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#1 Jazman

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Posted 04 April 2005 - 01:31 PM

Hi guys,
I went spearfishing with some friends down the Great Ocean Road on Saturday, the swell was the smallest I have ever seen on this coast, which is usually very rough at the best of times. I dived at a few different spots between Lorne and Apollo Bay, here are some pictures of my catch.
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Posted 05 April 2005 - 07:31 AM

hey Jazz,

nice catch,...but where are the photos of the crays? you not holding out on us are ya?

:) :lol ;)

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Posted 05 April 2005 - 10:32 AM

Hey Ange
No mate, I didn't manage to find any! I was looking, but I wasn't on SCUBA on Saturday, so struggled to find many likely spots with just breath hold diving.
There were MANY commercial cray pots set all along the coast, so they are there!
Jaz :)
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Posted 07 April 2005 - 02:22 PM

Hey guys
I have been trying to catch a cray or two for a few months now. I only snorkell though, no scuba. Some people tell me that crays can be found in water less than a meter deep as long as there is suitable ground cover. Is this true? Also I have been told that a "cray snare" can be helpful when getting crays. Someone told me that you put like a noose over the cryas feelers and then pull tight, securing the cray. I thought that maybe the feelers would break. Any tips on how to cathc crays and where to look for them.
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Posted 07 April 2005 - 04:30 PM

I'm sure people have told you that cray snares are useful to help you catch crays, but THEY ARE ILLEGAL! Fisheries will confiscate all your gear and fine you if you're caught using a snare. They are legal in WA I think, but in victoria you can only legally catch crays by hand.

Yes crays can be caught in waters <1m deep, the key, as you have said, is finding area with appropriate cover. And this doesn't mean just rocks, it means holes, crevasses, caves and similar types of cover. If there are no holes for crays to hide in, you won't find any in that area, simple as that. Quite a few times I have gone over a reef very thoroughly, and found just 1 hole in the entire reef.....that contained 5-10 crays. Find the holes and you'll find the beasts!
As for grabbing them, best to go for the BASE of the feelers. If you grab them by the tips of the feelers they will snap off, the bases are very strong and spiny, and (mostly) stay attached to the cray.
Jaz

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Posted 07 April 2005 - 05:46 PM

Hi Jaz
Thanks for the info. The only thing that freaks me out about inspecting ledges and caves etc. is those mother conger eels! I have caught one on line before and it was huge! It looked like a python! Had nightmares about that beast! :P lol!
Thanks SAUCE :th
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Posted 08 April 2005 - 11:13 AM

You don't need to worry about congers, they are not like morays, they won't try and take your hand off or anything! I don't see very many where I go, but I have had a few run-ins with big octopus trying to steal crays from my hand.
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Posted 08 April 2005 - 02:21 PM

Do you eat the octopus? I have seen some large ones in Mallacoota lakes but have never bothered to eat them. I know you can pickle them but are they as good as squid or cuttlefish?
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Posted 08 April 2005 - 03:47 PM

I love octopus, but I find I need to pound them with a mallet or else they are too tough. Great on the BBQ :th
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Posted 10 April 2005 - 05:55 PM

hey guyz

i resently speard a big octopus up in merimbula i was on holladayz it was a big bugga... the spear was bending try to lift it up. but i was suprised by the colouring on it it was redy orangy colour i was unsure on it so i put him bak ... lucky he was still allive...they mustnt die easy... its head alone was bigga than my hand BY FAR..


jazman..how do u like to prepair them ??

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Posted 10 April 2005 - 10:02 PM

hi new found, the octopus might have been alive when you released it but chances are it would have died afterwards.

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Posted 11 April 2005 - 11:36 AM

hey glen

i just go in the tentical so i'm not sure...well if it did die at least some other fish would have had an easy dinner lol

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Posted 11 April 2005 - 05:16 PM

I have seen quite a few occys but never touch em cos I think they may be the blueo rings. How do you tell?
Thanks SAUCE :th

EDIT - Please check your spelling guys. I don't have time to correct it for you.

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Posted 12 April 2005 - 03:21 PM

Blue ring octopus are tiny, most of them have a body the size of a large walnut. Also, the blue rings are a bit of a giveaway........ :)
They are very shy, they spend most of the daylight hours hiding.
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Posted 12 April 2005 - 04:43 PM

have any of use eva speard anything dangerious or cum coz to sumthing while diving or snorkeling or spearin or anything?? or even been stung or bitten b4 bye sumthing???????
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EDIT - Please correct your spelling guys! Otherwise I will just delete your posts from now on. Cheers, Glen

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Posted 18 April 2005 - 05:39 PM

I've only seen big eels whilst looking for crays. Im always paranoid about sharks though! :)
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