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  • October 7, 2009

    Operation: Lobster Liberation Off Of Palos Verdes

    This is my first lobster trip of the season on the Island Diver with the Divevets.

    Joining us on this trip was Donna the Biker – a recent transplant from Chicago (or is it Tennessee?) who has not been scared away by the bizarre antics of some in the group.

    This was Donna’s first lobster trip.

    I packed all my gear into my second game bag, and took one last look in my trunk before boarding.

    I didn’t realize I had turned my light off and left it in the trunk; thanks to Dan and a spare light that he had, my dive was saved.

    Thank you Dan!

    I would have went anyway with my secondary light, but that would have really sucked.

    Dan instructs Donna on the proper bagging procedures.

    Dan instructs Donna on the proper bagging procedures.

    Logged Dive #353
    Palos Verdes, CA

    Secret Location: 4f 66 66 20 74 68 65 20 67 61 74 65 73 20 6f 66 20 4d 61 72 2c 20 6d 69 64 77 61 79 20 62 65 74 77 65 65 6e 20 61 20 66 6c 61 74 20 72 6f 63 6b 20 61 6e 64 20 61 20 62 72 69 67 68 74 20 68 6f 75 73 65 2e

    Solo Diving/SoCal Buddy Diving

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 400 psi
    Max depth: 35 feet
    Waves: Calm
    Visibility: 15 to 20 feet
    Water Temperature: About 60 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: About 45 minutes

    Once anchored at our secret spot, I pushed others aside and was the first to jump in the water – I had to urinate really badly.

    I submerged to 35 feet and started patrolling for lobsters to liberate.

    Many shorts were spotted, but I didn’t even bother grabbing them for practice.

    I had gone all the way to 15 feet before turning around; about 20 minutes into the dive, I finally grabbed my first legal bug in 30 feet of water.

    The water was surprisingly clear; an almost full moon was on the horizon peaking over the Palos Verdes hillside.

    I spotted another legal bug under the kelp, but missed the pin.

    I was the first back to the boat with my single lobster; others followed either skunked or with one or two.

    Jimmy the Bagman was lucky enough to run across a lobster hole and caught four.

    Jimmy the Bagman poses with one of his prized bugs.

    Jimmy the Bagman poses with one of his prized bugs.

    Dan and his protégé came back with a few…

    Dan shows Donna how to measure a lobster - of course this was already done in the water before it was bagged.

    Dan shows Donna how to measure a lobster – of course this was already done in the water before it was bagged.

    One of the first time hunters on this boat pinned a molted lobster carcass; the diver mentioned, “I thought catching these things would be a lot harder, I didn’t know it was dead.”

    We moved the boat to hopefully a “better” spot.

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