Is Spanner Crabbing done on every trip?

No, we are not able to always offer the Spanner Crabbing as part of the tour. Certain restrictions apply.

For example, each year the Spanner Crabbing has a closure period. Generally this closure starts on the early November, and finishes mid to late December. The exact dates vary from year to year. Nobody can do any Spanner Crabbing during that time.

We also do not offer spanner crabbing on our 9 hour, 11 hour, 12 hour, 18 hour overnight and Sunset charters. Any length of charter is actually very long for Spanner traps to be down, but any longer than 5 hours and its simply not worthwhile.

Hauling spanner traps after sunset takes too long and impacts too much on the overall charter experience to make it a worthwhile component as well.

Finally, there are times when a group books the entire boat to themselves for a fishing charter. In such cases they can make the decision to not do any Spanner Crabbing if they so wish.

For more information on the Spanner Crabbing closure, and Spanner Crabbing in general, visit Fisheries Queensland on:


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