I've been fishing for many years but never contemplated prawning. There is such little info on recreational prawning, particularly in the Southwest. I figure you lot would be a wealth of knowledge. Topics to cover could be: tides, moon phase, general areas to look and target, favourite gear and everything else i failed to mention. 

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Sun, 2020-05-24 19:42

 What method are you looking at, dabbing with scoop net at the surface along the river from a boat or land structure. The traditional method where a couple of people  drag a larger weighted net along the river floor.  Please be more specific.

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 I've tried once in

Sun, 2020-05-24 21:32

 I've tried once in dawesville - anchored the tinny in the cut at night on an outgoing tide after some rain (which is my understanding of the right conditions) but got nothing. Then headed to a little beach near the boat ramp and ended up getting a good haul of river prawns walking the shallows using the dab nets. At first I was disappointed because I was hoping for king prawns, but the river prawns were still good (albeit small) !


Not sure if the bigger king prawns are common in mandurah or not...


Ive also seen people dabbing for them off/under the bridges in mandurah. But again I think they were river prawns, not king prawns.

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 Have done it down south,

Mon, 2020-05-25 06:40

 Have done it down south, drag net, need to wait for the rains. Next few days could be good!