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Yay! Caught me a lobster!

Discussion in 'New Divers and Those Considering Diving' started by mobster75, Jul 10, 2006.

  1. mobster75

    mobster75 Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Plymouth, MA
    Last week I decided I wanted to try my hand at lobstering so I went and got the permit online and bought a dive bag, tickle stick, and measuring gauge. This past Saturday I got to try it out as a couple other people at the local shop's weekly free guided shore dives also wanted to go for bugs.

    I caught my first lobster about 10 minutes into the first dive (of two) and was happy to see it was just legal. I swam over and signaled our dive leader, who had more experience, to double check it before I dropped it in my bag and he agreed it was good.

    I have to admit, the whole process was a lot of fun. I had a blast hunting through the kelp and under the rocks to see if I could see an antenna or a claw or a tail. I was kind of nervous the first time I went to grab a lobster as I didn't want to get pinched and I know their range of motion is limited, but until you do something for the first time...... Now, they might be slow with their claws, but wow can they haul when they use their tail through open areas...

    Caught about 4 or 5 more on the rest of dive 1 and during dive 2 but they weren't legal size so it was just catch and release. That was OK with me; I caught 1 good one and I was going to enjoy it when I got home with some lemon and butter :wink:

    I've never been a huge fan of lobster because as a kid it seemed a bit rubbery. But the next day for lunch when we turned my catch into a stuffed lobster lunch, it wasn't rubbery at all. It was really fresh and tasty.

    Just wanted to share another first with everyone else.
  2. Dao Jones

    Dao Jones Solo Diver

    Mmmmm...lobster. Sounds fun, congrats!!
  3. Jason Ooi

    Jason Ooi Instructor, Scuba

    Great Fun...congratulation
  4. Zaffy

    Zaffy Angel Fish

    yay, congratulations. I want to go bug hunting when the season starts down here.
  5. diverdown247

    diverdown247 Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Missouri
    Oh the perks of having lived on the Carribean for 6 months...Fresh lobster grilled right on the beach almost every night dive!!

    Glad you had fun. It's addicting once you start and now that you know what fresh truly is, you won't want it any other way.
  6. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: One kilometer high on the Texas Central Plains
    Sounds fun. Be careful of losing your buddy contact hunting bugs. I can imagine focusing on the hunt so much as to let that serious need slip. :wink:
  7. sasscuba

    sasscuba Loggerhead Turtle

    Best lobster I ever had I caught myself.
  8. m3830431

    m3830431 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Green Bay, WI
    Nice job. What do you charge to ship them to Wisconsin?
  9. victor

    victor Solo Diver

    If you overcook lobster it goes rubbery, and then no amount of cooking will make it tender.
    Remember whatever time you cooked it for as that seems to be the magic number.

    p.s. The same is true for squid, prawns, and I suspect a lot of other sea food.
  10. mislav

    mislav Dive Travel Professional

    # of Dives:
    Location: Koh Phi Phi, Thailand
    Poor lobsters. I'd love to catch them, but I'd also let them go. I'm no big fan of what they taste like anyway. Can't say that for the shrimps, though. They better run for their life in my presence. :grip_n_ri

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