In late 2009 we stocked the larger dams with multitudes of yabbies collected from the overflow of one of our neighbours dams. It was muddy work collecting all these crays, but we had so much fun as well (you know what boys are like with mud)!!
You may be wondering what a yabby is ~ well it's a crustacean that is found in the dams around here. They are often caught by the farmers & cooked ~ some even think of them as a treat.
Me, well, I've only had them once & although I do love seafood, well I just don't love dam food ~ they tasted muddy to me ~ but shhhh..... don't tell the farmers around here (must be the city girl in me) ~ I obviously don't have a refined palate ;)
We had been wondering whether our yabbies had multiplied enough for us to go yabbying. We have been observing for some time the vast array of yabby holes in the shallows of the dams & when a recent dipping of feet into the cold water resulted in nibbled toes, we decided that they had certainly added to their numbers and it would be safe for us to venture forth & remove a few!
We waited for a beautiful warm spring day & with fishing line & meat in hand embarked to black dam ~ ready to conquer the yabbies!!!
After improvising with homemade yabby lures using the line & some sticks collected on the way we sat & waited
After about an hour of trying to lure them out of different holes we decided a change of location was in order to try & catch these elusive creatures!
Off to the big dam we went ~ all in a row as we skirted past Bessy's paddock & dodged poddy lambs who were eager to come with us. After only one wooly escapee requiring recapture we were there ready to ensnare the yabbies in these hopefully friendlier waterhole.
Again we spent a while ~ let me tell you it really is relaxing sitting by the side of a dam on a warm spring evening ~ even if you don't catch anything.
As daylight began to wane we decided to give up.....
But let me warn all those yabbies out there ~ we'll be back ~ & we've had lots of hints about what is the best thing to lure you with!!!!
Hope you enjoy your family today!