How to Catch Tahitian Prawns

At the right time and place, it is easy to fill a five gallon pail with these tasty critters - these crustaceans are big, many on them are a foot long from claw to tail. With just a make-shift spear, a few other items and a sense of adventure, an exciting evening lies ahead.


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    Locate a freshwater stream away from the city where the water is clean. Scout a stream during the day and return later at night.
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    Assemble the following: diving boots, headlamp or lantern, spear, a five gallon pail or cloth bag, and glove. The spear can be a small diameter mop handle with a spear tip fastened on, and an eating fork spear tip with the tines spread and not sharpened is better. The purpose of the spear is to pin the prawn to the stream bottom until they can be grabbed. Avoid puncturing the prawn with a sharpened spear. Prawns have claws that can reach behind their back so a glove is used.
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    Wait until the conditions are ideal. When it has not rained for a while and the steam depth is low till knee height or lower is good. Catching prawns is best done at night, their eyes glow from the lantern's (or flashlight's) light.
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    Try using a net. Prawns can also be caught with a net. A rectangular shaped net with two handles on each end is superior to a round scoop net because they conform to the stream bottom by design. The front of the net has crimped-on lead weights and these weights keep the net down and further conform to the bottom.
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    Consider using a trap. Tube shaped traps are used for catching prawns in bulk and they work better than the rectangular shaped traps. For simple, one-time harvesting of prawns, spears are the way to go.


  • When there is a fork in the stream, where there is a tributary stream, be careful because the water can suddenly get deep here. You could get your clothes soaked and your lamp, if it is flame based, like white gas or kerosene lamp, could be not usable if it gets immersed in the water.

Sources and Citations

  • The sources of this article are from the narratives of Dennis Irie and Moses Yere. They allowed to have their names put on the Internet.

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