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  • March 7, 2014

    Lobster Hunting Off Of Redondo Beach

    It’s just 11 days until the close of Lobster Season.

    Chipper mentioned to me, “At the beginning of the season, all the hunters are so happy, but towards the end of the season, everyone is glad to soon be able to start enjoying day time diving again.”

    Yeah, true, even though I haven’t been out much this season.

    The Island Diver

    The Island Diver has been bought by Dive N Surf, but still docks at Rocky Point in Redondo Beach.

    This was an $80, light pack lobster boat consisting of Chipper, Nice Bob, the other Jeff and me – with Dive Master Tony and Captain Toros as crew.

    Since the Dive N Surf acquisition, the Dive Master no longer does guided underwater tours and actually stays on the boat; everyone gets a buddy to jump off the boat with, too.

    The ride out was rough, and besides one tug boat, no other ocean craft were seen outside the break wall.

    Some people, who never get sick, got sea sick; luckily, with me being macho, I was not one of them.

    We anchored in a secret spot, and we jumped in.

    Wanting first grabs, I was the first to submerge, but I had to take my time getting down to the anchor at 85 feet, and someone beat me to the floor.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #464

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

    Secret Location: 4f 66 66 20 6f 66 20 74 68 65 20 53 70 61 6e 69 73 68 20 52 65 64 20 42 65 61 63 68 2c 20 74 68 65 72 65 20 69 73 20 61 20 66 61 72 6d 20 74 68 61 74 20 67 72 6f 77 73 20 6f 6e 6c 79 20 70 69 70 65 73 2e
    Redondo Beach, CA, USA

    In With: 2900 psi
    Out With: 500 psi
    Max depth: 86 feet
    Waves: A lot of surface chop, some surge below
    Visibility: 10 feet, a lot of silt
    Water Temperature: 64 degrees
    Air Temperature: 68 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 26 minutes

    I didn’t want to go too deep – you can get to more than 140 feet if you aren’t careful – so I went East.

    That was a bad mistake.

    I ran across some structure and pinned my first lobster on top of the sand.

    I didn’t even bother measuring it; it was short, and released unharmed.

    At 1600 psi, I turned around, went past the anchor and ran in to one of the main parts of the artificial reef.

    I caught three bugs, two were short, the other was just barely legal – I kept the legal one.

    There are lobsters, I just went the wrong way on this dive, and now I was almost about to go into decompression mode with 600 psi left.

    Fuck it – I headed to the surface, slowly.

    I was afraid of being carried by a current, and didn’t know where the anchor line was, so I skipped my safety stop – I don’t like doing that.

    When I broke the surface, but before swimming to the boat, I remeasured my lobster – it had shrunk at the surface.

    I took the lobster, pointed to the direction of home, and released it, unharmed – but it was probably a little psychologically damaged.

    Chipper ended up with one bug, Nice Bob with another – a total of two bugs and four divers on this dive.

    Details on our second dive will follow shortly.

    1 Comment

    1. Diving to hunt for lobsters. What a great adventure! I will surely enjoy that too because I also love lobsters. We will be scuba diving by next day.

      Comment by julia cowell — March 27, 2014 @ 6:43 am

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