Mud crab mania: Wet weather flushes muddies out in numbers
MUD CRABS are on the march in Coast rivers after the heavy rainfall flushed them out.
It's sparked a pre-Christmas crab boom for savvy anglers, with strong hauls of muddies being recorded in the Noosa and Maroochy rivers.
It's prime time for the lower reaches of the Maroochy River, with Swan Boat Hire's Matthew Planck advising right now is the best time for crabbing in the lower reaches.
He said for about a week the deeper channels between Bli Bli and Chambers Island would probably prove most fruitful, as the mud crabs shift with the murky water and follow the food stocks flushed downstream as nutrients were carried downriver by the rainwater.
Mr Planck said the mud crabs would've been flushed out of their holes or hiding spaces underneath pontoons, jetties, in pipes and other obscure locations.
He said the crabs would make their way back into the upper estuaries and creeks as the murky waters dissipated.
Mr Planck said decent-sized crabs were being taken at Petrie Creek, where "better than average" crabs had been potted, and Eudlo Creek at the moment, and he expected very healthy catches of mud crabs to continue right through to Christmas now.
"There's definitely some good catches of crabs," he said.
He said there'd been some "pretty good" catches prior to the last storm, and this year was looming as the best in recent years for crabbers and local anglers eager to add some crab to their plates.
"The crabs won't ease up between now and Christmas," Mr Planck said.
Noosa River was also enjoying some reports of decent crab stocks being potted already in the lead-up to the festive period.