Oysters and Mudcrab at Wooli

We’ve been at Wooli for the last five days.  Wooli is a tiny town on the NSW coast 50km east of Grafton and surrounded by the Yuraygir National Park. It’s also a great spot to get oysters, which you can purchase from the local oyster farm. This is also a good place to catch mud crabs, we caught some yesterday, so last night we ate 3doz oysters and mud crab between us, all washed down with a bloody mary cocktail.  This travelling lifestyle is not so bad.  Our fishing hasn’t been very successful in the river, so we thought we might give the beach a go tomorrow and see what we can catch.

Although the scuba diving here (at North Solitary Island) is good, we decided not to dive  this time and  to wait until we get closer to Coffs Harbour, our next stop. We can shore dive around Coffs Harbour as well as dive the South Solitary Islands, the diving is also a little cheaper.

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Wooli Wooli River sandstone cliffs: These cliffs are just at the mouth of the river, it’s a great place for spotting raptors .

Wooli Wooli River Bar Entrance:  The headland in the distance is Jones Point, it's a Marine Sanctuary and an excellend place to snorkel and explore at low tide.  It's not easy to get to, you have to swim across the river.

Wooli Wooli River mouth : The headland in the distance is Jones Point, it’s a Marine Sanctuary and an excellent place to snorkel and explore the rock pools at low tide. It’s not easy to get to, you have to swim across the river.

We crossed the bar in our little tinnie to take a closer look at Jones Point (we thought we might dive here later in the week).  However the water clarity had diminished to about 1-2 metres and now the southerly winds have picked up.  We’ll leave it for next time.

Wooli Beach:  You can see the town in the distance

Wooli Beach: There are lots of ideal gutters to fish in off this beach.

From the river to the beach.  You can see North Solitary Island in the background.

From the river to the beach. You can just make out North Solitary Island in the background.

Just some of the many oyster beds

Some of the many oyster beds.

Pelicans over the oyster beds at high tide.

Pelicans over the oyster beds at high tide.

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4 Responses to Oysters and Mudcrab at Wooli

  1. Jimmy says:

    looks amazing mate, just saw a show on catching mudcrab… they use steel rods and annoy the crab in its “bunker” till it decides to clamp down on the rod… looks fun!

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  2. BROWN Joshua says:

    Oysters and Mudcrab….yum!

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  3. Stuart says:

    Those pelicans are catching bait in and around those leases. I would guarantee there would be some big bream lurking amongst and below them. Throw an unweighted prawn into the current and let the current take the bait to them. Use at least 12lb line as those big bream will run straight for the oysters when hooked and bust you off so be ready to turn their heads. Or troll a deep diving bottom bouncing lure around the mud flats near drop offs and creek mouths and snare a nice flathead. Remember the big flathead are breeding females and have to be released. There are still reports of tailor in those beach gutters too. Have fun 😀

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