Cromer is well known for its succulent Cromer Crabs but Cromer Pier is also a hive of activity during the summer months with people hoping to catch crabs over the side.
Great fun for the whole family, grab a bucket and line and your choice of bait and enjoy an afternoon of crabbing!
You can buy all the gear you need to go crabbing in our Gift Shop at the entrance to the Pier.
Good Crabbing Practice – with Claude the Crab
I want everyone to continue to enjoy this great seaside past time but also want to make sure that my friends don’t get hurt in the process.
If you follow the list of ‘Dos and Don’ts’ below, it will ensure that my friends will not suffer any unintentional harm and will stop them becoming too stressed.
- Put too many crabs in one bucket. Stick to a maximum of 10
- Keep them all day long – return them to their home in the sea
- Store your bucket in the sun – it will make the crabs get too hot and uncomfortable
- Use a line with a hook on. Either tie your bacon on or use a bit of net to hold your bacon in
- Throw my friends over the side from the top of the pier – they don’t like sky diving. Please release them on the beach and watch them as they wander back to the sea
- Add rocks and seaweed to the bucket to help replicate the crab’s natural environment and reduce stress
- Change the water every 10 minutes to avoid asphyxiation. Only keep the crabs in sea water
- Hold your crab correctly – gently hold it either side of its shell or pick it up with one finger on top of the shell and one finger underneath – avoiding the claws though!
- Remove any crabs which are fighting – male crabs tend to be more aggressive than the ladies
- Remember to take all your equipment and rubbish home with you