Catching the crabs
- Steer clear of hooks and end your crabbing line with a net instead. This makes it less likely you'll accidentally snare another animal!
- Bring your own bait instead of using things from the shore. Crabs have a great sense of smell, so the stinkier your bait the better - try bacon rind or tinned sardines.
- Be gentle with your catch - crabs are pretty tough, but being pulled in roughly or dropped could crack their shells and hurt their limbs.
- Keep your fingers out of nipping distance - hold the crabs by the edges of their shells, keeping your hand behind and above their bodies.
- Make sure the crabs aren't out of water for more than one minute. Crabs have gills, like fish, so they need to be in a damp place to breathe.