Only a few days till you can catch Murray cray

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Only a few days till you can catch Murray cray

Postby fishingvic » Mon May 29, 2017 5:44 pm

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Monday 29 May 2017 | Media contact: Nick Foster: 03 8392 6254
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Only a few days till you can catch Murray cray

Freshwater fishers are encouraged to try their hands at getting some fresh Murray crayfish for the table as the three-month fishing season north of the Great Dividing Range commences on 1 June.
Wodonga Fisheries Officer, Matthew McMahon, is reminding people in search of a fresh feed of Victoria’s prize freshwater crayfish, to know their limits.
“Spiny freshwater crays are a great delicacy sought by many, so it’s important we all know the bag limits, carefully measure the size of crays caught and fish with the right gear,” Mr McMahon said.
“It's also really important to return female crays with eggs attached to the water so the fishery remains sustainable in the long run for all to enjoy.”
Murray cray fishing rules include a:
 a daily bag limit of 2 crays per person:
 total possession limit of 4 crays anywhere in Victoria including your car, boat or home;
 minimum carapace length (the hard upper shell of a tortoise) of 10cm and a maximum of 12cm;
 valid recreational fishing licence, unless exempt;
 Requirement to immediately release female crays with eggs or young attached, and any oversize crays.
Mr McMahon said equipment restrictions also applied, which govern how Murray crays may be caught by fishers.
“They can be taken by hand, up to 10 baited lines without hooks, or with 5 or 10 hoop nets depending on the waterway.”
To help fishers measure their crays, free plastic tools have been manufactured, funded by fishing licence fees. They are available by calling the Fisheries Customer Service Centre on 136 186.
Mr McMahon, said Operation Galaxy would target Victoria’s North East this season and involve officers from across the state.
“Throughout the season we’ll be conducting uniformed and plain-clothed patrols of rivers and lakes to ensure fishers are abiding by the rules and fishing sustainably,”
Media Release
Monday 29 May 2017 | Media contact: Nick Foster: 03 8392 6254
www.vic.gov.au/fisheries
“Those people who do break the rules, risk on-the-spot infringement notices worth between $155 and $777, with more serious matters to be dealt with by magistrates in court.”
Anyone who sees or suspects illegal cray fishing is encouraged to ring 13FISH (133474), anytime.
For more information about Murray cray fishing rules visit www.vic.gov.au/fishingguide or download the free smartphone app called ‘Vic Fishing’.



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Re: Only a few days till you can catch Murray cray

Postby barra mick » Mon May 29, 2017 5:50 pm

last year there was stacks off little males and large females

be another few years until that changes imo

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Re: Only a few days till you can catch Murray cray

Postby davek » Mon May 29, 2017 6:05 pm

Almost a waste of times these days, cheers davo
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Re: Only a few days till you can catch Murray cray

Postby Brett » Mon May 29, 2017 6:34 pm

davek wrote:Almost a waste of times these days, cheers davo


Yep, close it down for 5yrs min, see how they fair.
Still a lot of ppl that don't care for the regs and remove ones they shouldn't. :(

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Re: Only a few days till you can catch Murray cray

Postby hunsky » Mon May 29, 2017 7:16 pm

davek wrote:Almost a waste of times these days, cheers davo


I've never fished for murray crays before, are they hard to come across these days?

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Re: Only a few days till you can catch Murray cray

Postby drew 2 » Tue May 30, 2017 4:09 pm

Brett wrote:
davek wrote:Almost a waste of times these days, cheers davo


Yep, close it down for 5yrs min, see how they fair.
Still a lot of ppl that don't care for the regs and remove ones they shouldn't. :(


Vic missed the boat again,should have shut it down on vic rivers running into the murray below the toc road bridge when nsw did to their waters in 2013.



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Re: Only a few days till you can catch Murray cray

Postby davek » Tue May 30, 2017 5:47 pm

hunsky wrote:
davek wrote:Almost a waste of times these days, cheers davo


I've never fished for murray crays before, are they hard to come across these days?


Cray's aren't hard to get but getting cray's within the limits can be especially when other people raid and damaged your nets, cheers davo
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Re: Only a few days till you can catch Murray cray

Postby hunsky » Thu Jun 01, 2017 12:40 am

davek wrote:
hunsky wrote:
davek wrote:Almost a waste of times these days, cheers davo


I've never fished for murray crays before, are they hard to come across these days?


Cray's aren't hard to get but getting cray's within the limits can be especially when other people raid and damaged your nets, cheers davo


I see thanks :thumbsup:


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