Mud crab secret revealed

Sophie Martin, 13, has been hauling in some impressive catches at a secret location using prawn heads as “magic” bait. Photo: Warren Lynam/182264
Sophie Martin, 13, has been hauling in some impressive catches at a secret location using prawn heads as “magic” bait. Photo: Warren Lynam/182264

She does not even like crabs but teenager Sophie Martin has stumbled upon a “magic” bait that has huge muddies almost throwing themselves into her crab pot.

Sophie has fished all her life but only started crabbing earlier this year.

She came across her magic bait by chance, when she did not have her usual choice of mullet to set her crab pot.

Instead, Sophie used frozen prawn heads from the previous night’s family dinner.

She stuffed the heads into a pair of fishnet stockings and set the crab pot at her favourite, but secret, Maroochydore location.

The next morning, when she went back to check the pots, there were three, big, juicy crabs.

The 13-year-old has continued using prawn heads for bait ever since with great results, catching three crabs the size of dinner plates in the last few days.

Sophie said she became interested in crabbing when she hooked one on her on her fishing line.

“I was fishing with my rod and I pulled in a pretty big crab,” she said.

“I thought that’s pretty big so there must be some more out there.”

Sophie’s mum Amanda said other crab baits her daughter had used were nowhere near as successful as the prawn shells.

“When she did the prawn shells, that’s when she started getting these ridiculously sized big bucks that we’ve been eating every night,” she said.

Amanda said her daughter got the fishing bug from her 14-year-old brother Hayden.

“He’s been a mad fisherman all his life – like sitting up all night and shark fishing and doing the whole lot,” Amanda said.

But Hayden had eased up on his fishing to concentrate on football and now Sophie was the fanatic.

Sophie’s friends don’t share her love of fishing but she lets them know of the ones that did not get away by using her mobile phone to show them photos of her biggest catches.

Her other interests include sewing and cooking.

Sophie has just recently learnt how to cook crabs, but don’t expect her to eat them.

“I don’t actually like crabs but my family does. They love them.”

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