One of the most hyggelige activities I can remember taking part in as a kid was crab fishing. In seaside towns you’ll see hoards of children hanging off jetties with a fishing net, or a piece of string, trying to catch crabs. It takes patience, but when you get the technique right, it is one of the most fun things to do.
YOU WILL NEED
A fish carcass or some meat from your lunch. If there is a fishmonger nearby they will usually let you have some fish offcuts for free.
A small fishing rod with a peg on the end for your bait. Or even easier, a piece of thick string with a peg on the end to hold the bait. You could also attach a small stone or bolt to make the string sink to the bottom easier
A fishing net makes it easier to get the crab into the bucket – otherwise, it might just jump back in the water. Avoid handling the crabs as they can give you a sharp nip.
A bucket filled with seawater in which to keep the crabs you have caught until you are ready to throw them back again.
Patience… And a little imagination. Where would you hide if you were a crab? That’s where you should be looking. We had most luck under the jetty, between the rocks. The crabs loved it there, and we were raking them in.
A steady hand… When you think you have caught a crab pull the line up very carefully and try to avoid knocking it against anything that might make it fall off your line.
I also need to remind you to keep a close eye on your kids, as even shallow water can be dangerous. If they can’t swim put a life vest on them.Happy crabbing, and enjoy one of the most hyggelige activities of the summer.
Naturally, every single crab got thrown back into the sea afterwards.
Photography by Anya Jensen Photography
Audrey wears dress – Zara kids, Cardigan, Pomp de Lux,
Holly wears – dress Zara kids, shoes Zara kids, hat H&M kids