Crabbing in Kingswear
If you’re planning a holiday in one of our Finest Stays properties and you’re familiar with our website, you’ll already know that crabbing is big business here in South Devon. Not only by the crab fishermen who head out to sea with their crabbing pots but also by visitors (and locals) who line the embankment on both sides of the River Dart.
So when we talk about crabbing in Kingswear, we’re talking about the smaller inedible Shore Crabs. This little crustacean is enticed onto the line by a piece of bacon (or a smelly mackerel head if you can find one!) Once the bait is taken, the line is then very gently pulled up and the little crab is plopped into a waiting bucket of sea water. Avoid overcrowding the bucket… just put in a few crabs at a time to observe their antics, before carefully releasing them back into the water.
Kids love crabbing; it gives them a sense of freedom (which is often so restricted) and takes you back to a childhood when you were free to play, explore the shallows and discover an underwater world in the rockpools on the beach. What could be better than lying flat on your tummy with both arms hanging over the embankment wall, line in hand and bucket filled with water at the ready.
Crabbing in Kingswear is great fun for all the family and one of those kids’ bucket list ‘must do while on holiday’ things. The Finest team recommends holding a crabbing challenge; the excitement is all in the catch and to see who can hook the largest or the most crab. The kids will soon have you joining in and believe us when we say it’s pretty addictive! What can be better than a bit of sheer escapism and spending time with the family doing something that’s fun.