The Scuba Doctor also has free Cray Measures at the dive shop. Dive Torch: It needs to be sturdy to cope with the punishment metered out while cray bashing. We prefer LED dive lights as the light appears more natural to the Cray and makes them less likely to run back.
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You will be surprised how many more Crayfish you will see with this powerful dive torch. We prefer to use LED lights which produce a white, more natural light environment for the Crayfish. An un-natural light can have a very adverse effect on your Crayfish as they will generally rear back into their hole making it significantly harder, if not impossible, to catch them. This underwater diving torch is becoming a favourite of local cray hunters. Tough and rugged, with a lumen, 15 degree medium beam, and super long 15 plus hours of battery life.
Bright enough to light up cray nooks during the day, but not too bright so as not to scare the Crayfish. Dive Knife: A good dive knife is an essential item when diving around rock groins covered in fishing line. You'll also need it to clip the Crayfish tail. A popular choice with spearos, plus commercial, military, and rescue divers. The neoprene leg harness provides comfort and automatic compensation for wetsuit compression. Dive Float: A good dive float with Alpha dive flag tells everyone on the surface where you are. And it's always nice to let the jet skies and boaties know were you are.
When scuba diving with a dive buddy, a proper line setup back to the dive float also helps the two of you stay in good contact. This is great for a scuba diving surface marker, or as a surface platform for spearfishing and free diving. It will glide effortlessly through the water and allow you to easily tow it behind you without feeling like you're pulling a truck. If free diving, it's all about maximising your breath hold, reducing anxiety and increasing bottom time. Stability whilst on the bottom is crucial if there is any sort of swell about.
Having the correct weight on your weight belt is essential, you need to be positively buoyant on the surface but it needs to be easy to glide to the bottom. These fins have been designed not just for and spearfishing and freediving, but also for snorkelling, swimming and scuba diving.
They will surprise you with their fantastic performance. These fins are a perfect choice for deep freediving and spearfishing.
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The modular design means you can interchange foot pockets and different stiffness fin blades. Salvimar Drop Ergonomic Neoprene Socks - 3. The extra strong soles of these socks have an anti-slip layer to avoid skidding or slipping on wet rocks as you get to he water's edge, or the boat's deck. The high elastic properties of the belt will contract and compress with your body and wetsuit during your descent and expand and stretch as your body and wetsuit expand during ascent. This keeps your weight belt properly positioned around your hips.
The heavy-duty series stainless buckle is easy to use and lasts a lifetime. Also consider using a weight vest to transfer some weight up higher on your body to make transitions easier. To stay warm, a good two-piece 3 mm or 5 mm spearfishing or freediving wetsuit, plus a hood, is the ideal. This 2-piece 5 mm spear and freediving wetsuit is just what you want. If you don't already own your own gear, speak to your reputable dive shop like The Scuba Doctor. We can assist you with purchasing or hiring equipment.
The fleece inner lining is super warm, and makes the suit super easy to slide on over your skin. There are no zips on the ankles and wrists, nothing to go wrong. The ultra stretch dive neoprene delivers unrestricted freedom of movement in all directions. The world's fastest drying dive hood — dries in minutes! The gripper print on the back of the head helps to keep your mask strap in place.
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The Quick-Dry fleece inner lining makes it easier to don and doff. This is the 5mm version of the 3mm one above. We love them both for the same features and reasons. It's just how much you feel the cold, and what the water temperature currently is, that dictates your choice between the 3 mm and 5 mm versions. Crayfish are a bottom feeding scavenger that live on shellfish, crabs, small fish, or anything else they can find. Crayfish live on rocky reefs with plenty of cracks and crevasses where they can hide. A nocturnal creature, they often gather in large groups during the day and then venture out into the open to feed at night.
Generally you can find Crayfish in less than 5 metres of water. You will often have to move the kelp to see into their holes.
Knowing the habits and seasonal movements of Crayfish is key to finding them at any given time during the season. By far the best time to catch Lobster is at the start of the season. This is when they are holed up in shallow reefs, usually in low ledges just off the sand. Having just shed their shells Crayfish are a light pink at this time and some can be quite soft.
The size is generally very good. Mid December sees Crayfish start to move out into deeper water. They generally will be found anywhere there is low reef close to shore, with kelp cover, deep crevasses, holes with low ledges off the sand, and good clean water flow. Swim slowly and check areas thoroughly. Don't only check high ledges and caves as these always get hit first.
It's generally the low, hidden kelp covered stuff just off the main reef that hides the richest veins of tasty Crayfish. Where you hunt for Crayfish needs to be a very careful choice. It is important to take note of weather conditions and only dive if appropriate. See Melbourne Cray Dives for information about local rock lobster hunting dive sites.
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Once you are in the water, you need to cover as much territory as possible whilst trying to keep your heart rate and breathing to a relaxed level. Crayfish like to hide in a spot that offers them protection from predators, so they're not going to be easy to find. When you find them don't change your movements. Stay calm and slow whilst trying to catch them.
Stay focused and adapt you strategy to the movements of the Crayfish. If you see a Cray in a ledge, don't rush. There are a few techniques to catching them — some people like to chuck-in a line with a piece of bacon wrapped around it, an old fish-head, or even some catfood just puncture a tin several times to let the aroma escape. You should place the baited trap fish-head, catfood into the water, and tie it to the nearby riverbank to stop it floating away and doing some lasting damage to other wildlife.
Make a note of the time you placed it and come back in 24 hours time — this is really important as you can then release any other bycatch, if you were unlucky enough to catch any. You should also try to correctly identify them in case any of them are the native white-clawed crayfish, in which case those will need to be returned.