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Fishing for Yabby, Catching Yabbies, How to Make a Yabby Pump

Catching yabbies with meat and string, how to use traps to catch yabbies, making a yabby pump, Yabbying in the Murray River video.

Catching Yabbies:

Catching with meat and string is a time-honoured way of catching yabbies, and kids absolutely love it. Even adults still find this method fun! Just tie a bit of meat to 3 or 4 metres of string and throw it out. When a Yabby grabs the meat and pulls the string tight just slowly pull him in! Tips with this method are to use white cooking twine as your string, which is easy to see and sinks (builders twine and other synthetic twine floats), to use meat without much fat so it sinks (very fatty pieces float), and to have a net to scoop the yabbies when you have them at the edge of the water.

The other method is to use traps. The traps to use are the ones that fall flat on the river or lake bed, allowing yabbies to climb over the bait, and then form a funnel again when they’re hauled in. Enclosed traps should not be used – they can trap and drown native animals such as water rats, turtles and platypus and are banned in some states for this reason.

There is a bag and possession limit of 200 yabbies per person in NSW, and females with “berry” (eggs) are not allowed to be kept.

How to tell the difference between a Yabby and a Redclaw Crayfish:
Cherax destructor, or the common native Yabby, have two raised longitudinal ridges on top of their heads. In contrast, Cherax quadricarinatus, or Redclaw crayfish, have four raised longitudinal ridges on top of their heads.


Video: Yabbying in the Murray River


How to Make a Ghost Shrimp Pump (Yabby Pump):
Instructional video on how to make a quick and easy ghost shrimp pump from easy to get parts from your local hardware store.

Catch limits in Victoria:

A special amnesty now allows the use of open top lift nets.

A scientific study on different designs of yabby equipment has shown that open top pyramid nets provide comparable catch rates to other yabby traps, but with a lower likelihood of catching other wildlife.

Hoop and dip nets will continue to be permitted. Opera house nets remain prohibited in public waters

The changes that will occur to yabby regulations through a Fisheries Notice are:
  • A daily bag/possession limit of 30 litres of whole yabby or 200 whole yabbies of any size(whichever is the lesser), or 5 litres of yabby meat, claws or other parts or 200 parts of yabby meat, claws or other parts (whichever is the lesser); and
  • Prohibit the take of berried females; and
  • Set a total possession limit of yabby at:
    • 90 litres or more of whole yabby or 600 or more whole yabby of any size (whichever is the lesser); or
    • 15 litres of yabby in any other form (meat, claws or other parts) or 600 parts of yabby meat, claws or other parts (whichever is the lesser).

Exceeding the total possession limit of yabby is subject to higher penalties than exceeding the recreational catch limit.

These changes are intended to limit the number of small yabbies that can be taken and sold illegally as bait, while allowing for the vast majority of fishers who comply with the law to continue to enjoy catching yabbies.

The total possession limit allows recreational fishers (particularly campers and other tourists in regional areas) to continue to catch yabbies while staying in an area for a number of days. (Source: Dept. Primary Industries Victoria)


See Also:
Yabby (Cherax) Photographs and Information

Fishing for Yabby, Catching Yabbies, How to Make a Yabby Pump

Yabby Recipes | How to Cook Yabbies

Yabby (Cherax) Commercial Fishery | Aquaculture Farming Yabbies

Other Websites about the Yabby (Cherax) | Resources about Yabbies


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