We haven't been crabbing for ages and decided to head off to Mudeford Quay and get away from the crowds and traffic heading towards Bournemouth Air Festival. Parking is as you'd expect in Dorset expensive £4.30 for 3 hours. (Makes me wistful for the all day parking of £4 in Nottingham!)
You don't actually need a lot to go crabbing.
Crab lines – these are relativity low cost couple of £. If you look after them you can use them again and again.
Bucket – We took a few buckets with us as we planned to go on the beach too.
Bait – we bought some chopped up fish for £1 on the Quay, but lots of people had bacon and lardons too.
Net – again not expensive to buy £1.99 and if you look after it you can use them again and again.
As we were leaving we actually got given 2 more crab lines and a net that someone didn't want to take home with them. The nets will come in handy for trips down to Linford Bottom.
The crab lines come with netted bags (we threw ours away after use to must start collecting the ones in washing power!) fill these with bits of fish/bacon and tie to the end of your crab line (the weighted end). Lower the line into the water. Daddy Moo wrapped them round the railing to ensure the children didn't accidentally drop the handle into the water.
Every 2 secs the Moo's were excitedly raising their ends in disappointment. The two families on either side of us also had empty buckets. Daddy Moo and Olive went off to get fish and chips and all of a sudden we were winning! Crabs were taking the bait and we were netting 2 or 3 at the same time!! Once we started they were pretty constant which is great for the children as they didn't get bored waiting.
After an hour and a half our bucket was filled with 20 crabs Megan even caught a very small one and our bellies with fish and chips. We decided to pack up and wonder down to the beach but not after a bit of crab racing!
The beach is in a beautiful setting but it was quite dirty. There didn't appear to be many bins and people had left rubbish on the rocks (which we collected and put into a plastic bag). The beach is part sand part rocks but not smooth pebbles like Weymouth, there also seemed to be a huge amount of seaweed floating about. The girls collected some in their nets and buckets, shame I didn't have the details from Fore Adventure as to what seaweed was safe to eat.
Hopefully we might get a bit of sunshine next week and be able to pop out one evening for some more crabbing fun!