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    A Frustrating Dive – Dive Number Two On Opening Night Of Lobster Season

    Logged SCUBA Dive #305

    SECRET LOCATION: 54 68 65 20 67 61 74 65 73 20 6f 66 20 6d 61 72 2c 20 6e 65 61 72 20 74 68 65 20 74 68 72 65 65 20 63 68 69 6d 6e 65 79 73 – Palos Verdes

    Solo Diving/SoCal Buddy Diving

    In With: 2900 psi
    Out With: 500 psi
    Max depth: 35 feet
    Waves: Minor chop
    Visibility: 15 to 20 feet
    Water Temperature: 67 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 45 minutes
    Notable Event: This was my most frustrating lobster dive ever!

    Half the boats that were nearby pulled anchor and left.

    I asked the my two buddies, “Why would someone leave so early?”

    Jim said, “They probably started early; at least we follow the rules.”

    John said jokingly, “They probably all limited.”

    Now, this dive was just like the last dive, just a lot more frustrating…

    I got tangled in kelp on numerous occasions and I either caught shorts or couldn’t pin the legal ones.

    I noticed that the puny, totally illegal bugs will actually charge my light, while the big ones – through Darwinism – flee as soon as the light hits them.

    More than three times,  after spotting a good sized lobster, I thought, “OK, here comes lobster number two…” only to be frustrated by me getting stuck in kelp or missing it in the pin.

    This was the most frustrating lobster dive I can remember; I should have at least four, but ended up with zero!

    I surfaced with 500 psi and bitch crawled about 25 yards over kelp to the boat; I wasn’t going to risk swimming under and getting caught that low on air.

    Enjoying beer on the ride back.

    Jim and I enjoyed our post dive beers on the way back, as John turned the boat randomly to make us spill; there’s no radio on board, so that’s his entertainment.

    Jim with his lobsters.

    Jim with his monster lobsters.

    At the dock, the Department Of Fish And Game checked our lobsters and our lobster report cards.

    Getting hassled by the DFG.

    After figuring out we were all legal, they decided to mess with Jim by giving him a sobriety test.

    Dive N Surf

    It was off to Dive N Surf for the annual “Monster Lobster Contest.”

    The Lobster Monster Contest

    Prizes are awarded to the top three biggest lobsters, but everyone who preregistered and brought in a legal lobster, got a free T-shirt – I got a T-shirt.

    Divers pose with their catch

    Divers posed with their stash of bugs; I soon realized how badly I did this morning.

    Dive Bum Don interviews two lobster hunters.

    Dive Bum Don interviewed two of the guys from a group who did really well.

    “Where did you find these?” Don asked.

    “The Malibu area,” one responded.

    “Wait, I thought we were in Catalina?” the other asked.

    The next question was, “How deep did you catch them?”

    “15 feet,” was the answer.

    Dog vs Lobster

    Dog vs Lobster?

    This other guy pulls up with a cooler and a bag full of HUGE bugs!

    One lucky dude brings in his lobsters.

    Looking at his bugs, I had the same thought as when I saw my first porno flick…”How big do those things get?”

    A guy poses with his huge lobsters.

    As big as his bugs were, he couldn’t beat the 12.3 pound bug that was brought in earlier.

    Dive Bum Don interviews a lobster hunter.

    The guy agreed to an interview with Dive Bum Don.

    Basically, he caught his bugs in the “Marina Del Rey” area in “10 feet of water.”

    The bugs appear to be shallow – really shallow right now, but someone else brought in a lobster that he supposedly caught at 85 feet.

    We caught our bugs in 25 feet of water.

    56 pounds pf lobster!

    The guy weighed his entire catch – 56 pounds of lobster!

    So, totals for this morning in the group I went out with:

    Me: 1
    John: 4
    Jim: 4

    I will regain my title as Lobster Liberator Number One!

    3 Comments

    1. […] Sport news by admin […]

      Pingback by » A Frustrating Dive - Dive Number Two On Opening Night Of Lobster … »Sport News & Equipment — September 27, 2008 @ 1:09 pm

    2. A 12 lb lobster! I didn’t even know they got that big. Do you ever get pinched? My 6 yr old loves catching crawfish, so sometimes we go to creeks and I help him lift up rocks. Those little things give me the creeps! It sounds like you have some fun friends. I love the fact that everyone has a nickname.

      Comment by Robin — October 10, 2008 @ 5:38 am

    3. I was entertained from click in to click out. I’ve added you to my reader. You may not want to talk about lobsters all the time, but it sure is enjoyable if you can find the content! Oh, and the pictures were spectacular, they added so much. I felt like I was there.

      Comment by Damien — December 23, 2008 @ 8:27 pm

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