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Crabbing at West Mersea

Crabbing at West Mersea

If you’re after a great idea to entertain the kids (or adults!) on a budget, crabbing is a great idea!  The causeway at West Mersea hard is the idea place to crab with specific areas marked to do this.  Please take care to observe these rules if you go, as it is a working causeway for local fishermen too!  Now, you can purchase special crabbing equipment from many local shops but, if you go prepared, the same result can be achieved with a length of string, a large washer and an old bucket.  Use strips of bacon as bait and you’re all set.  Next bit is easy, just sit on the edge, drop your line and wait.  An hours fun should give you a large bucket full of crabs.  When you’re done, just tip them out & watch them run back to the water.  But watch those pinchers!!!

This post has been categorised under: Activities, Kids, What to Do.

Visitors comments

Sarah Thompson on 9/1/2020 at 11:50 says:

Crabbing at Mersea Island is great fun.
Put some streaky bacon in a laundry net and tie that bag to long piece of strong string or rope and dunk it in the water. Wait. Then pull bag up and pop crabs in a bucket of water for short while. Then release them.
Nice shop with chips and all crabbing gear nearby.


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