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    Second Dive For Lobster Off The Island Diver With The Divevets

    Having paid $65 for this lobster trip, I now had a lot of anxiety that I was going to come home with one really expensive bug.

    We chose this next site because there were no boats spotted here on Opening Night; this place was going to either really suck or maybe be pretty lucrative.

    Logged Dive #354
    Palos Verdes, CA

    Secret Location: 32 35 30 20 79 61 72 64 73 20 53 6f 75 74 68 20 6f 66 20 6f 75 72 20 6c 61 73 74 20 6c 6f 63 61 74 69 6f 6e 2c 20 77 68 65 72 65 20 6e 6f 20 62 6f 61 74 73 20 77 65 72 65 20 73 65 65 6e 20 6f 6e 20 6f 70 65 6e 69 6e 67 20 6e 69 67 68 74 2e

    Solo Diving/SoCal Buddy Diving

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 400 psi
    Max depth: 40 feet
    Waves: Calm
    Visibility: 15 to 20 feet
    Water Temperature: About 60 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: About 45 minutes

    I submerged near the anchor line and spotted a legal looking bug – I reached and pinned it!

    It was like grabbing a had full of mashed potatoes!

    The poor thing must have just molted – the carapace just dissolved in my hand and lobster guts gushed out between my fingers.

    There was no way to measure it even though it was probably legal sized; and it was certainly dead – I left it there as fish food.

    Not seeing any in 40 feet, I headed towards shore and turned back around when I reached 15 feet.

    At 25 feet I spotted a huge lobster cave – There were two or three good sized bugs just hanging out, waiting for me to liberate them.

    I dug one out and caught another one as it was fleeing; I now had three in my bag.

    Thirty minutes into my dive, I saw another one and pinned it, and then I saw a bigger one two feet ahead; I dropped the light and tried to grab the second one with my other had, but missed.

    The light went out and my reserve was not on – I dive with one light on at a time, so I can control where I point it.

    I held the lobster in darkness as I was trying to turn the damn thing back on; I eventually was able to.

    I was running low on air, but caught two more heading back.

    This was a lucrative spot - I limited for the night!

    This was a lucrative spot – I limited for the night!

    The lobsters were so plentiful, some just jumped right out of the water and on to the deck

    The lobsters were so plentiful, some just jumped right out of the water and on to the deck; the Captain wrote down the GPS coordinates for our exclusive future reference.

    The other divers did really well also – seven divers, six of them hunters, pulled in 33 bugs on this trip.

    Donna the Biker poses with one of her bugs.

    Donna the Biker poses with one of her bugs.

    We debriefed with the King of Beers and some swirl that some other diver brought.

    We debriefed with the King of Beers and some swirl that some other diver brought.

    Don’t think you can dive if you ride a motorcycle?

    Don’t think you can dive if you ride a motorcycle?

    Donna proves the rumor merely a myth.

    5 Comments

    1. PSD, congrats on the solid start to the season. After last year’s crapulance, maybe this is a good sign.

      Comment by old chris — October 8, 2009 @ 6:07 pm

    2. Hey PSD, good bug dive, get them early in the season before the traps. My group had a great beach dive thur night in laguna, 20′ vis , low surf, and the four of us got 23 legals, great bug diving, keep up the great reports.

      Comment by halibug — October 9, 2009 @ 1:11 am

    3. psd,
      very encouraging to hear the positive bug report;
      this season doesn’t sound so grim.
      would it be possible to reset your countdown for ’till the end of season’? the ’till season starts’
      was very motivating(i had to drop about 50lbs to get back in my suit) thnx jw

      Comment by josh — October 11, 2009 @ 2:53 pm

    4. thnx psd
      that was prompt!
      nice blog btw; it’s good to see a newer diver stick w/it,
      too many burnout too soon.
      jw

      Comment by josh — October 11, 2009 @ 9:26 pm

    5. Hi, Solo!

      I went night freedivig for lobsters at Palos Verdes last Friday (10-09-09) and got 7 legal size lobsters. The ocean condition was near perfect. The visibility was 15-20 feet due to calm ocean. I also saw group of halibuts on the sandy bottom at the location.
      I read your blog so keep on blogging!!!!

      Comment by Sam Suh — October 13, 2009 @ 2:40 pm

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