One of the many great memories that children have of summer holidays by the sea is crabbing off the seawall. I’m sure that many an adult fisherman or woman started their hobby leaning over a rusty metal railing, dangling a piece of string into the water!
On both sides of the river there are so many places where you can fish for crabs or bigger creatures. There are public slipways and promenades as well as the long esplanades out towards Norris Point in the East and Egypt Point in the West. All I would suggest is to remember to be careful as the slipways are called that for a reason and there are numerous small and big boats and ships coming and going, creating their own hazards with their wash.
If you’re really keen then you’ll find night fishers out along towards Egypt point. As a non-fisherman it seems a very lonely pastime but, having spoken to many of them, they have their own reasons for standing out in the cold all night!
The Cowes Harbour Commissioner has written an interesting article about fishing in Cowes and you can read that on their website.