Crayfish/Lobster on soft plastic Moreton Bay

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Crayfish/Lobster on soft plastic Moreton Bay

Postby MrPinkie » Thu Jan 05, 2017 6:34 pm

Anyone ever caught an ornamental cray/lobster in the bay off soft plastics? Fishing with a bloke the other day who caught one after it latched on to his Zman grubz. One of the craziest fishing stories I've ever heard.

If they are in the bay has anyone ever specifically targeted them with pots or traps?
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Re: Crayfish/Lobster on soft plastic Moreton Bay

Postby MrPinkie » Fri Jan 13, 2017 11:17 pm

Sorry to bump this thread but I just found this underwater dive video at the same spot here at Scarborough Reef the guy I was fishing with caught a crayfish on a soft plastic as above. The video shows a crayfish hiding in the structure. I am really curious if anyone has caught one of these before in Moreton Bay, and if so how you did it thanks?

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Re: Crayfish/Lobster on soft plastic Moreton Bay

Postby gbc » Tue Jan 17, 2017 10:48 am

We used to catch painted Crays every now and then on live baits at cherubs on the other side of Moreton. It is a green zone now. Also manta rays on the Livies as well. Strange days.
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Re: Crayfish/Lobster on soft plastic Moreton Bay

Postby BrendanH » Tue Jan 17, 2017 10:40 pm

gbc wrote:We used to catch painted Crays every now and then on live baits at cherubs on the other side of Moreton. It is a green zone now. Also manta rays on the Livies as well. Strange days.


I'm going to assume they were juvenile mantas :) Strikes me that hooking into a full grown one would be a quick way to hitch a ride to Auckland.
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Re: Crayfish/Lobster on soft plastic Moreton Bay

Postby MrPinkie » Wed Jan 18, 2017 11:48 am

gbc wrote:We used to catch painted Crays every now and then on live baits at cherubs on the other side of Moreton. It is a green zone now. Also manta rays on the Livies as well. Strange days.

Nice. Did you ever eat one (the crays not Mantas lol)? If so did they taste OK?
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Re: Crayfish/Lobster on soft plastic Moreton Bay

Postby Team Manko » Sat Mar 18, 2017 3:33 pm

Did that bloke that got the lobster have a bright orange Hobie outback ???
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Re: Crayfish/Lobster on soft plastic Moreton Bay

Postby gbc » Tue Aug 22, 2017 8:23 am

MrPinkie wrote:
gbc wrote:We used to catch painted Crays every now and then on live baits at cherubs on the other side of Moreton. It is a green zone now. Also manta rays on the Livies as well. Strange days.

Nice. Did you ever eat one (the crays not Mantas lol)? If so did they taste OK?

Gee I've been slack on this forum. Sorry for the late reply.
We've eaten hundreds of painted crays - they are good. The one I caught that day we let go. We had a boat load of dive (scuba) gear on board and didn't fancy our chances of having fisheries understand that the cray was line caught if they pulled us up.
The manta was indeed a juvenile by manta standards.
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