So every year from October 1’st – the end of March is lobster season here in So. California, which is also one of my favorite times of year. With that being said, I am going to enlighten you on how to properly prepare for and catch your very own lobster, as I have perfected this method through countless years of trial and error.
What you will need:
- Fishing license and lobster report card – these can both be purchased at sports chalet, big 5, or any hunting fishing store. They usually will run you about $60 ($50 for fishing license, $10 for lobster card).
- Hoop nets – these can be bought at sports chalet, big 5, or on craigslist ( I prefer craigslist as you can usually get a better deal). These are what will be used to catch your lobster. These usually run anywhere from $15 – $50 per net.
- Bait – I have found that what works best is salmon heads (it’s like lobster crack). Also, any kind of fresh fish will still do the trick. You can get this at any local bait shop, or even some fish markets.
- Transportation – I usually use my kayak to take on my lobster hunting adventures; however, if you have a boat even better!!
- Hunting Grounds – this is usually kept a secret; however, anywhere along the coast line where there is kelp or rocks, usually in the harbors along the jettys have always given me the best results.
- Game bag – don’t forget to have something to place your lobster in once you catch them. You can get these online, at sports chalet, or most fishing stores.
- Gloves – these are a must! Lobsters are spiny (California lobsters do not have claws, instead they have spins as their defense).
Once you have everything in order and a location you want to trap at head out, (this should be anytime after dark as that is when they come out from the rocks to feed) but before you do make sure to place the bait in the bait cages (these are attached to the inside of the hoop nets and hold your salmon heads/fish). When you get to a good location drop your nets down usually about 10 – 25 feet is deep enough. Make sure to separate your nets at least 5 – 10 yards from each other in order to maximize your hunting grounds. Once all your nets are set you should wait a min of 10 min to a maximum of 30 min until you pull your nets up. This allows the bait to release and for the lobster to find your traps. When you pull them up, pull hard and fast to insure that none are able to escape and there you have it!
If you do not get any your first time do not be discouraged, it could be a number of things from the location, to the bait, to the lobster just not being hungry. But when you do start to catch lobster it really is a lot of fun and a great way to impress your friends (especially girls) with how manly and rugged you truly are when it comes to providing dinner from the ocean.
Blog Author: Jeff Eckman