Crab Fishing Tips

  1. Please do not use hooks

  2. You will need some bait. We have found a packet of bacon, the smellier the better, is ideal, and available to buy quite cheaply, at the Blakeney spar.

  3.  You will need 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.

  4. Best time to crab fish is on an incoming tide as this is when the crabs naturally feed.

  5. At high tide the water at Blakeney Quay 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 !

  6. 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. Now you can sit back and wait for the crabs to come.

  7. Remember to release the crabs carefully at the end of your fishing & watch out for the sea gulls !

  8. The gulls will also be very grateful for any bits of bacon left over. 

  9. Hand washing facilities are available in the toilets opposite the national trust car park.


Crab fishing is great fun for all the family

Known locally in Norfolk as 'gillying' this is a great way to spend time with the kids if you are holidaying in or near Blakeney

Crab fishing from Blakeney Quay

Crab fishing from Blakeney Quay

Blakeney Quay is very popular for crab fishing. 


Food & drink to sustain you while your crabbing available in Blakeney

  • 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.


Somewhere nice for lunch or dinner in Blakeney after you finish crab fishing

  • 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.


Where to get your crabbing stuff in Blakeney

  • 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.

  • There is also a caravan on the National trust car park at Blakeney Quay selling crabbing stuff including crab lines, buckets and nets



Where else to go crabbing in North 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've had 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.