More family fun on the Suffolk coast. On the gorgeous day we visited Southwold, we also took a little trip on the ferry across to Walberswick for ‘crabbing’. All loaded up with the essential kit: buckets, crabbing lines, nets and bacon! It seemed this was going to be a competition between my sons. Who could catch the most crabs?
I had visions of us catching little ones, like those I’d seen in rockpools. So I was a bit surprised when I saw the size of the crabs being hoisted into the air, hungrily gripping the bacon. They weren’t going to let go easily. Often there were three or four to a line, all clinging on tight.
The volunteer run, Walberswick Ferry, is a traditional rowing boat, carrying passengers (and dogs, bikes and buggies) across the river from Southwold banks to Walberswick.
After the excitement of the first few crabs caught, we soon lost count, eager to see who could get the largest haul in one go. I think the record was five crabs on one line, all caught in the net while they were still clinging to the bacon.
When both buckets were teaming with crabs, they were counted back into the water on the mud banks. Quickly either scuttling into the water or burying themselves in the mud. The final count – 56 to 73. The result – seven happy adults, having played like kids in the sunshine at the beach for an afternoon. Time to clean off the wellies and enjoy a drink, or two, at the nearest pub.
NB. No crabs were harmed in the making of this story :-)