Crabbing in Whitstable

First things first and chips on a picnic blanket on the beach. There are some lovely restaurants and cafes but when the weather is hot and sunny the fish market is the place to go. Daddy regularly sails into Whitstable just for the fish & chips and an Ice cream (oh and also to give his students an interesting lesson in passage planning – you have to go there to understand why!).

Crabbing in Whitstable

Australian Nanna is here for a month and of course is spoilt for beaches but I reckon sand can be boring and annoying after awhile...shingle is much more interesting!

On Whistable beach

Indeed before long both Nanna and Charlotte had a bucket of shells to bring home. We waited for the tide to start coming in. An ice cream helped fill the time. Daddy went off and chatted up a fisherman gutting fish to provide some innards for bait. A crabbing line with bait was prepared and the serious task of crabbing began. It didn’t take Charlotte long to learn to drop the bait, leave for a minute, raise (complete with knee bending movements!) and shake off the crabs into a bucket. We caught loads and loads, the Charlotte carefully tipped the bucket so they could all escape down the boat ramp; many of whom promptly reappeared in the bucket of a lady crabbing in the spot near the release site!

enjoying an icecream at the seaside

This may have the penultimate day of summer and what a lovely way to have spent it.

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Samantha Leonard

Samantha Leonard

About Me & Mine

A British backpacker (me) meets Australian sailing instructor (him) in Whitsundays, Queensland, holiday romance ensues. Fast forward 7 years and our home is for the present time in East London (why you all cry?) with our fun loving and bundle of mischief that is our daughter Charlotte; 2 1/5 – 50% Australian (adrenaline junkie) and 50% British (princess). Perhaps not unusually I have probably seen more of Australia than him, having travelled through Central Australia, through Kakadu National Park, through the Savannah to the Atherton Tablelands, through the rainforest and the desert to Fraser Island and the Whitsunday Islands. Whereas he has seen more of the British Isles and Europe than me, having sailed right round the mainland to the Shetlands and Outer Hebrides, round Ireland to the Scilly Isles and the Isle of Man across the channel to Belgium, France across the Bay of Biscay and into the Med.

Favourite place in the world:

Australia has to be the most amazing country in terms of diversity. East London seems a long way away from the beauty of the Whitsunday Islands but is it so bad? We have Epping Forest on our doorstep with ponds and even rowing boats; we can "drive" the Docklands Light Railway to Greenwich to the most wonderful park and stroll up the hill to the Observatory and the great views over London. There are birds of prey and herons in our local park, peregrine falcons at Canary Wharf, walks full of history along the Embankment and miles of river to explore. We are a short drive away from Essex/Kent coast which is an amazing place to sail and explore. And for those rainy days we have some of the greatest museums on the planet. So for the time being, my favourite place is our little bit of the South East

Favourite things to do outdoors:

My husband is a Yachtmaster Instructor (sail) and I am a Day Skipper. Sailing is my husband's passion and job and my hobby. It is something that we hope will become a hobby/passion for Charlotte.

Comments (2)

  • Kylie Little Trekkers

    Kylie Little Trekkers

    19 September 2011 at 09:05 | #

    I was only introduced to crabbing this year so I'm a bit of a late bloomer but I thought it was fantastic! And there's definitely nothing better than an ice-cream to pass the time whilst waiting for the perfect crabbing conditions!


  • Denise


    20 August 2013 at 13:06 | #

    We hope to go crabbing in Whitstable for my daughter's 11th birthday. Where did you go crabbing in the picture above, it looks lovely? We have been told nearby the Oyster House Restaurant...??


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