A fun pastime during summer holidays by the sea is to spend some time with the kids catching crabs.
Our blogg looks at Crabbing on the isle of Mull
The Isle of Mull has lots of accessible beaches with amazing rock pools to explore.
What do you need to go crabbing ?
Do i need a net ?
Exploring rock pools with a wee net is great fun, and you will find small crabs, shrimps and wee fish.
but what about crabbing with a line ?…..
should i buy a crabbing line costing £1.25 ? Daughters preferred option
or make one using baler twin and an onion bag. ? Daddys preferred option
We undertake a scientific experiment to settle the discussion.
first, gather the equipment
either head to the fishing tackle shop and buy a crabbing kit
~ or raid the rummage drawer for a length of string and and a wee orange, onion or garlic bag.
which system would come out tops ?
would years of crabbing experience win on the day.
This looks like a good spot, Its Croig harbour, close to Penmore House Self Catering Holiday Home on the isle of Mull.
bash up some welks and pop them into your bate bag.
chuck the line into the sea and lets go crab fishing.
We will be fishing for green crab or shore crab, we don't eat them, however some people use them to make a fish stock for soup but our catch will be returned to the sea.
As Daddy settles down and checks the wind direction, the weather forecast for North Mull and the tide tables on his smart phone Mimi suddenly announces,
"I've caught one"
mmmm maybe this was going to be a tougher challenge than we thought.
before long, to squeals of joy and laughter more crabs are coming up on the lines, and…. escaping down into the cracks on the pier before we can get them into the bucket.
The results of our experiment.
everyone was having so much fun, Nobody can remember, however both systems seem to work really well, so we will just have to return again another day and try again.
Remember to add seawater to your bucket and a bit of seaweed so the crabs have somewhere to hide from the sun. don't keep them too long and return them to the sea when its time to go home.