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February 23rd 2015
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The catch of the day
20-22nd February 2015



A Bad Case of Crabs



Well here we are again after another great weekend, after the usual running around to finally get gone on Friday night.

I collected Caroline from the station at 4.50 in Cockburn, then it was back to the house to collect Roobie, who had been prepared throughout the week and at the very last minute we put the final stuff in the fridge then shut everything down ready to depart.

Our destination for the weekend was not too far away as we were off with the 4 wheel drive club for the annual crabbing weekend and we were staying at the Estuary Getaway Caravan Park, and there would be about 30 of us.

As far as we were concerned as long as we getting a change of scenery then that would be good for us, of course to spend a couple of nights in Roobie and in the company of our friends what could be better.

We managed to leave home, at around ten past five and arrived at our destination South of Mandurah at around 6.30, we checked in and were directed to
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Hooking up the Tinnie to Jack
where all our friends were staying, we set up Roobie in about ten minutes and as soon as that chore was completed we needed to change as we had a table booked for seven thirty at a Restaurant called Coast in Port Bouvard.

Andy and Karen offered to drive us as our truck is a two seater so it would be silly to take two vehicles.

We arrived and met Peter and Leigh at the restaurant and went in and took our reservation, we were seated outside but behind a membrane to keep the cool night air out.

The food was truly amazing, I don’t think we are really foodies, but we do know what a good meal is and that is what we got, mixed with a very funny evening in great company we all had a great time laughing until our sides ached.

We got back to Roobie at about 10.00pm and fell straight in to bed, we were tired and drifted off to sleep instantly.

We woke to a very warm morning and a lot of our friends and other club members had already gone off crabbing, Kim and Floretta Parker told
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Kim, Caroline and Floretta walking to the beach
us last night that they had no intention of going off too early and would probably go crabbing at about 9.00 am and if we would like to, we could go with them.

Kim asked me to tow the boat down to the little sand ramp that was only about 200 mtrs away from where we were parked and I said that would not be a problem, they have a roof top tent and didn’t want to pack it all away, just so he could tow the boat so it made perfect sense.

With the boat in the water, I went and parked the boat trailer and walked back and got in to the Boat and we set off into the Peel inlet, where we would set our 10 crab pots, which had been baited by Kim with Lamb and Chicken.

The girls (Caroline and Floretta) where at the pointy end and whilst Kim steered the boat I threw the crab nets in the water about 30 Mtrs apart and by the time we had set the ten crab nets it was time to go back to the start and see if any Blue Swimmer Crabs had
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What a gorgeous day for crabbing
made a visit.

Floretta pulled the first line in and hey presto there was a Blue Swimmer Crab already resident, I was warned about the power of their claws and to keep my finger wells away and to hold the crab by its rear swimmers (Little Flippers).

We went up and down the line of crab nets a couple of times and ended up with twenty legal size crabs, admittedly we did have to throw back about the same number of under sized crustaceans, and we were only allowed to catch twenty as Kim is the licence holder and that is his legal limit, as Caroline and I don’t have a licence we are not allowed to catch crab from a boat but we would be allowed to do what is known a scooping

Within an hour and a half we had all of our catch and they were kept in a plastic box with a wet towel over them and Kim steered the boat back to the shore, the boat was pulled up on to the beach and would be left until tomorrow when Kim would use the boat again.

The afternoon was just one
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Captain Kim,points the way
of those lazy ones we love, the sun was hot and we sat with our friends for a while and I decided to go and have a nana nap in Roobie, so off I wandered and slept for about three hours in the warmth, Caroline had a shower and carried on socialising with everyone.

When I got out of bed, Caroline got in and did the same, I was working on a blog and Caroline instantly fell asleep, she had been asleep for about half an hour when Leigh and Peter wandered over and they came in and we sat and chatted over a cup of tea.

We grabbed our chairs and all, went and sat with the group as all the grabs had been prepared and put on the long table for people to help themselves, Caroline doesn’t eat anything that comes from the water, I tried it and I really wasn’t that fussed about it and could really take it or leave it.

This evening we had been invited to dinner with Angela and Mark, they had prepared a Thai Green Chicken curry that they needed helping with, they were parked next to us, so
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Floretta and Caroline
the good thing is we didn’t have far to go.

The evening swung along beautifully and again soon it was time for bed, so after a gorgeous Port night cap, we wandered next door and snuggled up in Roobie dead to the world.

Sunday morning, we slept until about eight o’clock, again the day would be warm but it was time to go home as it was back to work on Monday, still though we had a normal week, we would be away again on Friday night at Pumphries Bridge, with Andy and Karen and Peter and Leigh as we have a long weekend coming up.



Until Next Week

Kj


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Our first crab of the day
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Our first caller
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The Blue swimmer crab, what great colours
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Kim and Floretta Parker
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Pulling the boat on to the beach
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Feeding the 5000


23rd February 2015

Crabs
You do have the nicest weekends, don't you. Sounds like a great time, with good friends. As usual, keep up the blogs. Snow here on the weekend, but +5C today. And sunny

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