Crabbing at Lakes Entrance

2 Mar

Last weekend James and I went to Lakes Entrance with some friends to go crab fishing. It was a 4 hour drive, though the route itself was pretty easy – we just took the A1 the whole way.

After we had lunch and checked in, we hired some boats and went hunting for crabs! Actually it was less hunting, and more getting told by the boat guy where the best crab spots were. We split the boats into Boy boat and Girl boat (plus Carlo). Carlo tried to spearhead a movement to call it the Asian boat but it never really caught on.

This is Boy boat pulling up a catch.

We tied chicken carcasses to the nets and would drop them overboard and haul them back up 5-10 minutes later. The boat guy said that crabs would swarm in one area, so if you kept catching crabs you should just stay put.

This is Girl boat being Asian.

It was a gorgeous day and we all wore bathers, but once people saw the jellyfish in the water nobody was brave enough to actually go swimming.

Crabbing was pretty relaxing though! We would talk, then check the net every few minutes. Boy boat had fewer talkative people on it though, and James said it was mainly him and Simon talking. Actually James is not normally much of a talker – he’s gotten much better at it, I think because of his job.

James defected onto Girl boat halfway through because we had trouble cranking the motor (though in all fairness, he said our motor was significantly harder to start). He insists that he brought the luck, because Boy boat started well, but Girl boat came home strong. I think the reason was less James-luck, and more that Boy boat kept driving around looking for better spots, which was exactly what the boat guy said not to do!

We were consistently pulling up crabs all afternoon, and once we had an adequate buffer of crabs we decided to throw back the smaller ones. James used the tongs to throw this one at Boy boat.

Also when we were done with the chicken carcasses he threw those at Boy boat too. I think one of them hit Damo in the shoulder.

We caught 46 crabs in total. Girl boat caught more crabs but I think overall the Boy boat crabs were slightly bigger.

James is not normally a big fan of fishing or beaches, but even he said it was a really fun day. =)


6 Responses to “Crabbing at Lakes Entrance”

  1. Cat March 2, 2011 at 1:45 pm #

    Sounds like a really fun day! Cousins should go one weekend! I love the photo of James throwing back the crab, lol

    • pamperedhousewife March 2, 2011 at 3:05 pm #

      Cousins SHOULD go! I remember we were going to do a cousin fishing trip but that never happened. =(

  2. Jason April 20, 2011 at 3:33 am #

    Me and my friends are planning a trip to Lakes entrance next week. Would you mind telling me where are the best spots for crabbing?

    thanks! =)

    • pamperedhousewife April 20, 2011 at 8:01 am #

      I don’t know if there’s any one spot. But basically if you catch crabs, don’t move around, just stay there because the crabs aren’t moving. We actually found that time was more important than location. From about 1-4 you had to get a good spot to catch crabs, but once it hit late afternoon everyone was pulling up net after net of crabs. Maybe late afternoon is feeding time or something! Hope that helps. =)

      • Rowan April 13, 2012 at 10:29 am #

        I have a similar question. What about boat rental? How much does the rental cost and where should we go?


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