Crabbing is a delightful summer activity, especially around harbourside locations like the Cobb, where you can simply dangle a crab line and enjoy the experience. For those new to crabbing, starting from a pier is an easy and effective way to begin. Timing is crucial – crabbing 1-2 hours before and after high tide is recommended for optimal results. This activity is not only fun but also a great way to introduce people of all ages to marine ecology.
The technique of crabbing involves a fine art of patience and skill. Slowly pulling up the line without alerting the crab is key. A bait bag, a line, and a net are essential tools. The Crab Fishing Line with Bait Bag, for instance, is a safe and effective option as it doesn’t require hooks. For a more eco-friendly choice, the Plastic Free Crab Line With Bait Bag is a great alternative. The Jumbo Crab Hand Lines from Ossian also offer great fun for both kids and adults.
Crabbing competitions, like the one at the Crab Shell Inn during summertime fairs, add a competitive twist to this activity. When it comes to bait, eels are a common choice and can be caught using various methods. It’s important to remember that crabs are bottom-dwellers, often found walking across the ocean floor. Therefore, when setting up your crabbing line, ensure it’s adequately weighed down.
Crabbing can be enjoyed in many picturesque locations such as Dartmouth’s embankment or Weymouth harbour. Mersea Island is another prime spot, nestled between the estuaries of the Blackwater and Colne rivers. When crabbing, it’s crucial to care for the crabs by providing a bucket with sea water and seaweed for shelter, especially since crabs are sensitive to direct sunlight. Lastly, remember to release your catch gently back into their habitat, ensuring a sustainable and respectful crabbing experience.