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    Lobster Hunting: SCUBA Diving vs Hoop Netting

    November 8, 2013

    We moved to the next spot where they threw their nets over before I went in.

    If you don’t know how I got on a boat with some hoop netters, read my last post.

    I went over and down.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #455

    Solo Diving

    Secret Location: 44 69 72 65 63 74 6c 79 20 69 6e 73 69 64 65 20 74 68 65 20 6d 6f 75 74 68 20 6f 66 20 74 68 65 20 62 72 65 61 6b 77 61 74 65 72 2c 20 74 6f 20 74 68 65 20 72 69 67 68 74 20 6c 6f 6f 6b 69 6e 67 20 6f 75 74 2e
    Long Beach, CA, USA

    In With: 2900 psi
    Out With: 1400 psi
    Max depth: 45 feet
    Waves: Pretty flat
    Visibility: shit to 10 feet
    Water Temperature: 62 degrees
    Air Temperature: 72 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 25 minutes or so

    I hit bottom at 45 feet; the floor was a three foot deep mass of mush.

    I swam towards the wall where there was a mass of boulders; starting at the bottom I went up.

    I didn’t see one lobster – not one.

    I came across a few molts, which gave me hope, but I just didn’t see any lobsters at all.

    They weren’t in the rocks, on the rocks or out in the mush.

    Not to come back empty handed, I put a lobster molt in my bag, and after about 25 minutes doing a lobsterless search for bugs, I called it quits.

    I surfaced, signaled with my light, and the boat came and picked me up.

    Me with my molt.
    Me with my molt – that is just a lobster shell.

    They then went around and pulled the ten hoop nets that they dropped before my dive.

    An ocopus is caught.
    They pulled up an octopus.

    Ranger Danger was about to throw it back, but Luis said, “Keep it, I can make tacos with it.”

    Finally, a bug is on board!
    Ranger Danger pulled up a bug!

    Finally, we are not skunked!

    Well, at least there’s a bug on the boat.

    Ranger Danger shows his bug.
    Ranger Danger shows his bug.

    Captain Tom said, “Enough of wasting our time going SCUBA diving, let’s go where the lobsters are…”

    He started up the boat and went inside the harbor.

    You can hoop net in certain parts of the harbor, but diving anywhere in the harbor is illegal without Police permission.

    I don’t mind because harbor diving is nasty.

    The Los Angeles Harbor
    The Los Angeles Harbor

    We dropped ten hoop nets at two points and drank beer for 40 minutes waiting for the lobsters to crawl into the baited nets.

    It was Luis’s turn to pull the nets.

    The first pull yielded nothing.

    Luis catches his first bug.
    The second pull yielded Luis his first bug.

    The other three at this spot were empty, or as Captain Tom called them, “blanks.”

    We went to the second spot where Luis kept pulling the nets.

    I was looking over Captain Tom’s shoulder to see what was inside when the net broke the surface.

    Suddenly, I got an elbow in my stomach and a push to the other side of the boat, where I landed on the cooler.

    A monster bug is thrown on deck.
    Holy crap! A huge bug landed on deck!

    “We had to get that thing in the boat, it was hanging on the outside,” Captain Tom said.

    Luis shows off his catch.
    Luis with his monster bug.

    The bug weighs in at 10.6 pounds.
    The bug weighs in at 10.6 pounds.

    Ranger Danger poses with the monster lobster.
    Ranger Danger poses with the monster lobster.

    I filled out another line in my lobster report card to reflect the gear change…

    Me throwing a hoop net.
    Me throwing a hoop net.

    Me pulling a hoop net up.
    Me pulling a hoop net up.

    I did as well at hoop netting as I did with SCUBA diving for lobster – ZERO!

    We stayed there for another drop, and ended up catching one more lobster.

    We tried other spots, but had no further success.

    We headed back around 2 AM.

    The catch for the night.
    The catch for the night – four lobsters and one octopus.

    The Queen Mary at night.

    So the final score for tonight:

    SCUBA Diving – 0 lobsters

    Hoop Netting – 4 lobsters

    It was a fun and interesting trip, however, mixing hoop nets and SCUBA on the same boat just is really awkward.


    1. Now you know how the hoopers are getting all the big bugs. Inside spots in the harbor where no divers or commercial trappers go. The only downside is it is questionable wether it is safe to eat those bugs. I had a much different experience last thur night diving the outside of the LB wall. We had clean water with vis up to 30′, great kelp beds and plenty of bugs. I got 5 and my buddy got 7 on one dive.

      Comment by halibug — November 11, 2013 @ 1:45 pm

    2. Yeah, Halibug, I should have gone to the outside. Inside the break wall is absolutely nasty and the lobsters I hear taste like diesel fuel. I didn’t eat any of the ones that were caught.

      Comment by PsychoSoloDiver — November 11, 2013 @ 10:42 pm

    3. Would you do this to puppies and kittens that you found on the street?

      They don’t have warm fuzzy fur, nor cute eyes that look at you, but these are live creatures with feelings. What a sickening sport. Please reconsider your inhumane and cruel brutality.

      Comment by Please stop the cruelty — November 12, 2013 @ 8:18 pm

    4. Lame ass troll… Animals die for you to eat PETA freak.

      Comment by halibug — November 13, 2013 @ 9:48 am

    5. To: Please stop the cruelty

      Damn dude! I agree with Halibug, your attempt at trolling is pretty sad. Don’t worry though, the way things are going, the lobsters will be fished out in a few years. We’ll stop then. PSD

      Comment by PsychoSoloDiver — November 13, 2013 @ 4:08 pm

    6. Hey PSD, look at the recent press release from the California Spiny Lobster Fisheries Management Plan. They have determined that the current state of the Lobster population is healthy and sustainable. That is why they are looking at recreational take of bugs and the recent increase in hoopnetters, that was the purpose of the lobster cards, plus the commercial take, which has always been studied. There will be some changes to bug hunting regulations in the near future, but they will be implemented for a healthy bug population.

      Comment by halibug — November 15, 2013 @ 11:13 am

    7. I was very interested by your report from the inside wall, because I have always heard that the inner wall was a great bug producer and I thought it was illegal to dive the inner harbor. Sounds like that is just a rumor, your report of nasty bottom terrain and lack of bugs sounds disappointing. I think the bugs migrate in and out of the harbor, making them safe to eat. but I would still not take the bugs from the inner harbor, too many issues with pollution.

      Comment by halibug — November 15, 2013 @ 11:23 am

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