Ardrossan is a small town on the east coast of the Yorke Peninsula, about 150 km (90 mi) from Adelaide, South Australia. Tourism plays a large part in Ardrossan's economy with the town being a popular destination for Adelaide residents on weekends. While it doesn't have an attractive swimming beach, it is a popular location to catch fish, squid and blue crabs which are abundant during the months of September to April each year.
The jetty was constructed in 1876 and completed in 1878. It is 150m long with some benches for sitting while waiting for the crabs to get into the nets.
It was a very exciting experience for Vinh and me as this was the first time we'd been crabbing. Vinh ran up and down the jetty to check the nets every 5 minutes.
The South Australian Crabbing regulations state that anglers must make sure that their crabs measure the legal size of is 11cm across the widest part of the shell. Under sized and females bearing eggs must be put released back into the sea, otherwise there is a maximum fine of $5000. There is also a "bag limit" of 40 crabs per person from the jetty.
At the end, we successfully caught 15 crabs, although we had to throw back about 5 times as many that were undersized. At home, David cooked them the Aussie way by boiling them with a bit of salt and then we ate them with a seafood sauce...Yummmm! Next time we go, I will cook some with oyster sauce :)
Can't wait until we go again (which with any luck, will be in 2 weeks time :) )