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    Crayfish/spear fishing

    I would like to get into spear fishing, primarily to try and get Cray off the reef here in Cairns.
    Any tips and suggestions from the crew?????

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    Re: Crayfish/spear fishing

    G'day Simmo2

    All I can say is that you can only spear in designated areas within the GBRMP. I'd like to get some crays myself, I too have a speargun, painted crays are the only ones that can be speared as they don't go into craypots (so i'm told), but also read in the Fisheries Regs. I'm on southside of Brisbane. Send me a pm if your going out in the new year. Peter

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    Cheers mate. I appreciate the green zone thingy. Just after some 'how too's" really! Trade secrets etc!!

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    have a look here mate.
    good bunch of blokes and pretty helpful.



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    Simmo, interested in what you turn up, I also would like to bag some out from Cairns, have caught a few of the more southern species by hand in the past, a spear will save the drama of reaching in under blind ledges which is never fun.

    good luck

    cheers fnq
    Last edited by FNQCairns; 14-10-2007 at 07:41 AM.

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    Re: Crayfish/spear fishing

    Simmo, assuming you have access to a boat to go outside?

    I've actually had decent amount of success round the inshore islands and reefs, not sure what the current grmpa regs are these days though... however if your starting out chasing crays for the first time I'd suggest doing some inshore reef and islands. Its easier to get out to an island, moor the boat and work from the shore out or just offshore, out the reef you have to deal with more stuff like current and bigger noahs.

    Double island on the leeward side and the two known wrecks towards the north-west have always been decent, and hold a cray or two. As is Snapper Island up off the Daintree/ Cape Kimberely. There's also some inshore reefs near Yule point, you'll often see tinnys moored a couple of k's offshore from the point ... and no-one in the boat... cause they're freediving chasing crays.

    There's quite a few guys that go out together in a club type outing from Cairns, probably best if you check with companies like Cairns Scuba Air etc, am pretty sure some of the crew there are into it.


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    Cheers yet again boys!
    I was talking to Uri at Barron river today, I had heard of the 'northern' side of DI, but he also told me to check out the 'bit' between scouts hat and DI. The winds at the moment are crap, and (oh yep, I have a boat!) prolly wont get out even to the island for a week or two... But certainly its high on the agenda for 'out there'....
    The regs do have a closed season, and size/bags etc... The closed season is from the 14* lat and north, so thats about where Princess Charlotte bay is...doesnt matter here..
    On the subject of those wrecks.. the Ellis beach one and the one seemingly known as Butch Mackeral....I have them plotted in the GPS from the 2007 charts, I have trolled the mark tons of times but have never seen a definitive 'bommy' on the hummingbird.... The chart indicates that both of those wrecks should be metres above the surrounding sea floor??? Anyone know what the go is there?

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    Hmm and yet another way to annoy the missus!!,00.html

    Any idea's on those wrecks fellas?

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    Yeah I saw that on the news and thought that might keep you close to shore huh! There was another Noah attack down this way too, was a Great White on a 52yr old lady apparently... got away with just an arm injury... very lucky.

    Re the wrecks ... I havent tried those two, however there are 2 (off Double) listed (with GPS co-ords) in the local Bransfords Fishing Guide ... If you have the latest C-chart stuff on your GPS, you'll see one marked on it by default. It isn't named though just marked. You'll find this one is on one of the actual 'contour' lines on your GPS ... and its worth checking out. It holds mid-sized (legal) reds like small mouth etc and a cray or two as well.

    My tip would be to try it mid to late arvo and find the bait school .... theres almost always bait on it. Anchor up-current and drift into it, allowing some extra anchor line so your boat can 'follow you'.

    Don't get put off by finding small bumps, thats all it is at this spot. What you will find is that there isnt another bump for a few k's in any direction though. A good general tip is to take your time, dont expect to ping one (fish or cray) or your first sorty, it may take 2/3 freedives on same spot, and fish particuarly seemm to get used to you pretty quick if you get my drift. Crays are different, theyre just where you find them, and thats generally some coral with some space inside or behind it.

    Hope that helps

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    Cheers omullway!

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    used to spear heaps around the reefs off cairns and cape trib, typically look for crays in shallower areas, always used a cray tip on my gun and when i found a cray i would unload the second rubber so as not to pulverise the shell too much...not sure how many are around these days but i'll check it out when i move back up there next year....

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    Re: Crayfish/spear fishing

    Any of the headlands between Taylors Point and Port Douglas produce painteds(and big barra ).
    Suicide/Ratchet/Yule were some of my favourites..
    Accessible by car too !!
    Good luck,

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    Cheers Steve!
    My forecast prediction crystal ball says winds may die down end of next week, so will get out to DI first up to take a look at these spots that Uri told me about!

    There is a wreck on the charts between Taylors and Scouts hat (haycock)..I didnt know anything was there years ago, but have got a legal mackeral just trolling across to DI from Taylors. Havent been back there tho....

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    Re: Crayfish/spear fishing

    going after crays is somthing you have just keep trying at, its taken me about 2 yrs to find a productive spot, but i know all there holes and can always find them now.

    i never use a spear for them, in my opinion you dont need to, youll lose heaps at first but eventually youll learn how to grab them you sorta gotta go in slow and pick your time to pounce.

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    i do a fair bit of spearing around our area in Mackay. Shallow inshore reefs seem the best bet for crays, look for big unerhung bommies that have caves/deep cracks and ledges, the crays will be there. Their usually quite easy to spear, and with a bit of technique you can grab em and not have to use ure gun. i still like to spear em, no use risking that beautiful flesh!

    Cheers, Mitch.

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