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  • October 1, 2011

    California Lobster Season Is Here!

    There were thunder storms earlier Friday; it seemed that might have driven people away from “Opening Night” as there were not that many people on the water.

    I write “Opening Night” because technically, it’s Opening Morning.

    There was no moon – which is good.

    We took Instructor John’s mighty 14 foot Zodiac – loaded with himself, Jim, Crazy Ivan, me, eight tanks and our gear – to one of our secret lobster locations.

    The Zodiac was crowded.

    There wasn’t much room.

    The boat rode low in the water and riding over the swells made the non-macho sea sick.

    We jumped in the water at midnight.

    I had a nightmare earlier in the week that I had gotten skunked on opening night; I was about to find out if that dream was a premonition.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #390

    Southern California Buddy Diving/Solo Diving

    Secret Location: 4e 65 61 72 20 74 68 65 20 67 61 74 65 73 20 6f 66 20 4d 61 72 2c 20 74 68 65 72 65 20 69 73 20 61 20 68 6f 75 73 65 20 77 69 74 68 20 66 6f 75 72 20 6f 72 20 6d 6f 72 65 20 63 68 69 6d 6e 65 79 73 2e, Palos Verdes, CA

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 800 psi
    Max depth: 35 feet
    Waves: 3 – 5 foot chop
    Visibility: 15 feet plus
    Water Temperature: 67 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 48 minutes

    The boat was anchored in 30 feet of water; I submerged to check the anchor line – SCORE!

    My first bug, with no problems!

    I swam shallower, but the visibility started to suck at 15 feet, I turned around, went over a reef and saw more lobsters a few feet apart.

    I pinned the bigger one, measured it, bagged it and looked over…

    “Holy shit! That other bug is still there,” I thought.

    I moved in and missed a secure grip, it wiggled out of my hand and hit me in the face while fleeing.

    I surfaced to get a return heading, submerged, and came across my next two fairly easy.

    Yeah, there were a lot of short lobsters, but I didn’t even bother going after bugs that “look like they might be legal size.”

    I made a short return trip to the boat, swimming under the thick kelp.

    I need to start cage fighting again, as I am so out of shape, I had a hard time climbing back in to the boat.

    Jim caught three, two were monsters.

    Jim caught three, two were monsters.

    And so the season starts - my first four bugs for the 2011 season.

    And so the season starts – my first four bugs for the 2011 season.

    Instructor John limited (7) on this dive and Crazy Ivan caught one.

    We moved to a different location for our second dive.

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