Crabbing has become one of the favorite weekend pastime for many people in Qatar. You don’t need a license for recreational crabbing on the Qatari shores, but you must take necessary precautions and tools to be successful in this fun activity.
Unless there is an official announcement of a temporary crabbing ban the season is open all year round. You just have to keep in mind that safety should be the priority of everyone while enjoying this.
Here are important points that you need to know if you would like to try your hand at recreational crabbing in Qatar!
Please note as per Phase 2 of gradual lifting of restrictions: Allowing gatherings or sitting in public parks, beaches, and the corniche for a maximum of 10 people or family members residing in the same house, and individual sports such as walking, running and cycling are allowed, while continuing to close playgrounds and sports equipment in those places
It is crucial to check Qatar’s meteorology mobile app Q Weather before you head on to your crabbing adventure. It is recommended to catch crabs only if it is low tide and the water is peaceful at night. You can easily walk and move around if the water is only up until above your knees and you can easily find the crabs since they are not getting washed away by tidal exchange. (Tip: Don’t go during the full moon as it is difficult to deal with crabs as they move very fast.)
What makes shore crabbing in Qatar a great and simple activity is that you don’t need bait, a huge fishing net mesh, or any special device to trap the crabs.
What’s better about catching crabs during summer than during winter time in Qatar is that you don’t need a special jumpsuit, boots, and layers of clothes to combat the cold. During the summer, you just need to wear lightweight shirts, pants or shorts, and Crocs-like slippers to protect your feet from pointy stones and sharp shells.
There are several great places to go crabbing in Qatar, but these three areas are recommended by long-time shore crabbers as these spots are abundant in crabs.
There's nothing more delicious than eating your freshly caught crabs! And now that you know the essentials of recreational crabbing in Qatar, it’s now up to you if you would like to stay on the beach till late night and cook your crabs, or you can drive home and share your catch! Make sure to take all your equipment and carry your trash with you! Happy crabbing!
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