We're doing really quite well with our '50 Things To Do Before You're 11&¾' project; The Boy is only just 5 years old and has already ticked off 37 of the 50 things! There are quite a few that he just can't manage yet, mainly due to physical capability or maturity. However, when we stayed in West Bay, Dorset earlier this week, there was one activity that was virtually screaming at us to do from the safety of the harbour walls:
There are families scattered all around the edge of the harbour in West Bay, and the small selection of shops and stalls are ladened with translucent plastic buckets and crabbing lines. As a vegetarian, I was keen that we'd be putting the crabs back again afterwards, and so was relieved when we bought a crabbing net as opposed to a line. We saved the remnants of The Boy's ham sandwich from lunchtime and headed to the harbour walls to start up.
Crabbing seems to be quite easy. We lowered the bucket down first to collect some water from the dock basin for the crabs, then we put some ham under the spring in the bottom of the crabbing net.
Top Tip: Choose a spot that has permanent obstructions, like ladders or pillars. The seaweed will build up around that area and the crabs hide in amongst the seaweed.
We were quite fortunate to catch a decent sized crab on our first attempt, which of course was then a little disappointing for The Boy when we didn't pull up a crab each time we raised the bucket. After about five attempts, an older boy came along and offered us his bait as he was heading home. Funnily enough they prefer squid a lot more to ham sandwich!
We ended up catching nine crabs in total, one or two of them were quite large! The Boy was mesmorised but refused to pick one up. As did I!
And while we were at it, we caught a fish in the crab net as well! That crosses off #8: catch a fish with a net!
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