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Crab Fishing – Catch and Release

Wednesday 18th December 2019

Each summer, the 7th Dublin Company runs an outdoor activity programme. One of the highlights each year is undoubtedly the “Crab Fishing” evening. The group have found that the best spot for this is off the slipway at Malahide about an hour before high tide. Using large plastic boxes filled with sea water to keep the “catch” in, they dangle lengths of string attached to a piece of net which hold both a weight and bait (pieces of chicken or bacon worked best). 

All crabs caught, big or small, are kept in the holding boxes until the end of the catching time. The highlight of the evening took place when – everybody standing well behind the boxes – emptied the crabs out on to the slipway in a kind of “Crab GP”, and everybody picked their favorite crab to be first back into the sea.

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