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Crab Trap Bans In Lake Macquarie Under Review

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Can you use witches hats and/or hoop nets in Lake Macquarie?

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On ‎10‎/‎14‎/‎2018 at 11:35 AM, Berleyguts said:

I have no problem in Port Stephens with the ban on witches hat crab nets. I use up to my 2 round crab traps and my 4 hoop nets. The traps I might leave down while I fish outside or elsewhere and check when I get back. The hoop nets, you have to work a bit. So, I’ll set them and fish nearby for flathead etc. then check the nets every 20 or 30 minutes. The catch rate is about the same, although I mainly target blue swimmers. No by catch in the hoop nets but last summer I did catch 2 wobbegongs in the traps, duly released. You can invert your witches hats to work like a hoop net.

I thought it was no crab traps in Port Stephens, until I re-read the fact sheet, So I can set my Hoop nets between sunrise and sunset, just cannot use the old Witches hats.

Might have to take them up next trip and see if I can get some Crabs.

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