How to Catch Prawns

Prawns are a small crustacean species similar to small lobsters. This aquatic creature is popular for cooking and for using as bait to catch larger fish. Prawns are relatively easy to catch using a variety of methods. Here a few tips on how to catch prawns.


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    Wade or use a boat.
    • Wading is an effective method of prawn fishing, because you can walk through shallow waters where prawns are plentiful and follow them as they move.
    • Boating is a popular method for catching prawns, because one fisherman can steer the boat slowly through shallow coastal waters while another skims the water for prawns.
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    Follow the tide.
    • Veterans always fish for prawns when the tide runs out. This is because prawns will naturally come up toward the surface of the water as it become shallower. This makes it easy to skim them out of the water with a hand-held net or with a two-man trawler net.
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    Fish at night.
    • Prawns have eyes that glow red, so fishing at night is one of the best ways to fish for them. Try to plan fishing trips on evenings when the moon is full, which will maximize the light reflected on the water's surface.
    • Use a flashlight to help you see the red eyes of the prawns at night. Shine it in an arc over the surface of the water.
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    Work with a partner.
    • Fishing for prawns will be easier if you work as a team with 1 or 2 other fishermen. One of you can be responsible for the net while the other steers the boat or aims the flashlight.
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    Hunt in shallow water.
    • Prawns hatch in shallow coastal waters and tend to stay in large, shallow bodies of water with tide pools or bays. Fish in these waters instead of deep bodies of water.
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    Move the water.
    • Create motion in the water around you or your boat. Prawns naturally swim with the tide, so your motion will stimulate them to move with the water and come up off the bottom of the bay or tide pool.
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    Position your net behind prawns.
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    Angle your hand-held net behind the group of prawns before disturbing the water. Move the direction of the water toward the prawns so they swim back with the water into your net.
    • This position also works well with a larger net. Spread the net out slowly behind the school of prawns before disturbing the water in front of them. Be sure there is a fisherman with the net ready to gather it up around the prawns when they swim into it with the movement of the water.

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