Bugger about your gear shark-slayer, especially when you are good enough to rlease the females, you would think Karma would be on your side aye.
You using paddle crab?
Ive been out once to Coopers lagoon area a couple of weeks ago, noting doing, one skate and a few dogs between us all on sqid, nothing hit the prawns.
Put the crab pot in off the Diamond Harbour jetty last Saturday evening,hoping for some paddelers, just 3 large clawed none paddel crabs reddy brown colour, never seen them before, any bigger andf they would be worth eating i think.
My cobber and his boys had a fish with raw prawn, nothing doing, fished until the rain clouds loomed just after dark.