No it's not a Giant Alaskan crab or a Galapagos tortoise, it's a monster Upton Island mud crab caught by champion local crab trapper Jimmy Longson. Jim, a regular in the upper reaches of Tilligerry Creek, knows most of the crabs by their first name. This thumper weighed in at well over 2kg and needed to be wrestled out of the trap.
The crabs that tap dance in this Port are giants in comparison to those caught in other estuary systems along the east coast. Muddies over 2kg are not uncommon and blue swimmer crabs with a wing span over 75cm are also regularly caught. The reason for the incredible size and number of crabs in Port Stephens is the health and large area of our mangrove forests. West of Soldiers Point is an outstanding nursery for crabs.
Tons of mullet have arrived on our beaches particularly Stockton and Fingal.
Great news. Fisheries Compliance Officers nabbed a heap of Pippi Pirates on Stockton Beach as a result of a member of the public ringing the Hot Line 1800 043536