Blue Swimmer Crabs on the YP
Summer time is a great time to hit the beach, whether is just a weekend trip or for a little longer.
The Yorke Peninsula is a great spot for that relaxing getaway and it’s only a bit over an hour’s drive from Adelaide depending a where you stay.
If you like the sweet meat of the Blue Swimmer Crabs it’s pretty easy to catch a feed.
We see a lot of people with drop pots fishing from the local jetty’s with some good results. Others try their luck raking. We like to head to a little spot on a calm day at wallaroo just on dark with a dab net. Walking along in knee deep water you can select the bigger crabs, and if you have a good head lamp/light it can be a great way to spend a few hours.
The minimum size for blue swimmer crabs is 11cm, measured from the base of the two largest spines.
Females have a broader flap on their underside than males.
A female with eggs extending from the underside must be immediately returned to the water.
Check out this guide Crab Fishing in South Australia RECREATIONAL FISHING GUIDE
It’s also a good idea to drop in to the local tackle shops for some info.
Other rules apply to fishing in South Australia and these rules can change from time to time.
For the latest information about the rules that apply to fishing in South Australia go to the PIRSA website www.pir.sa.gov.au/fishing or call the 24 hour Fishwatch hotline on 1800 065 522.
Information is also available through the free SA Recreational Fishing Guide app which is suitable for Apple, Windows and Android mobile devices and can be downloaded via www.pir.sa.gov.au/recfishingapp