Crabbing is one of the least expensive and most fun activities children can enjoy during a holiday in Cartagena. That being said i'm sure most parents have fun too, even if they won't admit it. We all like to make the most of our holidays and enjoy activities we wouldn't usually experience at home. However, some of these come at a hefty cost. Jet ski, quad biking, deep sea fishing, sailing, scuba diving and the latest craze of flyboarding, will all put a big dent in your purse or wallet. Crabbing on the other hand, depending on the method you use, can cost you nothing at all.

Crabbing In Cartagena

Cartagena's coastline can be very rugged in places with many rocky coves, reefs and stone jetties that make it a favourite destination for scuba diving and snorkelling. This type of coastline is also perfect for crabbing. In fact, wherever the sea meets rocks you are bound to find crabs. Another benefit of hunting for these nippy little crustaceans, especially if your kids spend too much time gaming or on social media, is the fact that crabbing is not only great fun, it burns a lot of energy too. So, put on a pair of swim slippers, grab your crab pole and bucket and get crabbing.

Methods Of Crabbing

Most kids just enjoy rock hopping with a bucket and net to see what they can catch. This keeps the young ones amused but crabs are nippy in more ways than one. These little guys are super fast and can disappear in the blink of an eye. So, aside from catching a few little guppy fish from rock pools, using a net doesn't often catch crabs. You may see some locals catching crabs with their bare hands. They don't care about the odd nip and are after a tasty meal. How they do this is to spot crabs in nooks and crannies, then wait for the crab to pop its head out and swiftly grab it.

A great method to avoid getting nipped and loads more fun than using a net, is to use a crab pole. This can simply be a stick or old short fishing rod. You just tie a sturdy piece of string or fishing line, about a metre long depending how deep your rocks are, to the end of the stick. On the other end you firmly attach a piece of meat. This can be raw or cooked and although they do like bacon, crabs will really eat anything. Then it's just a matter of dangling your piece of meat over a hole in the rocks where you've seen a crab. Once they bite just gently lift them out and into your bucket.

Caring For Your Crabs

  • 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.