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IRMC000
01-06-2008, 06:10 PM
At Night:
Are Prawns attracted to lights?
Are squid attracted to lights?
OR - Squid come to lights to get the prawns?

Has anyone ever used lights to catch prawns?
Thoughts welcome?

Freeeedom
01-06-2008, 06:20 PM
Squid are definitely attracted to lights, which is why some of the jetties with lights on them are/were (in the case of the Woody Point jetty) great places to chase them in the winter. Commercial squid boats fishing the southern ocean use massive banks of floodlights to bring the squid to the boats. This is also why some of the squid jigs are luminous - shine a bright light on them for a few seconds and they will glow for quite a while, attracting the squid. You can also attract the squid in winter in places like the Redcliffe reefs by shining a bright light (like a pressure lantern) into the water on the calm winter nights after dusk and catching them on jigs very close to the boat when they come to the light.
Can't comment on the prawns since I've never tried prawning at night, although the plive prawns which I keep in the aquarium at home in between trips always bury themselves in the gravel on the bottom of the aquarium during the night.
Cheers Freeeedom

Pero
02-06-2008, 05:16 AM
Squid are definitely attracted to lights, which is why some of the jetties with lights on them are/were (in the case of the Woody Point jetty) great places to chase them in the winter. Commercial squid boats fishing the southern ocean use massive banks of floodlights to bring the squid to the boats. This is also why some of the squid jigs are luminous - shine a bright light on them for a few seconds and they will glow for quite a while, attracting the squid. You can also attract the squid in winter in places like the Redcliffe reefs by shining a bright light (like a pressure lantern) into the water on the calm winter nights after dusk and catching them on jigs very close to the boat when they come to the light.
Can't comment on the prawns since I've never tried prawning at night, although the plive prawns which I keep in the aquarium at home in between trips always bury themselves in the gravel on the bottom of the aquarium during the night.
Cheers Freeeedom
thanks for that info Freedom. Do you feed the Prawns and if so What?or do you keep them for only a short time?
I know prawns are active some nights in NSW,have read about it.Thats how they're caught there.

Freeeedom
02-06-2008, 06:59 AM
thanks for that info Freedom. Do you feed the Prawns and if so What?or do you keep them for only a short time?
I know prawns are active some nights in NSW,have read about it.Thats how they're caught there.

I find that I can keep them in numbers for up to a fortnight. They eat anything (including any that die) like fish food, small bits of raw fish etc. I've had one shrimp (the ones with the long skinny nippers) in the aquarium since early March. When I get out the net to catch the others for a fishing trip she hides under the rocks and has avoided capture every time
Cheers Freeeedom

Noelm
02-06-2008, 07:42 AM
I go Prawning at night (that's the way we do it in NSW) and you need a light to see the buggers, you would have to have pretty good Eyesight to go Prawning without a light, though I am not all that convinced that it actually attracts them, it is just a necessary part of the kit, Squid on the other hand have a preference for lights.

choppa
02-06-2008, 08:19 AM
I go Prawning at night (that's the way we do it in NSW) and you need a light to see the buggers, you would have to have pretty good Eyesight to go Prawning without a light, though I am not all that convinced that it actually attracts them, it is just a necessary part of the kit, Squid on the other hand have a preference for lights.

agree here 100%,,, the spotlight we use for prawning is more for our convienience than the prawns,,,,, and i think squid are similar to fish,,, they hang about the edge of the light waiting to grab their lunch,,,,or become lunch

choppa

aussiefool
02-06-2008, 11:01 AM
When I was younger, and went prawning, I used to use a kero lantern. That way the prawns had to come closer to the light and made it easier to net

carmenandmark
03-06-2008, 07:32 PM
Hi guys,

When you say you use a light at night for prawns, is that because they're eyes reflect the light or does it help you spot them on the surface?

This year I went out a few times on the Logan and Pine River for the first time and managed to get a few. Looking forward to nailing them better next year. :)

Thanks,
Mark

bbayjohn
03-06-2008, 09:07 PM
http://www.spooled.com.au/tmp_img/Prawn_holding_onto_Weed_(284)_2751.jpg

Yes prawns eyes glow in the dark but a prawning light works best underwater lighting up the area underwater and the prawns floating past. http://i4.ebayimg.com/04/i/000/d3/35/a699_2.JPGThe other thing you will need is a prawn net, try to get one with a long handel. I find prwning best done in the months with the letter "R" in them. And of course on a new moon or up to a week before as the tide is generaly better then.

choppa
03-06-2008, 09:18 PM
When I was younger, and went prawning, I used to use a kero lantern. That way the prawns had to come closer to the light and made it easier to net

andrew,,,,, ya showing your age mate,,,,,,,,,,,;D




http://www.spooled.com.au/tmp_img/Prawn_holding_onto_Weed_(284)_2751.jpg

Yes prawns eyes glow in the dark but a prawning light works best underwater lighting up the area underwater and the prawns floating past. http://i4.ebayimg.com/04/i/000/d3/35/a699_2.JPGThe other thing you will need is a prawn net, try to get one with a long handel. I find prwning best done in the months with the letter "R" in them. And of course on a new moon or up to a week before as the tide is generaly better then.

i didn't mean to repost the pics,,, but a thumbs up on the detail to show an answer to a query,,,,,,, well done

choppa

bondy99
03-06-2008, 09:35 PM
I'm eager to get some fresh squid from the jetties and piers accessible by land. Has anyone caught any in the last few days before the rain?

I wonder if the rain has an affect on them. i.e do they flush them out.

Peter

Reel Nauti
04-06-2008, 12:17 AM
If you're prawning with dillies. you lay the dillies on the bottom. The pull up is done every 15 minutes or so, in the dark. You only shine the torch into the dillies when they are near to the top. This drives the prawns down, and then you pull up quickly. Never fails.

Dave

carmenandmark
04-06-2008, 06:45 PM
I'm eager to get some fresh squid from the jetties and piers accessible by land. Has anyone caught any in the last few days before the rain?

I wonder if the rain has an affect on them. i.e do they flush them out.

Peter

I went out from the pine river a few weeks ago and got some squid near the sandgate jetty. I was directly out from the front of the church (it's not square with the water) in about 10 ft of water (there's a spot of weed). We didn't have long but got 6 in about an hour. I'd say as winter goes on they'll continue to pick up.

Pero
04-06-2008, 06:48 PM
I thought Banana prawns bury when it gets dark. my research confirms this and this is in keeping with Freeeedoms post. Could it be that the prawns in NSW are a different species maybe Tigers? Or could it be that Bananas are active at night during certain moon phases????

Noelm
05-06-2008, 07:28 AM
most Prawns we get in NSW Lakes and Rivers are your common old Eastern King Prawn or Schoolies, the kings are the same (I think) as the Trawlers get at Mooloolaba and places, but nowhere near as big, and the School Prawns are, well, School Prawns!, there is the odd species as well, but they are the mainstay of our Prawn fishery, both Pro and Rec, and I have had Prawns from almost everywhere there is, and it would be very hard to beat a fresh Lake Illawarra King Prawn for taste.

Noelm
05-06-2008, 07:37 AM
I might add how Prawning is done in my neck of the woods (as I guess it is in most other parts as well) first off, the most popular method is wading with an underwater light and a scoop net, this is usually done on the outgoing tide when the Prawns "run" out to sea during the "dark" phases of the Moon, most have an old boogie board setup with a box and bucket of some sort tied to it to hold your Prawns and Battery and stuff,, the leg rope is attached to your leg and it just trails along behind you then there is dragging, which is not all that common these days, but still goes on at certain places, then we have scooping from a Boat, which has several advatages as well as a couple of negatives, the big advantage is, you do not get wet! you can take your Thermos, eskie, whatever you like with you, but you are a tad restricted in your area, once you get setup, with a front and stern anchor in your secret spot, most do not move around on the night, so if the Prawns do not run near you, then you are buggered (but still warm and dry), then we have the shore based scoopers, if the channel takes a bit of a diversion close to shore, people with lights and long handled nets take up position along the shore, you need to be there in the afternoon to get a prime spot, and the net handles just get longer and longer (although I think there is a length limit by Law)

Scott nthQld
05-06-2008, 10:34 AM
Noel, thats the one things I miss from down there, the prawns and crabs from Lake Illawarra, they don't have the same taste up here, souther crusteceans taste far better IMO.

It's also good to hear they finaly done the job right to keep the lake open too.

Noelm
05-06-2008, 10:50 AM
the Lake Entrance is certainly good, but it seems to be slowly closing up again, maybe the rain we are getting will help flush it out a bit.