken as bait into the center of the
smaller hoop and throw it off a jetty. The popular crabbing
jetty is the Sandblasting
on Bullock Island, Lake Entrance
. It has strong
currents and right in line with the lakes opening to the sea, so
plenty of crabs lurking around there. Just throw it far enough to
clear any snagging the jetty might cause, wait a while and pull in the
haul. Try other jetties, but be carefull of your fellow
fishermen who may not appreciate big nets being chucked in around
||As you can see on the left from M's cheerful smile, crabbing
can be a great way to have a day out fishing.
Why not cook them on the spot like M, M & M were doing
above on Bullock Island.
Don't use plastic netting and don't leave your nets in the
water like these inconsiderate people did!!!!
Buy a fish keeping net and a net used for landing fish (coarser
netting though will mean less tangles). Put the meat (old fish
heads or carcasses will do e.g. left over chicken) into the fish
keeping net and take it a little way into the surf (waist deep is
enough, do not go in too far - these waters are quite dangerous), such
as at Lake Tyers, and drag it about on the bottom over a small area to
attract the crabs into you. Have your partner armed with a net,
with a long handle on it about the length of a broom handle, (plus
goggles help as well) to scoop up the crabs off the bottom. A
third person with a bucket will speed things up.
In the kitchen and ready for
However while they are seen as either as pests by some, and a great
meal by others, catching them must conform to government rules
Please pick an original at your friendly
local bait shop.
- Only 2 hoop nets per person (the person must
have a fishing licence, or be exempt e.g. aged over 65)
- Net must have the owner's
and address on a tag attached to the net.
- Closed season from 1 September through to 15 November, except
Port Phillip Bay, Western Port Bay and Gippsland
- There is no size limit, but each net owner can only keep 30
crabs maximum (so, throw back the little ones!).
- Maximum net size is 50cm diameter hoops and 50cm for depth of
- Yabby Pots or Opera House Nets are banned.
- Crabs cannot be sold, only commercially licensed fishermen can
sell their catch.
Good luck and have Fun!!!
Official DPI Website
on Fishing Regulations
Another document has been found at the local tackle stores to help
overseas visitors or non English speaking Australians understand the
complexities of keeping Australian fisheries viable in the long
term. The first two pages of this document is shown here to make
fishers aware there are rules and regulations to ensure that people
enjoy fishing but that fishing stays a long term recreational