Crabbing in Whitby Harbour

Whitby, North Yorkshire

Check out this write up by The Whitby Guide:

“Crabbing in Whitby Harbour has been the pastime of youngsters in the town for a million generations. Next to Whitby Bridge is a designated harbour fishing area where 99% of those ‘fishing’ are trying to catch crabs on simple hand-held lines. Called ‘doggering’ by locals, this simple activity comprises of a single fishing line, small weight to sink the bait, a juicy piece of bait (bacon rind, tinned mackerel in oil or, highly recommended – a fish head), no hook needed, and for mums and dads a more than your average amount of patience ……….. but the babes will love it ! Insider tip 1 : the kids will want to check their crabbing line every 60 seconds ….. leave the line for 5 minutes, which should give time for the crabs to come out, sniff around and then decide on whether to dine on your offerings or scuttle back under the seaweed……. Insider tip 2 : despite what others say, don’t be in a hurry to bring up your fishing line …..slowly and gently is the key …. Harbour crabs are very quick to sense excessive or unusual movement and will go into defensive mode and let go of the bait if alarmed”.

Doggering eh?

Go Crabbing in Staithes Harbour

We love this write up about crabbing in Staithes Harbour from Greystones Cottages website:

“Judging by the number of crabbing lines our guests leave behind, and their comments in the guest book, this seems to be one of the most popular activities for children of all ages. Borrow one of our lines or buy one from the Post Office or Kessen Bowl Gift Shop (the new ones with plastic clips or nets for the bait are much safer than those with metal hooks), get a bucket and bait (bacon rind or mackerel in oil is good), and go down the harbour wall or the bridge across the beck and see how many you can catch”.

We’ve tried bacon as bait before, but not mackerel. Anyone else had any luck with this?

Welcome to Crabbydays

Hello crabbing enthusiasts, welcome to Crabbydays. Crabbydays was started because of our family’s love of crabbing by the sea. There’s nothing better than sitting on a quayside, in the sunshine (if you’re lucky!), lines baited, ice-cream in hand, waiting for a tug on your line. I want this to be the best crabbing website for families on the net! I hope you find it useful and entertaining.