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    Lobster Hunting Off Of Redondo Beach – Dive #2

    March 7, 2014

    After a sort of disappointing dive at the last location – four divers and two bugs – we decided to go to a nearby sunken barge.

    This was a spot I had no clue even existed.

    The Dive Master said, “The barge has openings in the side; There are bugs inside, but if you’ve never penetrated a wreck before, don’t do it.”

    Hmm – I had my plan now.

    The next spot was so close, I didn’t even know that we actually moved.

    We had pulled anchor, and I heard the engines, but between the big swells that were making some puke over the side and the short ride, I couldn’t tell that we had actually moved anywhere.

    After more than an hour surface interval, I jumped over and swam to the anchor line.

    I submerged first, determined to get to the barge first, but like the last dive, some divers can equalize faster than me, and I was beaten to the anchor.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #465

    Same Ocean Diving With Chipper, Nice Bob and the other Jeff

    Secret Location: 54 68 65 20 61 6d 6d 6f 20 62 61 72 67 65 20 6e 65 78 74 20 74 6f 20 74 68 65 20 6c 61 73 74 20 6c 6f 63 61 74 69 6f 6e 2e
    Redondo Beach, CA, USA

    In With: 2900 psi
    Out With: 600 psi
    Max depth: 82 feet
    Waves: A lot of surface chop, fairly calm underneath
    Visibility: 10 feet, a lot of silt
    Water Temperature: 62 degrees
    Air Temperature: 64 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 24 minutes

    I followed the anchor line to the barge, but visibility fucking sucked.

    I soon discovered Nice Bob and the other Jeff were leaving a James’ Bond type trail of kicked up silt to ruin my visibility.

    Instead of going along the barge, I went over and pinned a lobster within 30 seconds – it was legal and I bagged it.

    I cut over the barge and dropped to the other side where there was a big hole in the side.

    So, there’s lobsters in the barge?

    I went in; maybe about 15 feet, and then towards the right, into another compartment.

    No bugs; I turned around to a view of nothing but silt.

    Fuck! – it’s a small barge and I have plenty of air, but I should have taken a compass heading before doing such a dumb-assed maneuver.

    Which way is out?

    Then, I saw a light shining in from the outside.

    That diver was later identified as Chipper, who I thought was trying to show me the way out.

    In actuality, he was just looking for bugs.

    I went towards the light, only to approach a hole the size of a football.

    Hah! At least, I know where the side is, and the entrance is just one compartment over.

    I found where the first compartment was and the exit.

    As I was going out, Chipper was coming in.

    I waited to see if he needed help getting out, but left after a minute or so.

    After telling my story, Chipper later recounted that, “Yeah, I didn’t think it was such a great idea going in there, especially after you had kicked up all that silt.”

    There were bugs under the barge, but out of reach.

    I did another circle, until I found the anchor that was resting on top of the barge and started heading back.

    I made an extended safety stop, before surfacing.

    The rest soon made it back; Nice Bob and the other Jeff got skunked, Chipper got two lobsters.

    Lobsters Fighting.
    Chipper’s two lobsters were fighting in his bag.

    Lobster 69.
    The grappling continued on the ground.

    My huge catch!
    My catch for the night – this monster bug weighed almost two pounds.

    Well, the one bug I caught cost about $100 – even though the fish market is cheaper, I did have fun.

    However, I’m not sure if I can afford another trip this season; this might be it.


    1. It must have been Bob and Jeff who told you the bugs were inside. They are under the edge of the barge. The north and south ends are best.
      The large hole is on the east side near the north slope.

      Comment by Max Bottomtime — March 9, 2014 @ 3:42 pm

    2. Nice! The bug diving reports are always fun to read. Season is almost over, get the bugs while you can.

      Comment by halibug — March 10, 2014 @ 10:27 am

    3. Lobsters look very different from humans, so it’s hard for us to imagine how they perceive the world. For example, lobsters “smell” chemicals in the water with their antennae, and they “taste” with sensory hairs along their legs. But in many ways, lobsters aren’t so different from us.

      Like humans, lobsters have a long childhood and an awkward adolescence. Just like us they also carry their young for nine months and can live to be more than 100 years old.

      Like dolphins and many other animals, lobsters use complicated signals to explore their surroundings and establish social relationships. They take long-distance seasonal journeys and can cover 100 miles or more each year (the equivalent of a human walking from Maine to Florida)—assuming that they manage to avoid the millions of traps set along the coasts. Sadly, many lobsters don’t survive their most formidable predator … humans. More than 20 million are consumed each year in the United States alone.

      Contrary to claims made by seafood sellers, scientists have determined that lobsters, like all animals, can feel pain. Also, when kept in tanks, they may suffer from stress associated with confinement, low oxygen levels, and crowding. Most scientists agree that a lobster’s nervous system is quite sophisticated. Neurobiologist Tom Abrams says lobsters have “a full array of senses.”

      Comment by Concerned Humanitarian — March 15, 2014 @ 8:31 am

    4. Troll
      My fingers are hovering over the keyboard
      Nope, not feeding the troll this time.
      Damn, couldn’t resist, I eat dead animals.

      Comment by halibug — March 16, 2014 @ 1:51 pm

    5. Now Jeff you know I hate to nit-pick, and it was probably just an oversight but shouldn’t you have filed this one under hunting dives? I was psyching myself up for opening night reviewing some of last years adventures and had to look for this one. See you soon!

      Comment by Chipper — September 3, 2014 @ 2:07 pm

    6. Sorry Chipper, I’ll fix this.

      Comment by PsychoSoloDiver — September 15, 2014 @ 5:47 am

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