Have you ever been lobster hunting?

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asked Jun 29, 2018 in Scuba Diving by VADiver (940 points)
reshown Jul 10, 2018 by VADiver
If so, where and what techniques did you use (looper, tickle stick/net, hands,etc)?

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answered Jun 30, 2018 by Davidb (1,816 points)
selected Jul 10, 2018 by VADiver
 
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Yes sir, it’s a blast... a little scary if your a first timer, as morays like to hang out in similar areas within the reef. Two thoughts. One, be respectful of the harvest as many divers take advantage and take more lobsters than they should, which is not good 2. Watch your air consumption more carefully than normal. You Can get quite an adrenaline rush And in some cases that may lead to extra air consumption.
commented Jul 10, 2018 by VADiver (940 points)
Do you use a looper or tickle stick to catch them?
commented Jul 10, 2018 by Davidb (1,816 points)
I am more of a tickle stick guy. I also carry a cheap net something like you use to pull a trout in off the boat (short handle though). I typically insert the stick in the hole behind the lobster if possible and tickle him or her out. I place the net over the area that I am working, as the lobsters will frequently jet out while you are tickling them.
 Here are. Couple of other pointers
Obey the laws for dates, times and sizes, as one fine is not worth even 20 lobsters.
Bring a gauge to measure so you don’t waste time and energy holding onto bugs that are too small
Some jurisdictions have large size limits, so don’t think you can take it just because it is Big
Get some good quality gloves. 7 mil neoprene do not work!
commented Jul 10, 2018 by VADiver (940 points)
Good pointers. Thanks!
+2 votes
answered Jul 4, 2018 by richardehyman (2,630 points)
Not hunting per se but rather filming of lobster fishermen off Isla Contro, Mexico. We made a movie about it "The March of the Spiny Lobster". This was with Cousteau in 1975. Check out my book FROGMEN.
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answered Jul 19, 2018 by Cvet (3,369 points)
Having grown up in Florida it goes to say Hell yes. In those days my brother and myself would swim off shore with a intertube that we would string a net across the opening. In those days we just reached back into the hole and dragged them out. I got one so big I wrapped my legs and arms around it. That was the damnest infection that I ever got diving, it cut me all over my legs. But I played it back by eating it.
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