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I often enjoy a walk around town during the summer. One of my favorite times is through the evening which is a simply awesome time to walk around the harbour and take in all the sights, sounds and amazing smells such as fish and chips or smoke from the kipper house.
On a recent walk, as I had just crossed the bridge, I observed a trawler coming down the harbour and then getting ready to head off to sea. Never one to miss an opportunity I snapped away with the camera and god some rather pleasing shots of the boats crew getting ready to head to sea for a few days fishing.
The boat pulled in on the fish quay and started to load up with boxes of boiled crab, all frozen. This was quite a strange sight to me as I have observed most types of fishing methods used out of Whitby but had never heard of anyone using boiled crab as bait. I suspected they might be crab or lobster fishermen but there was no sign of any pots on the boat.
Puzzled I asked one of the ships crew what they were fishing for and he kindly explained they were to be fishing for whelks using small 5 gallon drums as pots, as shown below. Each pot is baited with boiled crab, The whelks then climb in and are unable to climb out again.
So that’s a new one one on me, Ive never heard of anyone purposefully targeting whelks at Whitby, but I guess if there’s a market for an item there is always someone willing to supply that market.