We took another trip out to Catalina this weekend and noticed a lot of strange looking nets both on boats in the harbor and carried by passengers on the Catalina Express. Curious, we found out that these were hoop nets, one of the options other than freehand catching of the spiny lobster in California. We were also informed the season begins in early October and ends in the middle of March. A short while later, we armed ourselves with the appropriate license, two hoop nets and gear, a measuring device, some bait, gloves and a bucket. Lobsters are nocturnal, so we waited until after sundown and took the dinghy to the rocks at the south end of Avalon harbor. In just an hour we had caught 8 in our virgin nets, but only 3 were the legal length to keep. The tails were quickly cooked up on the Traeger and shared between friends. It just keeps getting better every trip.