Crab pot theft anger
LENNY McGrath was left seething after one of his crab pots was stolen and another two tampered with in the Burnett River.
Mr McGrath said he and two workmates had set the pots about 200m away from the Kalkie boat ramp on Monday.
But when they went to check them on Wednesday, thieves had beaten them to it.
“There was a car there and, when they saw us pull up, they moved away very quickly,” he said.
One was missing, the second one was wedged under some rocks and empty, while the third had been tampered with when the trio went to inspect the pots.
Mr McGrath said he had seen three large white buckets full of water in the back of the car.
“It made me cranky because the friends I was with were young blokes just trying to do the right thing,” he said.
“Everybody who does put crab pots in should be aware of the sort of characters we have around Bundaberg.”
Bundaberg Tackleworld owner Don Robinson said it was common for customers to come in and say their crab pots had been stolen.
“It's just one of those things you have to accept,” he said.
Mr Robinson said there was little fishers could do to secure their pots.
“You can't sit there and watch them all the time,” he said.
Mr Robinson said on occasions pots were washed away in the current or by the high tide, prompting people to think their pots were stolen.
He urged those who thought their pots were stolen to report it to the fisheries department or the police.
Bundaberg Police Sergeant Leisa Norton said there had been no reports of crab pot thefts in the past four months.