Anyone tried taking out cray pots with the ski before I'm going to give it a go the weekend any advice is welcome.

Theirs 2 spots behind 5FB I wanna give a go otherwise will come in closer I already did a dummy run this arvo to drop/retrieve at 17m to see if it's hard work to do but find it very easy.




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 Hmmmm.  Id be very concerned

Fri, 2015-11-27 20:02

 Hmmmm.  Id be very concerned about weight.  Either your pots arent heavy enough or your ski will be bloody heavy!


But im not a jet ski petson.


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Fit as a bull

Fri, 2015-11-27 21:56

If you find lifting pots from 17 metres easy either your pots are very light or, you have the build of tarzan

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 Well txs for the reply

Sat, 2015-11-28 10:59

 Well txs for the reply everyone at the ramp this morning couldn't believe I was attempting to do the pots off the ski, both pots have 2 railway plates in and ample rope. I've baited them up with tuna heads and some mackerel. If I get one cray i'll be happy dropped them on a patch of sand right between two bommies will see what comes out. 



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Good luck!

Sat, 2015-11-28 11:05

 Good luck with the little adventure mate! 


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 I've got a JetSki at home

Sat, 2015-11-28 11:09

 I've got a JetSki at home that I've fished off a few times and I've thought about how easy/hard it would be to do cray pots with it, I quickly came to the conclusion that it would be too hard haha, but saying that I've got the luxury of having a boat that I can cray off which would be much easier. 

I think if I was going to use the JetSki to drop cray pots, I'd have a small pot without too much weight in it with a shortish rope and I'd be dropping it in holes in the reef in shallow water in areas that boats wouldn't dream of going into. The JetSki can get into nice tight spots so I'd use that to my advantage! Obviously tho don't put yourself in danger or risk your life, but you know what sort of areas I'm talking about!

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Good Stuff

Sat, 2015-11-28 18:01


bud, that's living! Hope ya bag out.



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Howd you go?

Mon, 2015-11-30 16:09

Been dying to get inot crayfishing, only have a ski so wondering how you went?


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Tue, 2015-12-01 04:39

 wow what n experience that was this weekend gone must share that we have some exseptional crays on the reefs around the 5FB never seen anything like that before

went out Friday arvo to drop the 2 pots on a bommy lots of other pots in the area so I was very hopefull to bag at least 1 so I was back whithin the 60min mark.

Sat - I was at the ramp at 5am out on the spot shortly after only to find my pots walked 102m further then the GPS spot from the previous drop and also found the bait hatches was open so the crays can open the hatches then mmmmm nun the less I re-bait them with lovely tuna heads and all, took them to the origional spot and dropped them and re-marked the spot.

Sun - I was at the ramp again at 5am and eager to get out before the wind came in, found the pots on my spot where I dropped them both empty, bait hatches open again and all 4 railway plates gone, yesss gone the damm crays must have a selection of screwdrivers down there to undew the stainless screws.

So brought the pots back to land got some plates cable tied in this time round and back at the ramp 2 hours later by then the wind came up and I managed to drop them in the shallows at 6m on some bommies so I was still possitive something might happen seeing that their was 9 pots in the area.

Thismorning I took the GoPro with was beautiful out there and found one of my pots gone and also 6 other one's were not where It was day before so recon someone did a sweep who knows, I've marked my main boy's so clearly with my name and number but still it managed to disapear, anyway the only one left managed to produce a Octupus that went into the freezer for bait. 


So all in all it was good experience and lovely weekend. 


[here is 2 video clips one was the run out thismorning and the other where I pulled the pot not the best camera work but still ok.]




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Waiting with anticipation

Tue, 2015-12-01 06:12

 Great to see the video and it looks like you have it sussed out ..... Shame about being taxed but l can see that you will get a feed ..... Have you thought about getting in amongst the reef line where the boats can't get too .... When I was out the back of Garden island chasing tailor on the ski  I could see some great ground for the pots ...... 

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Caught a cray yet

Wed, 2015-12-16 07:30

How is the crayfishing going caught any yet ?????

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just got back into perth from

Wed, 2015-12-16 13:35

just got back into perth from Newman this morning after nightshift,

picked up 4kg tuna heads ski is loaded and ready for t'morrow morning

will wait and see what happen this week



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 i had the same issue, i put

Tue, 2016-01-05 17:06

 i had the same issue, i put mine in off alkimos at start of the season only to find them about 500m away and alot closer to each other than i left them.

my story went a bit bad, was strapping down the second pot when a swell come through, the ski started tipping and kept tipping till i was in the water. while in the water a big fin passed right infront of me. i truly thought i was a gonner, anyways turned out to be a fucking dolphin and his mates.


couldnt get back on the ski with pots strapped on the back so had to dump them both off to get back on. ended up seeing a boat near by where some guys had just finished a dive so asked them to bring my pots back for some beers. (chose the safer option).


anyways long story short i have two pots for sale. plastic to be light but weighted with enough railway plates to hold bottom. come with ropes and floats. (just have to remove my gear tag from float) all ropes properly spliced etc. $180 each.

now just have to get courage up to get out more fishing on the ski. been out twice this week but still a bit uneasy, especially today with that northwester.