It is very exciting to hunt crab. You throw a crab net from the jetty tied to a long thin rope. You tie the other end of the rope onto the jetty railing so that you can retrieve the net. Its also a good idea to tie a float to the end of the rope so that if you have the misfortune to drop your pot into the sea you can still swim and catch it, rather than losing the pot and the rope to the bottom of the sea. Here is a picture of the type of net we were using. Mum has 4 nets. You are allowed 4 per person so the jetty can become quite crowded and you have to juggle for good spots.
Before you throw the crab pot you bait it with bits of fish. We saw many people baiting their traps with fish heads but our best results were with parts of a squid someone had saved in our bait fridge. Our one crab net caught 7 crabs. Five of them were big enough - over the minimum size of 11.5 cm across the shell.
Frost loved checking the pots. He ran up and down looking for crabs and shouting out about any he saw. Mum is an expert crab hunter and gave lots of advice helping us pick spots and tug up the nets when a crab was in it.
Frost also tried his hand at squid fishing with a fake prawn lure. We didn't do it often because he wasn't safe to cast on the jetty with so many people around. I was a bit of a danger myself! However Frost and Wren both liked holding the fishing pole and the chance to catch something. I was really surprised that Frost was not upset when other fishermen caught squid and flopped them down on the deck of the jetty. He was curious and excited and wanted to catch his own. I was the one who was pleased not to catch one. They have such big eyes I would want to let mine go.