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With lobster season upon us, you are literally and figuratively gearing up to take the seas in order to make your big catch. Here are some tools you will need for your lobster catch. (NOTE: the following list applies to divers, not commercial lobster fishers.)


Hoop Net Those hunting for lobster via kayak or pier will need a hoop net


to catch a spiny bug. Hoop nets generally have 32-inch or 36-inch diameters and come with about 100 feet of line, bait pouch, and float. The Promar Ambush Lobster and Crab Hoop Net is designed by lobster fishermen for lobster fishermen. The Promar Ambush Hoop Net is described as “incredibly efficient at catching … lob- sters.” The Promar Ambush Lobster and Crab Hoop Net is priced at $36.99. Visit sportschalet.com.


Dive Light If you intend to dive for lobster after sunset, you


would need a dive light to help navigate the waters and spot lobster. Lobsters are nocturnal, so night fishing could result in a more successful catch. The Big Blue CF- 250 L.E.D. light (AAA lithium batteries extra) is a dive light brand that comes with an adjustable light beam angle (range of 6 to 31 degrees). Its light output is 250 lumens and comes in an aluminum cas- ing material alloy. The dive light can operate at a maximum depth of 100 meters, has a burn time of four hours at full lumen output, and has a handheld grip. The Big Blue CF-250 L.E.D. light is priced at $98.99. Visit scuba.com.


Measuring Gauge


Under California law, the size of a caught lobster must be 3.25 inches in length. All divers searching for lobster must have with them a fixed measuring gauge to help determine the size of the catch is legal. To measure


a caught lobster, use the gauge to create a straight line from the eye socket’s rear edge to the rear edge of the body shell (known as a carapace). The straight line measurement should be made along the carapace’s midline. Divers are allowed to bring the lobster to the surface of the water to make the measurement. If the lobster is undersized, you must release it back into the water. Measuring gauges are easy to find online. The Trident Spiny Lobster Gauge features an aluminum-designed fixed measuring gauges that exactly measures 3.25 inches. There is a hole at one end of the gauge allowing it to be attached with ease to your gear. The Trident Spiny Lobster Gauge is priced at $2.95. Visit houseofscuba.com.


Mesh Bag Once a legal catch is made, you will need a mesh


bag to store your lobster. The Trident Mesh Game Bag is 20 x 32 and comes with a wire-locking handle and a D- ring allowing for easy opening and closing. Described as compact and light weight, the Trident Mesh Game Bag has a quick locking clasp and wire handle. The Trident Mesh Game Bag is priced at $14.95. Visit


houseofscuba.com.


Boating Your Way From page 49


about this charter boat, please contact Redondo Sport Fishing at (310) 372- 2111. Down in San Diego, Horizon


Charters will be offering a lobster dive trip between Sept. 26 and 30 at Cortes Bank. The four-day, four-night trip


includes meals, snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, tanks, and weights. At press time, spots on the charter were still available. Email Curtis at Curtis@scubaworldsacto.com or visit horizoncharters.com for pricing infor- mation and space availability. The charter departs Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. and returns Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. Others offering chartering services


Your Hands California is home to spiny


lobster, which is different from the big red bottom feeders found in Maine. In the Atlantic Northeast, lobsters have large claws. The California coast is home to lobster without claws but instead a spiny body. If you are a diver, you are only allowed to take or carry a lob- ster with your bare or gloved hands.


Heavy Duty Gloves


Of course, if you are a diver, be sure to wear heavy duty – and water friendly – gloves, such as OceanQuest diving gloves, to protect your hands from the lobster’s spiny exterior. The super-stretch titanium diving gloves can snuggly fit onto any adult-sized hand and do not require zip- pers or Velcro to stay on tightly. The palm of the glove is a “durable grip,” according to scuba.com. OceanQuest’s gloves provide proper warmth for your hands while also providing enough flexibility to make picking up something — like lobster — while underwater, very easy. OceanQuest diving gloves are priced at $26.95. Visit scuba.com.


include Breakaway Sportfishing Charters in Huntington Beach, Newport Landing Sportfishing in Newport Beach, and Marissa Dive Charters in San Diego’s Mission Bay. As with anyone this hunting sea-


son, if you will be taking a charter boat to hunt for lobster in deeper waters, be sure to have in your possession the proper fishing license, Ocean


Enhancing Stamp, and Spiny Lobster Report Card. Also be sure to have with you the properly regulated gear. Of course, there are certainly more


charter boat options available. The charters featured here are a good starting point for someone who is ready to spend a few days at sea and underwater in search of the perfect spiny bugs.


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