Crab is a very popular bait on the mainland but is perhaps not used quite so widely in Guernsey as you have to go and gather them yourself unless you are willing to try the frozen peelers available from tackle shops.
There are several species of crab available in Guernsey but the most common by far is the common shore crab or green crab.
The most common state of the crab is the hardback phase. This is where the carapace is hard and fully formed. In this state they can be used for bait for a few species but many anglers avoid them for some reason.
Crabs can also be found in the peeler stage. this is where the crab is about to shed its shell in order to grow larger and the carapace can be seen splitting around the edges.
In this state the crab is most popular with anglers. All hard parts of the shell can be removed carefully and the crab cut in two for easy presentation on the hook.
The third stage is the soft phase. This is where the crab has naturally shed its shell and the new shell is still hardening up.
|Where to Get It:|
Crabs can be gathered on nearly every beach on the island which has rocks which crabs can get underneath (i.e. are not half buried in sand/gravel).
Good places to try for the elusive peeler are along the base of piers amongst the seaweed and under lager rocks where they will often be protected by larger crabs.
Good Beaches to try searching: Grand Harve, Belle Greve Bay, The causeway to Lihou island.
|How to Keep Fresh:|
Crabs should be kept in a secure bucket or container which has a lid!! Crabs always seem to find some way to get out of a bucket which you would think is inescapable.
The bucket should contain a small amount of bladdervraic and a little water which should be changed frequently.
The bucket should be kept in a cool place away from direct sunlight.
|Species to Catch:|
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