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Yabbie = Nipper ?

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I've been under the impression that yabbies that you pump out of the sand and mudflats are the same thing as nippers.

This weekend I took the family camping to the Basin (Pittwater) and brought the Yabbie pump as there's always plenty there and the kids love catching them after they get pumped out. Anyway a bloke came by and wanted to have a look, after talking for a new minutes he told me they were Nippers not Yabbies. I told him I thought they were the same thing . A 3rd bloke came over and told the 1st one that they were Yabbies

To shorten this, I left and they went on arguing. I know there are freshwater Yabbies which are different but to any crustacean gurus out there: Are these yabbies the same as Nippers?
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Squidder said:
In Victoria most folks call them Bass Yabbies. But I've also heard them called nippers. I reckon it depends on where you're from.

Just like juvenile snapper are called pinkies, squire, rugger and red bream in different parts of Australia :wink:
Reckon Jason's on the money, location is the key to the name differences.

I started with nippers in Port Macquarie and went to yabbies on arrival here, it's one of the easy ways to pick a visiting angler on the GC
Hammerhead said:
The green niopper tends to be a little tougher on the hook and is dynamite on bream and whiting.

Rob this dark bloke from the weed beds was the one for chasing elbow slappers, until we started using the tiny soldier crabs for the same result.

The big fellas really preferred the green ones over the pink
occy said:
T: Are these Pippies the same as Clams?
In the north pippies are often called eugeries but have never heard them called clams anywhere

Freckles the nipper you describe is the one we used for the big whiting but we got them in the ribbon weed
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