TJ has been talking about going crabbing for ages so we decided to take him on a trip to Poole Quay.
If you haven’t been before, crabbing is a really fun thing to do for a very cheap set up. Basically, you need a large bucket, a hand line, a net and some bait. All in all, you can buy all of this for about £5 and there are lots of places along the Quay where you can buy a crabbing kit.
For the bait, we always use bacon – lardons if you can get it, or just normal smoked bacon that you put in the bag attached to the hand line. The crabs absolutely love it and it doesn’t smell as bad as fish bait! Luckily there’s a little Tesco along the Quay where you can buy some if you forget to bring some with you.
Poole Quay is a great place to go crabbing and we’ve always been pretty successful when we’ve been. We’ve tried at Weymouth before and haven’t really had much luck. It’s tricky keeping a 5 year old occupied for any length of time when you’re not catching anything!
We set up close to the RNLI museum and put down our lines. Literally, within a couple of minutes we’d caught our first crab. TJ was beyond excited. He’s getting really good and reeling them in now and was even able to help with the net this time.
We caught about 10 crabs in total and were there for over two hours! Before we returned them carefully to the sea, TJ picked one up to have a closer look. He’s so gentle with animals and we love that he isn’t scared of them. (Unlike me who nearly fell into the Quay when a crab escaped and I desperately tried to get away!!)