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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.

Scarborough Whelk Fishermen Getting ready to Fish Out Of Whitby.

Scarborough Whelk Fishermen Getting ready to Fish Out Of Whitby.

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.

Whelk Fishermen At Whitby

Whelk Fishermen At Whitby. Whelks Crawl Into The Trap And Are Unable To Escape.

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.