Norfolk is a great place for crabbing because of the many estuarial and creek waters that the crabs inhabit, and the top spots are Blakeney, Wells Quay and Cromer. Hunstanton is a great place to go rock pooling for crabs too.
Take a look at our guide and tips on getting the best results when crabbing.
1. All you need is a string or line, bait and a weight – try not to use nets and hooks as they can be damaging to the crustaceans.
2. The aim is to get the heaviest crab – it’s a game of quality not quantity.
3. Make sure they are looked after in water-filled buckets until you have finished, so they can be returned unharmed to their natural habitat.
4. Do not overcrowd these buckets as the crabs will need their space. There should be less than 10 in each bucket.
5. Tie the bait – we recommend bacon or fish heads – to the end of your string, with the weight tied above so it won’t float, lower it to the bottom of the water and wait.
6. When you feel a tug, pull the string towards you gently. Be patient, or the crab will drop off.
7. When you are successful, handle the crab from the back so your fingers won’t be near the claws.
8. Once you have returned all your crabs to the water, why not try some crab to eat – it’s delicious!
Crabbing is popular in Norfolk, and you can try your hand at it too, when staying at our Tingdene holiday parks which have a variety of static caravans for sale, a great choice for a second home.
Crabbing is fun for all the family, just remember to be wary of those big claws!
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Photo by: William Warby