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Message started by tadpole on Jan 15th, 2020 at 12:28pm

Title: Marron season 2020
Post by tadpole on Jan 15th, 2020 at 12:28pm
Marron season kicked off over here last week. Managed to get out a few times this week but without a great deal of luck. Got 2 undersize in my local spot, which looks like it's suffered a bit from poaching going by the illegal trap I found. Travelled a bit further away from home on Monday night and managed to get 1 sized marron. Back to work tomorrow then I've got next swing off so hoping to do a bigger trip somewhere for a couple of nights
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Title: Re: Marron season 2020
Post by Derek on Jan 15th, 2020 at 1:14pm
Nice one.  Half a dozen would have been better.

What is the bag limit on them now??

Title: Re: Marron season 2020
Post by tadpole on Jan 15th, 2020 at 1:19pm
8 for most waters. Trophy waters it's 5. Thinking about heading to Harvey Dam when I'm home next, which is a trophy water and you're only allowed to use a snare, which I've never done

Title: Re: Marron season 2020
Post by Derek on Jan 15th, 2020 at 2:50pm
Five would be ok as long as they were big buggers.  ;D

Title: Re: Marron season 2020
Post by shackles on Jan 15th, 2020 at 5:41pm
Kangaroo Island SA.has a small population of Marron. Never tried for them but I know they are there.

Title: Re: Marron season 2020
Post by TBF on Jan 15th, 2020 at 7:24pm
Never tasted Marron before.
Wonder if they are anything like our Redclaw.
They are very tasty, done various ways.(Mostly Sate)

Title: Re: Marron season 2020
Post by Derek on Jan 15th, 2020 at 7:50pm

TBF wrote on Jan 15th, 2020 at 7:24pm:
Never tasted Marron before.
Wonder if they are anything like our Redclaw.
They are very tasty, done various ways.(Mostly Sate)


Not only not tasted one but also never seen a live one.

As for redclaw I have found the best way to cook them is in a camp oven or a skillet with a lid.

Split them in half lengthways and wash the guts out then melt a heap of garlic butter in a hot camp oven or skillet.  Pop in the redclaw flesh side down in the butter, pour over a generous swig of nice dry white wine and put the lid on and allow them to steam in the wine.

Donít get much better than that.

Title: Re: Marron season 2020
Post by Chally on Jan 15th, 2020 at 10:24pm
Hopefully you will get onto them next time you are home.

Title: Re: Marron season 2020
Post by TBF on Jan 16th, 2020 at 1:19pm

Derek wrote on Jan 15th, 2020 at 7:50pm:

TBF wrote on Jan 15th, 2020 at 7:24pm:
Never tasted Marron before.
Wonder if they are anything like our Redclaw.
They are very tasty, done various ways.(Mostly Sate)


Not only not tasted one but also never seen a live one.

As for redclaw I have found the best way to cook them is in a camp oven or a skillet with a lid.

Split them in half lengthways and wash the guts out then melt a heap of garlic butter in a hot camp oven or skillet.† Pop in the redclaw flesh side down in the butter, pour over a generous swig of nice dry white wine and put the lid on and allow them to steam in the wine.

Donít get much better than that.


Will try that. White wine and garlic butter is a good combination.

Title: Re: Marron season 2020
Post by tadpole on Jan 16th, 2020 at 7:36pm
That mix in my mortar and pestle is a little recipe I got off Graham Cahill's youtube channel. Is just garlic cloves and a little bit of rock salt pounded together and then some olive oil mixed in. Drizzled over a half of the marron, cooked for a minute flesh side down then flipped to shell side down until cooked through.

Title: Re: Marron season 2020
Post by tadpole on Jan 29th, 2020 at 12:07am
Decided on the weekend to put a bit of effort into this marron escapade, so parked the car where I got that one the previous week, then hiked a kilometre through dense bush. Found a fantastic stretch of water with a shallow bay for swimming and plenty of deeper sections I figured would hold marron. Or redfin perch. I caught zip. Flicked a lure around for a while in the afternoon and then set the nets about an hour before dark. Got one undersize marron. Starting to lose a bit of faith in my local river. Planning a quick trip to where I got 6 in a night last year as a last gasp effort as the season closes in a week and it's probably cheaper just to buy the things from a farm  ;D
Was my first go at hiking into a campsite and learnt a few things from it. Swags are not hiking beds. Leave the foldup chairs at home (there was plenty of rocks to sit on). Source a bag for the nets. Purchase a smaller cooking device. The effort was all worth it though to find a nearly untouched section of river
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Title: Re: Marron season 2020
Post by Chally on Jan 29th, 2020 at 10:51am
Looks a nice spot. I'm sure it was a good little adventure even without catching a feed. Hopefully you with bag a few next trip.

Title: Re: Marron season 2020
Post by tadpole on Feb 7th, 2020 at 9:30am
A bit late getting this up, but spent 2 nights at a spot I went to last year. Got 6 on night 1 and 7 on night 2. All good size, plenty for a feed in the bush and was able to bring 10 home. Happy days
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Title: Re: Marron season 2020
Post by Derek on Feb 7th, 2020 at 9:34am
Wow, well done.

When I ever get over to the west I hope it is in Marion season so I can give them a try.

Title: Re: Marron season 2020
Post by tadpole on Feb 7th, 2020 at 9:36am
After that win last week, did a mad dash into the same spot on the last night of the season on Tuesday. Timed the drive at an hour, spent about 2 and a half hours fishing, then home by 11pm with 4 marron. There was plenty of big marron about, but they were easily spooked so had to be pretty stealthy. No jumbos in this lot, all were just over the size limit.
So I was pretty happy with how the season ended for me and have a spot I can hopefully rely on next year.
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Title: Re: Marron season 2020
Post by tadpole on Feb 7th, 2020 at 9:41am

Derek wrote on Feb 7th, 2020 at 9:34am:
Wow, well done.

When I ever get over to the west I hope it is in Marion season so I can give them a try.


They're very tasty. Like a mild rock lobster. I prefer to eat them fresh so tend to share them around a bit with friends and family who can't get out to catch their own. I have 2 I pre boiled in the fridge at the moment which I might freeze just to see how they go.

Title: Re: Marron season 2020
Post by Derek on Feb 7th, 2020 at 11:11am
Should be no reason why they donít freeze well.  Rock Lobsters freeze well.

Title: Re: Marron season 2020
Post by Chally on Feb 7th, 2020 at 11:43am
Good to see Tad; looks like you had a few good feeds.

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