PRIZED EATING: Des Stewart from Bridge Seafoods with a tasty mud crab.
PRIZED EATING: Des Stewart from Bridge Seafoods with a tasty mud crab. Warren Lynam

Put a muddy on the table for Easter dinner

IMAGINE sitting down for Easter dinner and serving up your own catch.

Not only will it have cost you nothing, you'll be the hunter gatherer hero of the family and the envy of your friends.

Prawns are typically the most desirable quarry, but fishermen keep their finds a secret and Matthew Planck from Swan Boat Hire at Maroochydore said he has not seen any major catches recently.

"Mud crabs are what you want, and there's plenty of them right now," he said of the tasty treats, before offering advice for those who want to put their own catch on the table.

"Mud crabs live in deeper holes and channels in the middle and upper reaches of most river systems at the moment," he said.

Mr Planck suggested those keen should get hold of a four-entrance crab pot and some fresh or frozen mullet as bait to tempt the clawed crustaceans.

Mud crabbing can be enjoyed at numerous spots along the Coast, and it's such an easy thing to do, the kids will love getting involved.

Choice locations to give it a try include Coolum Creek, the top end of Petrie Creek, the Mooloolah River above Kawana Way, Mountain Creek, Coochin Creek in the Passage and in between the lakes at Noosa.

"Around the full moon and new moon phases are the best times to crab, and as they're more active at night you can increase your chances by crabbing after dark," Mr Planck said.

Don't miss tomorrow's Daily for a special feature on the top five freshwater fishing spots

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