Monster marron haul gives Busselton fisherman bragging rights
A monster marron haul has left a Busselton man dining out on the tale of his catch.
The largest of the crustaceans — at 47cm — not only filled Mitchell Trigwell’s belly but impressed experts, who were surprised at its size.
The keen fisherman said he was with friends at a secret spot on a river in Busselton at the weekend.
They caught 48 marron, or three full bags, with the two monsters the most prized.
Mr Trigwell said the longest stretched more than the length of a carton of beer, with a 15.2cm carapace, making it 39cm larger than the legal minimum limit for marron.
“I ate them last night and they were beautiful,” he said.
“There have been plenty of marron kicking around. They are that pinky colour because they come out of a real clear water system.”
Recfishwest fishing development officer Matt Gillett said it had been a good season for marron, but he had not seen anything else of this size.
“A few nice marron come out each season,” he said.
“Last season I saw a couple come out of Harvey Dam over 140mm (in carapace length).”
Mr Gillett reminded people to stick to the bag limits and make sure they had their licence and proper equipment before going out to fish for marron.
This year’s season finishes at noon on February 5, but Mr Trigwell wouldn’t reveal the location of his mega catch — so anyone keen to match his haul will need to act quick to find their own special spot.
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