A freelance writer new to Perth. Katie has written articles about her hometown in the UK for five years and is keen to see how Perth compares
Published March 6th 2012
I wanted a lazy afternoon enjoying the sun and scenery in Perth and, whilst I love Kings Park and Botanic Garden, I wanted a little more quiet and privacy than that which the park has to offer. So I tried a new activity for the first time - crabbing.
Now I'm certainly no fisherman (or should I say fisherwoman?) and I'm probably the unluckiest person I know, but I'd heard Swan Brewery Jetty was a good place to start out so I went along to give it a go.
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One of the best things about crabbing is that it doesn't require lots of expensive equipment, some friends and I went armed with an $8 drop net, some $4 hooks and some cheap chicken wings from the supermarket (obviously buy raw, not cooked, breaded, etc.). If you're optimistic about actually catching something, an Eski is certainly recommended, although for my personal experience it wasn't necessary (told you I was unlucky).
I'm told the best time to catch blue swimmer crabs is from around 5pm onwards, and during the summer and autumn months is most likely – apparently they don't like the cold any more than I do. It's important also to know the size of crab you can legally remove from the river (apparently some are protected species) so it's a good idea to purchase measuring tools from an outdoor store to ensure your activity is not going to land you in any trouble.
Whilst we didn't make any catches, the Swan Brewery Jetty has beautiful views of Perth and the foreshore and has perfect photo opportunities of the sunset over the Swan River. It's also a peaceful spot to sit out in the sun with a picnic in the afternoon or to enjoy night time views of the city.