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Message started by tadpole on Jan 11th, 2019 at 10:54am

Title: Marron season 2019
Post by tadpole on Jan 11th, 2019 at 10:54am
Setting myself up for failure here. Decided to run a bit of a "blog" on my trials and tribulations during the current marron season. Won't be heading out for my first trip till next week. Have seen some good catches coming already from further south so my hopes are high

Title: Re: Marron season 2019
Post by Derek on Jan 11th, 2019 at 10:58am
Looking forward to hearing more.  Maroon are something I have never tasted but they sure do look tasty little things.

Title: Re: Marron season 2019
Post by Smokeydk on Jan 11th, 2019 at 7:48pm
Must get to WA.....Graham Cahill...shows off his catch..on FB
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Title: Re: Marron season 2019
Post by Derek on Jan 11th, 2019 at 7:50pm

Smokeydk wrote on Jan 11th, 2019 at 7:48pm:
Must get to WA.


You are already half way there compared to me.  ;D ;D ;D

Title: Re: Marron season 2019
Post by tadpole on Jan 11th, 2019 at 10:55pm
Been watching some of Graham's solo work on YouTube. Find it much more enjoyable than his 4wdaction stuff. It's called Ausolo on his Ecomuse Images channel

Title: Re: Marron season 2019
Post by Smokeydk on Jan 12th, 2019 at 6:47pm
Agree........... I have enjoyed 4... I think...

Title: Re: Marron season 2019
Post by shackles on Jan 12th, 2019 at 10:42pm
Smokey did you know you can catch Marron about 100ks from where you live?  8-)

Title: Re: Marron season 2019
Post by Smokeydk on Jan 13th, 2019 at 7:29pm
Nope but there is/was a marron farm about 20klms "Mt Compass" away

Title: Re: Marron season 2019
Post by shackles on Jan 13th, 2019 at 7:44pm
Smokey there are places on Kangaroo Island you can catch them in the wild. A Marron farm is also on the Island.

Title: Re: Marron season 2019
Post by tadpole on Jan 18th, 2019 at 9:03pm
Just got back from the first trip of the season. Plenty of marron about but they seemed a bit skittish so tended to outsmart me a bit. 2 adults and 3 kids walking along the bank with headlights might've been a bit of overkill with the artificial light. Going to attempt a more stealthy approach on my next go. All up we got 6 on the first night and only 1 on the second night. Plus one redfin and 2 long necked tortoises
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Title: Re: Marron season 2019
Post by Derek on Jan 18th, 2019 at 9:16pm
Wow, I would be happy with that.

Title: Re: Marron season 2019
Post by Rufzgutz on Jan 18th, 2019 at 11:28pm
The marron look delish  [smiley=drool5.gif] [smiley=drool5.gif] [smiley=drool5.gif]

Iím guessing they have the same taste/texture of s yabbie?

Reddie looks a good eating size.

What was your tortoise/turtle soup like? :D

Title: Re: Marron season 2019
Post by tadpole on Jan 18th, 2019 at 11:54pm
I like the marron more than yabbies. Similar texture to a crayfish, taste closer to a yabby, but with a hint of cray maybe. Made really good sandwiches with a bit of salt and pepper! Got a couple of good fillets off the redfin which I still have sitting in the car fridge, will have them tomorrow for brekky or lunch.

Title: Re: Marron season 2019
Post by Derek on Jan 22nd, 2019 at 1:44pm
Check these out.  What a size.

Story here - https://www.coastlive.com.au/news/local-news/busselton-man-catches-monster-sized-marron/
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Title: Re: Marron season 2019
Post by tadpole on Jan 23rd, 2019 at 9:36am
My mum sent me that yesterday. It was on the The West Australian Facebook page as well. Hopefully it means every man and his dog will be heading to Busselton this weekend. I've got a trip planned to the Murray River again but a bit further down than where I went last week trying to avoid the Aussie Day crowds

Title: Re: Marron season 2019
Post by tadpole on Jan 28th, 2019 at 8:57pm
Got back yesterday. Didn't really try very hard with the marroning, so didn't catch anything. Was a nice little spot about an hour and a half from home.
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Title: Re: Marron season 2019
Post by tadpole on Feb 1st, 2019 at 9:42am
Went on a bit of a scouting mission very close to home last night. And found quite a few marron. All of a 5.6km drive from home. With only 4 days left of the season, I hope to do a good session down here over the weekend. I caught 3 all up in 2 hours, all were just a little undersize so didn't keep any, but it's a good sign for when I don't feel like driving an hour or 2 onto the SW forests, as I did see bigger specimens hovering back off the baits, just out of reach of my scoop. I also saw heaps of freshwater cobbler, so will get some worms and have a go at a few of those guys
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Title: Re: Marron season 2019
Post by Cactus on Feb 1st, 2019 at 2:19pm
A nice bit of water there Tad.

Title: Re: Marron season 2019
Post by Derek on Feb 3rd, 2019 at 12:35pm
Some beautiful spots over there.

Title: Re: Marron season 2019
Post by tadpole on Feb 4th, 2019 at 1:42pm
Went back to my local waterhole last night, used drop nets this time with great success. Got my PB marron with a 95mm carapace. Thinking of trying to mount him in my shed if I can find a good ant nest to clean him out for me. Also picked up a couple cobbler. Wasn't sure how to clean them properly so filleted one and massacred it, so cooked the other whole minus the head. Was very tasty for breakfast.
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Title: Re: Marron season 2019
Post by Derek on Feb 4th, 2019 at 1:54pm

tadpole wrote on Feb 4th, 2019 at 1:42pm:
Also picked up a couple cobbler. Wasn't sure how to clean them properly so filleted one and massacred it


I usually drive a nail through the head onto a post.

Make a cut just through the skin right the way around just below the gills.

Then using a pair of pliers grab the skin and simply pull it off.

Then you can fillet as a normal fish or cook whole without the skin on.

Very nice looking marron as well.

Title: Re: Marron season 2019
Post by tadpole on Feb 4th, 2019 at 8:53pm
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Title: Re: Marron season 2019
Post by Derek on Feb 4th, 2019 at 9:10pm
Looks great.  We need a drooling emotion. [smiley=drool5.gif] [smiley=drool5.gif] [smiley=drool5.gif] [smiley=drool5.gif]

Title: Re: Marron season 2019
Post by paulhenry on Feb 4th, 2019 at 10:04pm
Interesting read Tad. Not sure exactly where u are but looks like great murray cod fishing areas. Korinne and I have spent a weekend yabbie fishing using baited traps and string lines, and we ended up with around 30 yabbies which we took home and boiled up. Haven't bothered since, after peeling them and only having enough meat for a couple of sandwiches.  They were tasty though.

Title: Re: Marron season 2019
Post by tadpole on Feb 5th, 2019 at 1:45am
I'm in SW WA so no murray cod over here. I actually had a laugh today while making a marron sandwich at lunch, thinking back to when I lived in Leinster and the amount of effort I had to go to to get a yabby sandwich. I used one marron tail to make a sandwich and it was loaded on pretty heavy.
Just got home from my last marroning session this year. Season closes tomorrow at lunchtime and unfortunately I got bugger all tonight

Title: Re: Marron season 2019
Post by shackles on Feb 5th, 2019 at 7:57am

tadpole wrote on Feb 5th, 2019 at 1:45am:
I'm in SW WA so no murray cod over here.


Read somewhere that Murray Cod where relaced into a water way down Albany way back in the late 1800's.

Title: Re: Marron season 2019
Post by Chally on Feb 5th, 2019 at 2:18pm
Nice feed there Tadpole!

Title: Re: Marron season 2019
Post by tadpole on Feb 5th, 2019 at 3:29pm

shackles wrote on Feb 5th, 2019 at 7:57am:

tadpole wrote on Feb 5th, 2019 at 1:45am:
I'm in SW WA so no murray cod over here.


Read somewhere that Murray Cod where relaced into a water way down Albany way back in the late 1800's.


I have heard of them trying to get cod over here but I don't think I've heard of any being caught. There was apparently one massive one caught in a lake in the city somewhere a couple of years ago. Not sure how much truth is in that rumour

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