Kids keen for Port Augusta Crabbing Day

FUN DAY OUT: Matthew Bolitho catches a fish at the 2017 Kids Crabbing Day held on the Great Western Bridge.
FUN DAY OUT: Matthew Bolitho catches a fish at the 2017 Kids Crabbing Day held on the Great Western Bridge.

NOW is the time to repair and test out the drop nets in preparation for the annual Kids Crabbing Day to be held on February 24 – the last Saturday of the month.

It will run from 8am to 11am for an age limit up to 15 years, with registration just $1 per entrant.

The new venture this year is the western end of the Port Augusta Wharf (Yacht Club end), following the closure of the Great Western Bridge.

The prize total of $250 is made up from $120 for first place, $50 for second, $30 for third, with the mystery weight fishing contest winner scoring $50. 

In recent times in Upper Spencer Gulf waters, good numbers of ‘Blues’ migrate right through, especially in February, and are the major focus for Port Augusta fishermen.

The crabbing event is an opportunity for families to rediscover a cheap outing for their offspring, and a scenario of fun times and enjoyment, learning and togetherness, and to take advantage of such popular windfall.

Included in the Saturday morning activities, the mystery weight fishing contest will run in conjunction with this annual event, with one fish per entrant allowed.

Organiser of the unique event Peter Huxtable said he was hoping to achieve good numbers from around the district.

He said the event attracts kids to come along with grandpas and grandmas, family and friends, and gets them to ask questions to further their fishing knowledge.

“It’s the attention to detail that wins out, especially with baits, looking for new ideas and chasing after it,” Mr Huxtable said.

Mr Huxtable said for the small committee of three organising the event was worth all the effort, as it is done with passion.

“It’s all for the kids and I’ve got a passion for the Gulf and like to share it with the kids,” he said.

“It’s self-satisfaction to see their faces when they catch a crab or a fish.

“It teaches kids to appreciate what we’ve got here in Port Augusta.”

This year marks 20 years of the event which celebrates both an outdoor lifestyle and family fun.

In 2017, Willow Brady-Waye took first place, while Asition Lockwood and Riley Babiak finished second and third respectively.

It teaches kids to appreciate what we’ve got here in Port Augusta.

Kids Crabbing Day Organiser Peter Huxtable

Rules for the crabbing event include:

  • All crabbing must be land based from the wharf area.
  • Only drop nets and hoop nets can be used.
  • Blue swimmer crabs (male Blueys) are the only crabs to be taken, with a minimum size of 11cm across the carapace (from side to side across the shell at the base of the spine).
  • Crabs will be measured from claw to claw (not weight or carapace size).