How to catch a crab

30 May


Being on holiday is the perfect time to indulge in pointless activities.  In the case of Walberswick, this means catching crabs.

Equipment needed:

DSC_07241 crabbing line per child, available at all good seaside shops,



DSC_07181 long-handled net, the larger the better,



DSC_0739some bacon – large chunks are easiest for tying to the line,



DSC_0725and 1 bucket for containing the little critters once you’ve caught them.





1. Find a good fishing spot.  A bridge over an estuary or below a weir are ideal.




DSC_07442. Then you need to bait your crabbing line with a big chunk of bacon.  Crabs prefer their bacon smoked.  Why,  is one of life’s little mysteries.




3. Cast your line into the water and wait a short while.  It is not necessary to put the line in your mouth.  Unless you are two years old of course.




 4. Pull your line out of the water.  If you have chosen a good spot, you will have three or four crabs hanging off the bacon.  Catch them in your net.



5. Put the crabs in the bucket and cast your line again.





DSC_07436. When you have had enough, gently tip your bucket out onto the bank of the estuary and count your crabs.  We caught 26.  You could always introduce an element of competition here.

DSC_07237. Help the crabs back down into the water, unless you enjoy the spectacle of seagulls eating crabs alive.




7. Repeat each time you get bored of sandcastle making.  I said it was pointless didn’t I?  But sometimes pointless is great.



19 Responses to “How to catch a crab”

  1. Laura 31/05/2009 at 6:31 pm #

    That looks like top fun.

    We’re going camping near the coast at the beginning of the school hols. I shall be indulging in crabbing, if not for the children, for myself. Bring on the smoky bacon!

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 31/05/2009 at 7:12 pm #

      It was brilliant, I can highly recommend it!

  2. Tim Atkinson 02/06/2009 at 1:54 pm #

    Sally’s a great one for crabbing when we go to Norfolk. But none are ever large enough to cook…

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 02/06/2009 at 1:58 pm #

      Yes, it was a rather pointless activity. If we’d been able to eat them I’d have had the children working hard all week!

  3. Chloe Wilson 09/06/2009 at 9:30 am #

    I think my son would love this but I don’t know where we could go. We’ve only got little streams around us. It’s amazing what you can do to get your kids outdoors without spending an arm and a leg on theme parks etc isn’t it. The crab in that last photo looked huge!
    Cheers, Chloe

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 09/06/2009 at 10:25 am #

      They are salt water crabs, so it’s got to be near the sea, but slow moving water I think. We were at an estuary.

  4. Perfectly Happy Mum 09/06/2009 at 10:19 am #

    Oh looks like something my 2 boys will love doing when they are older! Me? I am not too sure, I am a bit of a wimp on that front 🙂

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 09/06/2009 at 10:26 am #

      You could just supervise! You don’t actually have to touch the crabs if you don’t want to. My children wanted to!

  5. Brit in Bosnia 09/06/2009 at 12:07 pm #

    In our family we also have the dog who eats all the bait to add to the fun and games…! Lovely post. x

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 09/06/2009 at 3:19 pm #

      the dog would have to compete with the crabs, they were vicious!

  6. Wife of bold 09/06/2009 at 12:24 pm #

    Lokks like you all had lots of fun – great pics. I’ve never been crabbing before but after seeing this post i think we will all be heading down to the nearest beach this summer holidays.

  7. Jo Beaufoix 09/06/2009 at 8:51 pm #

    Oh that looks fab. We love rock pooling but we’ve not used crab lines yet, May have to go for it. 😀

  8. Almost Mrs Average 18/06/2009 at 9:41 pm #

    It’s brilliant to see those photos of you guys in Walberswick. I recognise that bridge. Have spent many a cold day there 😀

  9. Heather 02/03/2010 at 8:21 am #

    this takes me back to going crab fishing as a kid, great post!

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 02/03/2010 at 3:10 pm #

      thanks, it was a lovely day together


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