It’s that time of year again when Spanner Crabbing will be closed from midnight November 20 until midnight December 20th, 2016. We thought it appropriate to tell you a little about Spanner Crabs that may interest you.

The purpose for the closure is to protect the spanner crabs during their breeding season when they are most vulnerable. The closure gives the crabs a chance to spawn and helps replenish crab stocks. Spanner Crabs are also known as the Frog Crab or Red Frog Crab. The first/front legs are “spanner” shaped and the rest are flattened and have numerous short bristles. The spanner crab’s body colour varies from orange to red. Spanner Crabs prefer bare sandy areas.  They remain completely buried in the sand for most of the day, but they emerge rapidly when food appears.  Sharks and turtles feed on spanner crabs. Both often take advantage of crabs being caught in nets.Spanner Crabs are found around most of the Australian coast from NSW north to southern WA. On the East coast of Australia spanner crabs don’t seem to like to go much further south than Coffs Harbour, and they don’t go much further north than 1770, so typically the main area’s are in pristine unpolluted waters from the top end of Fraser Island to Mooloolaba. They are caught commercially, mainly using dillies, but also as a by-catch of Prawn trawling, off southern Queensland and northern NSW. Mooloolaba currently exports Spanner Crab to Japan, China, Hong Kong, and New Zealand.

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A crab’s growth isn’t continuous, but from a series of moults that happen when it reaches the size of its current shell. Moulting is triggered by hormones. A new ‘cuticle’ (hard protective layer) is secreted under the old shell. The crab rapidly absorbs water, splitting its shell along suture lines, then backs out of the old shell. Substances stored within the crab’s body are rapidly redeposited to harden the new cuticle into a larger shell. The fluid in the body is replaced with meat during a period when the crab feeds voraciously.

Amazing how nature works!  We hope the crabs spawn well and we get a good season next year.

 

The Sunshine Coast Food Trail was launched by famed Sunshine Coast chef, Peter Kuruvita, at an event at Mooloolaba’s Rockliff Seafoods recently.  There local spanner crabs are featured on Peter’s new SBS TV program ‘Coastal Kitchen’. Visit Sunshine Coast have a new interactive website, which we are part of, that enables visitors to create their own personalised food trail taking in the region’s best producers, markets, restaurants, cooking schools, events, wineries and brewers.

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And with Sunshine Coast Afloat all direct bookings get a free Rod and Reel to keep!

World wide kayak fishing is growing faster than any other activity!

Commonly referred to a “yak fishing” (who knew the work kayak was too long!) it does take skill and local knowledge to make the best of the advantages yak fishing has to offer. Thats why a guided kayak fishing tour is a great way to head out. The Sunshine Coast estuaries a brimming with all manner of species of fish, in areas motorised boats just cannot get to.

At Sunshine Coast afloat we also want to make sure you not only have a great time, but also the best value for money! As such every direct booking gets a free Kayak style high quality Rod and Reel to keep! Thats a retail value of approximately $200.00 included in your trip for which you are only paying $140.00 !!!!!! We can’t do better than that!!! You walk away with more in value that what you pay for the trip!

Our guides know these waters better than anyone and when you add in the amazing value deal this trip offers you,it will be obvious why only Sunshine Coast Afloat is running guided tours here! Fish the local estuaries, or for the more experienced and adventurous anhers we can, with prior arrangement organise a local dam fishing tour as well! The small additional permit and travel cost are well worth the incredible array and variety of fish available in these controlled waters! Or maybe a different Sunshine Coast body of water has your interest? Let us know and if we can assist we will! Locations such as the Namour river area are a rarely fished location that offer great variety and excellent quantities of fish. Of course the more remote we may need to increase the duration of the tour.

Sunshine Coast Afloat’s ideal Fishing Charters

Thats our Goal! And with more charter options, more deck-space, premium fishing tackle, and  the best crew, we believe that that is exactly what we do offer! It all adds up to more fish and a much better time out on the water!

One of only 2 such rides in Australia!

Had enough of the the normal flat water jet boat thrill ride? Bored with constant spins that do little more after the first 1 or 2 than make you dizzy, and not to mention uncomfortably wet? Let us give you a ride out on the open ocean! We will be spinning on waves and doing moves that will have you wondering if boats should really be able to do these things! This ride puts real excitement back into the Australian jet boat ride!

And with only 2 of these boats operating and offering truly extreme Jet boat thrill rides in Australia, this is definitely a “Bucket List” experience!

Able to operate in conditions that other boats cannot, the saying “the wilder the weather, the wilder the fun” is perfectly suited here!

Give us a call or book online and get ready for the ride of your life!

Experience an intimate private cruise on the open water!

We believe that if the weather permits, the best way to see the sun setting over the beautiful Sunshine Coast is from the ocean! The Glasshouse mountains, the stunning coastline and the lovely Mooloolaba foreshore all combine to provide a setting that just has to be seen to be believed! With a maximum number of just 23 passengers aboard one of the largest charter vessels on the Sunshine Coast, you will feel like royalty on your private trip! And shouldn’t we all experience that once in a while!

Book a private cruise with up to 22 of your favorite people, and enjoy being out on the water and actually heading out of the rivers and canals!

Priced to most budgets,  you will be able to choose from BYO everything to having every aspect catered for!

Most common cruises are 2 and 3 hours in length, but custom trips are also catered for!