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    Pungering.

    How many of you have heard of this word ?
    It came back to me a couple of days ago - just popped into my head from nowhere.
    Around 1956 or thereabouts Mum had to go into hospital and Dad being a night worker couldnít look after me so i was shipped off to Broadstairs to my Aunt and Uncles for about 2 weeks.
    Uncle Sid told me we would go Pungering and i was completely baffled by the word and no idea what it meant.
    He got into the car carrying 3 or 4 short rods of wood about 18 inches long [rough guess] that had large hooks attached to the end. I was still mystified when he drove to the beach and started exploring the rock pools.
    Then he said thereís a crab in there and demonstrated that by inserting the hook into the rock crevices and twisting and turning you could dislodge the crabs from their hiding places.
    After this Pungering kept me entertained for very long periods
    Never done it since and still only heard it referred to that one time in my life.
    Before anyone makes any cracks i do stress that this method is only for marine life use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trevor Bodiam View Post
    Pungering.

    How many of you have heard of this word ?
    It came back to me a couple of days ago - just popped into my head from nowhere.
    Around 1956 or thereabouts Mum had to go into hospital and Dad being a night worker couldn’t look after me so i was shipped off to Broadstairs to my Aunt and Uncles for about 2 weeks.
    Uncle Sid told me we would go Pungering and i was completely baffled by the word and no idea what it meant.
    He got into the car carrying 3 or 4 short rods of wood about 18 inches long [rough guess] that had large hooks attached to the end. I was still mystified when he drove to the beach and started exploring the rock pools.
    Then he said there’s a crab in there and demonstrated that by inserting the hook into the rock crevices and twisting and turning you could dislodge the crabs from their hiding places.
    After this Pungering kept me entertained for very long periods
    Never done it since and still only heard it referred to that one time in my life.
    Before anyone makes any cracks i do stress that this method is only for marine life use.
    I have done that loads of times but never had a name for it, could be local to that area.

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    Have just googled PUNGERING and found some references to the word, and most seem to be from Margate,Broadsyairs area so maybe its their local name. Below is quote from web article.
    Going pungering for edible crabs off Joss bay, fishing off Broadstairs Pier. Going to Dreamland in Margate to the dances, lots of top groups then. I remember the Jean Pierre Et Phillip going aground off Broadstairs and watching the crew being winched ashore. I still have one of the glass floats from that boat.

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    Not heard of pungering. I used to go crabbing in the same manner off Hartlepool headland. Old Mr Jones next door was a master at the craft. Iput together this memory of the old chap (Boer War veteran):
    Mr Jones is also clever at hunting for crabs on the rocks at low tide. He's made a long, thin iron rod, hooked at the end, that he pokes into the deep cracks and crannies around the rock pool edges. He drags out big edible crabs and brings them home to keep alive in the family's enamelled iron bath. Until all the crabs are sold nobody can have a soak. People from up and down the street call in to inspect them and take one home to boil. I peep into the bath. Six crabs scuttle about, claws tied up so they donít fight each other. I don't like to imagine how it feels for those crabs when they're tossed into boiling water.
    His daughter, Eva, shouts through a cloud of Wild Woodbine cigarette smoke. 'Hey, Dad, do you remember when you caught that big conger eel and kept it in the bath?'
    'Aye, I do. That Tommy Heron down the street bought her and when he'd done the gutting he found a gold ring in the belly, the jammy devil!'
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    Crabs, very popular here in Oz.
    But to go looking for them can be frought with danger in some parts.
    Look in rock pools for them but be warned, that is the home of the blue Ringed Octopus.
    A very small one but with a deadly bite, one bite from them and it can be 'good night nurse'.
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    Pungering, Catching shore crabs.

    K.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith at Tregenna View Post
    Pungering, Catching shore crabs.

    K.
    Hi Keith.
    I wish I had known that many years ago, I caught them off an AB on one ship.
    Des

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    Quote Originally Posted by Des Taff Jenkins View Post
    Hi Keith.
    I wish I had known that many years ago, I caught them off an AB on one ship.
    Des

    Yes Des but with a little bit of Blue Unction sauce they are very tasty I am informed.
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    Best cure, glass of whisky and a handful of sand, they get pi**** up and stone each other to death, kt
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