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CA Spiny Lobster Season Begins

Discussion in 'Sea Ray Lifestyle & Cruising' started by Shoyrtt, Oct 5, 2020.

  1. Shoyrtt

    Shoyrtt Member SILVER Sponsor

    44
    Jul 16, 2020
    Redlands, CA
    1999 450 Express Bridge
    Twin Cat 3126
    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.

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    Last edited: Oct 6, 2020
  2. ocgrant

    ocgrant Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

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    Dec 31, 2006
    Miami / Ft Lauderdale
    H2O Therapy
    2006 Sundancer 48
    Novurania 460
    Yamaha EX-R
    Cummins QSC 540's
    LOL... Thats great, good for you. I remember many nights taking off in the dingy around the rocks outside of Avalon with scuba gear to go get bugs. 2 divers and 2 more people in the dingy with licenses so we could get plenty for a weekend of eating lobster. Used to take me about 30 minutes to limit out, that island was great.
     
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  3. tc410

    tc410 Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 9, 2006
    Charlevoix, MI/Jupiter, FL
    2005 550DB
    MAN CRM-900
    One of my better days of spiny lobster season off Jupiter (multiple 6 per person licenses on board):

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  4. 370Dancer

    370Dancer Well-Known Member

    Oct 2, 2006
    Florida - Alabama
    1998 370 Sundancer
    380hp MAG MPI Gen VI with V drives
    85 in 1/2 hour in Key Largo. Don't ask.
    it was the 80's
     
  5. blaster

    blaster Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    May 23, 2011
    potomac river
    2010 sea ray 205 sport
    F-250 CCLB 6.2 4x4 3.73 rear.
    Mercruiser 4.3 mpi alpha 1.62
    I prefer Maine lobsters. Gotta have the claw meat! If you scuba dive you can spear them super easy. I prefer to set out pots for them though. The Maine lobsters come all the way down past Delaware on the east coast.

    I’m sorry but the spiny lobsters just aren’t as sweet and flavorful. I’d still eat them though:)
     
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  6. ocgrant

    ocgrant Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    823
    Dec 31, 2006
    Miami / Ft Lauderdale
    H2O Therapy
    2006 Sundancer 48
    Novurania 460
    Yamaha EX-R
    Cummins QSC 540's
    I disagree all day long. I prefer spiny and eat both all year.
     
  7. Boca_Vincent

    Boca_Vincent Member GOLD Sponsor

    46
    Nov 1, 2010
    SoFla
    370 Express Cruiser
    Cat 3116
    Gotta agree with the way those Maine lobsters taste. Although maybe it's because they are a rare treat for me. I have a hard time buying any when we can pluck some up fresh and free. Pic from our mini season, a quick night beach dive to kick off.
    Surprised to hear that you are allowed to use a spear. Forbidden down here.
    And OCG, not sure if you have ever been, but the bugfest event is pretty cool - unfortunately cx'd this year.
    https://www.discoverlbts.com/bugfest/
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  8. JgtLucre

    JgtLucre New Member

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    Oct 16, 2020
    1994 SeaRay 220 Overnighter Signature Select
    Jeep Commander Tow Vehicle
    7.4L 454 Mercruiser with Bravo III
    This is the exact reason why I bought my boat lol. If any of you have some good spots let me know... I'm based out of Los Angeles. Just Paid 118 for 2 of them suckers in Chinatown. Blame it on the buffet's closing lol... If they won't come to me I have to go to them.
     
  9. ttmott

    ttmott PhD in OCD GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 3, 2012
    Space Coast Florida
    2006 52 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins QSM11
    Fish Cay Abaco - Free Diving just hands.
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  10. 370Dancer

    370Dancer Well-Known Member

    Oct 2, 2006
    Florida - Alabama
    1998 370 Sundancer
    380hp MAG MPI Gen VI with V drives
    No matter how blown apart my sacred islands get, the lobsters just don't care. Good job on the free dive and a good back grab.
     
  11. Shoyrtt

    Shoyrtt Member SILVER Sponsor

    44
    Jul 16, 2020
    Redlands, CA
    1999 450 Express Bridge
    Twin Cat 3126
    We went out this past weekend to Cherry Cove and got skunked. Lots of eels in the traps but no lobster. I also learned a rule that I wasn't following. Apparently you need your ID on the buoy along with lots of reflective and glowing material. I only put my last name on it and one small glow stick. I went back out to check the traps and one was gone. I think someone else picked it up. Not happy, but I learned a lesson.
     

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