A few weeks ago I took my kids for a walk around the place where I used to live as a child – Mudeford Quay, near Christchurch in Dorset.
It is a very popular location, with a beach hut currently up for sale for over £145,000 (yes really). One of the draws of the area is the opportunity to go Crabbing and whilst we were there the boys were fascinated by crabs that everyone had caught.
On Sunday, we decided to have a go ourselves and I was surprised at how easy it was.
- Hook-free crab lines
- Washing tablet net bag
- Crab bait – you can use fish, wet cat food or bacon
- Catching net
Once you have your equipment, with the exception of the crab bait it can be used over and over again so it is a good investment.
We established our spot and got to work. We put the bait into the net bags and added a couple of stones to weigh it down as it was quite a breezy day, and attached the bags to the line. Simply drop in the water, making sure it hits the bottom and wait.We waited, pulled the lines in and nothing. We did this for about 20 minutes and Isaac was getting bored so I took him off for a walk to see other peoples catches, whilst the older boys came up with their master plan. 10 minutes later, having reassured him that there were crabs to be caught, we were back and it wasn’t long before we got our first one:
The tides were now changing and we were in quite an exposed area, so we decided to move somewhere more sheltered to see if we could get more, but I just have to show you this gorgeous pic of my boys first.
We hit jackpot – we caught six crabs all together and had three excited boys very proud of their achievement.
We were there for 3 hours and if it had been warmer we would have stayed longer, but it is a great day out and all the boys want to do it again. Putting the crabs back was a fun affair too – we had a crab race, and watching them scurry back to their home was great fun, especially as mine won!