Crabbing in and Around Dartmouth

If you’re looking for a traditional seaside pastime which the whole family can get involved in, then why not have a go at crabbing. You only need a suitable location and a few bits of kit and you can get cracking.

How to Crab

  • Before you start you’ll need to get your equipment ready, all you need is a bucket, a crab line, a net and some bait.
  • Half fill your bucket with river/sea water, from the location you will be crabbing, and put some bait in it for the crabs that you have caught to eat.
  • Attach your bait to the string, crabs love bacon or squid.
  • Drop your line into the water (making sure to keep hold of one end) until it has reached the bottom.
  • You’ll now need to wait patiently, checking your line regularly to see if you have a bite.
  • Bring up your line slowly and make sure you have your net ready so you can scoop any crabs into your waiting bucket.
  • If you want to pick up the crabs, make sure you handle them carefully, picking them up from the back so they don’t nip you with their pincers.
  • Always return the crabs to their natural habitat before you leave, ideally in the location where you caught them.
  • Ensure you change the water in your bucket regularly and don’t overcrowd it with too many crabs, they don’t enjoy being in confined spaces for too long.

Dartmouth and the surrounding villages are the ideal places to give crabbing a go, here are the top local places to head;

Dartmouth

The wonderful harbour side town of Dartmouth is perfect for crabbing and the best spot is along the embankment. Not only is there plenty of room to lay out your bucket, line, net and bait but you can enjoy fantastic views of the River Dart and Kingswear on the opposite side of the estuary.

Stoke Gabriel

Situated on a creek of the River Dart, the pretty village of Stoke Gabriel is often overlooked by visitors to the area due to its rural location, but the village is a crabbers dream. Along the banks of the quay or off the dam which forms the tranquil mill pond are the most popular crabbing spots.

Dittisham

Just upstream from Dartmouth on the west banks of the Dart is the attractive village of Dittisham. The water side community is a favourite of those looking for a relaxing day out or to try a bit of crabbing, the best place to head to drop your line is the pontoon.

A Crabbing Day Trip

If you fancy a day trip out of Dartmouth, but still want to give crabbing a go, then head to Kingsbridge or Brixham.

Brixham

The traditional fishing town of Brixham is a real crabbing hotspot. Located on the opposite side of the River Dart at the south of Torbay, the town has a large and extremely pretty harbour which provides ample room for everyone to enjoy the activity.

Kingsbridge

To the west of Dartmouth is the estuary town of Kingsbridge, located at the top of the Salcombe Kingsbridge Estuary the tidal inlet is the ideally place to try crabbing, the best place to set up your bucket is on the Embankment near to the slipway at the far end of Quay car park.

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