Crabbing during a holiday in Santa Pola provides hours of fun for young children. There are many water activities to enjoy in this lively seaside town. Some such as jet ski rides, scuba diving and deep sea fishing can work out rather costly. Crabbing on the other hand won't cost you much more than a piece of bacon! Santa pola is ideal for this fun activity. All along the beach roads, Avenida Santiago Bernabéu and Paseo Vicealmirante Blanco are stone jetties and piers. The rocks used to construct these jetties and piers make the perfect hidey-holes for small fish and crabs.

Crabbing In Santa Pola

It's amazing the size of hole a crab can fit into, and these rocky hidey-holes provide the crabs with protection from predators. The thing is, you need to entice them out of their hiding place. Many think of using a bucket and net for crabbing. This really is just to let the young ones have some fun and maybe catch the odd little fish. You would need to find an unwary crab right in the middle of a rock pool to catch it with a little net; they can move extremely fast.

What To Use For Crabbing

The vast majority of crabs along the rocky coastline or hiding in jetties and piers are only small. Get enough of them though and they can provide a tasty meal. You will see locals in the know crabbing with just a 2lt drinks bottle with seawater in the bottom. This just proves the size of hole a crab can fit into. What these plucky locals do is just quietly hover their hand above or to the side of a hole or crevice and wait. Once the crab thinks its all clear and comes out of the hole, these guys just grab them; not even with a glove! This is not advisable for young children though.

The best method for children is similar to fishing. You just need a bucket or container to keep the crabs in, a sturdy stick, piece of strong string and bait. For some reason crabs enjoy bacon but they really are not fussy and will be attracted by any meat. Simply tie your string to the end of your stick, then tie a piece of raw meat to the other end. Raw meat will not break up and will last much longer in the water than cooked meat. Then you can either sit quietly among the rocks and look for where crabs are hiding before choosing your hole, or just try pot luck. Once you've found a suitable spot it's just a matter of dangling the meat in front of the holes until a crab bites.

Handy Tips For Crabbing

  • Only keep crabs in seawater and change the water every 10 minutes to re-oxygenate it.
  • Don't put too many crabs in one bucket, about 10 should be the maximum.
  • Add seaweed and rocks to your bucket to create a natural stress free environment.
  • Store your crabs out of direct sunlight.
  • Don't use a hook on your string, this will damage the crabs delicate mandibles.
  • Hold crabs on either side of the shell or with your fingers on the top and bottom of the shell.
  • Release them gently back into the sea, throwing them on the rocks can crack their shells.
  • Lastly, please respect your environment and take all your rubbish away with you.