Crab pot thieves running 'rampant'
TACKLEWORLD Bundaberg manager Ben Shorten has described “share farming” of crab pots in the region as “rampant”.
“If you leave your pots out overnight, there’s a 70% chance they’ll get checked,” he said.
“I live near a boat ramp and hear boats heading out between 1am and 4.30am.
“Some of those will be the commercial guys, but some will be reccies (recreational anglers) set up to share farm.”
Many victims find zip ties cut on their pots or their traps’ sides slashed.
“We’ve even had people come in and say they’d baited their pots with mullet frames, only to come back and find catfish frames inside,” Mr Shorten said.
Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district officer Geoff Fergusson reminded fishers that interfering with a fishing apparatus was illegal and offenders will be charged.