Crabbing and rock pooling

Monday, 3 August 2015

As you probably already know, Mikey has been taking part in the National Trust's 50 Things To Do Before You're 11 and 3/4 challenge.

To tick a couple of more new things off the list, we headed off to Cromer to go crabbing!

It was quite a long journey so it called for an early start. It was definitely a good choice to leave early as we got there at the best time, as it was really quiet.

We walked along the front and realised the pier was the best spot, so after we gathered the equipment from the local shop, we headed off to the pier.





We tied string to the net, put the bait in a little bag, weighed down our net with a few stones and then off it went, over the side into the sea.



 
Mikey didn't like the bait!



A bit excited, we pulled the net up after only a few minutes, so nothing had crawled in, so we let it go again and waited a bit longer.  This time, success! We caught a little crab and named her Lily. (A lovely couple of girls and their dad told us the difference between boy and girl crabs!)

Lily!

Lily!

Lily!

Feeling great from our success, we let it go again and waited. However, nothing. So we tried again, but still nothing! We tried for over an hour, but apart from a bit of seaweed, Lily was our only catch!

The girls and their dad next to us caught over 20 different sized crabs and a family who joined in the fun a bit later the other side of us caught 12.
Before we left, we asked what the secret to their success was. Both families told us that they used different bait from the small vacuum packed fish. One used squid, whilst the other used bacon!

Despite our small catch, we did catch one crab, so we ticked it off the list!

After something to eat, we headed to the front and Mikey and his dad headed off to the rock pools on the beach while Dorothy and I sat in the shade. After about half an hour, they headed back with their finds.

There were so many great things in the bucket!







Mikey then returned the finds to the rock pools before we headed home. Another task ticked off the list!

Mikey is now over half way through the challenge and can't wait for the next task!

Monkey and Mouse

10 comments:

  1. I've never been crabbing before. This look like so much fun! Thanks for the tips of the baits. We'll be using that on our trip to the beach next weekend. Can't wait! xx #whatevertheweather

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    1. It's really good fun :)
      Hope you have better luck! :) xx

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  2. I used to go crabbing all the time as a kid. It's so fun! Looks like you guys had a great day :)

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    1. It was great fun. We'll definitely be going again!
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  3. I've never been crabbing before, it looks like lots of fun! Love the look on Mikey's face at the smell of the bait!
    At least you caught 1 crab, maybe next time you can take some squid or bacon?!
    Thanks for linking up to #whatevertherweather :) x

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    1. It was really fun, but Mikey wasn't a fan of the bait!
      We'll definitely be using bacon next time!!
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  4. Crabbing is on my bucket list too. I live in Cornwall so I have no idea why I haven't been yet. Yay well done for catching one!!! I love the bucket list that the national trust has created! It's such a brilliant idea and really encourages younger ones to get out, explore and try new things. :-D Thank you so much for linking up to #whatevertheweather xx

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    1. It was hard work catching that one, but really fun! :)
      Me too! I think the bucket list is brilliant and lets them experience so many different things. :)
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  5. Love seeing people crabbing, bacon is the best so I'm told. Such a lovely summer activity.

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    1. It was great to see so many families crabbing along the pier :)
      We're definitely using bacon next time!
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