Crab fishing is a perfect way to while away a couple of hours on a warm sunny day
Fun for all the family
Known locally as 'gillying' this is a great way to spend time with the kids. All you need is a packet of bacon ( the smellier the better and available at the spar, ) a crab line ( which you can buy at Gone crabbing in Blakeney or at the Blakeney Spar,) a large bucket and a net if possible. Then all you need to do is sit back and wait for the crabs to come.
If you are feeling very organised we have found a couple of deckchairs and a flask of tea for mum and dad well worth the effort.
Crab Fishing Tips
Please do not use hooks and remember that the best time to fish is on an incoming tide as this is when the crabs naturally feed. At high tide the water is fairly deep and we have found armbands, a lifejacket or buoyancy aid are a good precaution for non swimming toddlers, although none of ours have ever fallen in touch wood ! Sit back and wait for the crabs.
Also remember to release the crabs carefully at the end of your fishing & watch out for the sea gulls ! The gulls will also be very grateful for any bits of bacon left over. Hand washing facilities are available in the toilets opposite the national trust car park.
Food & drink to sustain you while your crabbing
A very good selection of ice creams & lolly ices are available from the ice-cream kiosk opposite the quay, or from the Blakeney spar. Take away cappuccinos and lattes for mums, dads & grandparents are available from the Blakeney deli about 50 yard up the high street and take away teas & snacks available from the caravans in the National Trust car park.
If you are there early in the morning, we can thoroughly reccomend the breakfast baps from the caravan-they are fantastic and just what you need if you have been up for hours with a restless todddler. The local builders all get one when they are working in Blakeney and they are also very popular with the dog walkers including us.
For a family friendly sit down lunch or coffee and cake after you have finished try the Moorings about 10 yards up the high street on the left-highly recommended. The Sunday lunch with all the trimmings is particularly good but you may be best to book as it is very popular. In the evenings they have a very good seafood menu.
Alternatively you could pop into the White Horse on Blakeney High Street after your crab fishing. They have a very reasonably priced light lunch menu which includes sandwiches & chips. They also have a family dining room. You may even be able to have a crab sandwich.
There is usually a selection of crab fishing lines, buckets and nets at Gardeners Cottage, during the warmer months, for guests to use during their stay. Alternatively if you'd prefer to buy your own, Crab in Blakeney supplies everything you need to keep your little crab fishers happy.
Where else to go crabbing in Norfolk
The quay at Wells Next The Sea is another good place for crab fishing and fish and chips can be purchased and eaten on the quay. Cromer Pier is also very good for crab fishing ( you will need a very long line). We havd a lot of fun crab fishing in rock pools on Sheringham beach with younger children , where you can see the crabs coming to your bait. You do not need a line, just some bait.