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Old 10-04-2009, 01:56 PM   #1
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Lobster Question / Catalina Report 10/3

Short Report:
Location: SV to Eastend Quarry to LP
Viz: 12ish-25' on the backside. Greenish water with patches of blue mixed in
Frontside cleared up to about 30' avg.
Temps: 68-71 degrees
Game Taken/Seen: 5 daytime bugs; 8lb Calico and Saw a few Moss backs, lots of Bonita, and shit loads of bait.

Ran out of newport to try and salvage some YT before this cold front hits. Weather report was wrong by a long shot. Smooth crossing there and back. Light 12 knot wind on the way back, but that was minor. Pretty quite for the most part, except very large schools of bait on the frontside with bonita chasing it all over the place.

LOBSTER question
So after no luck on the backside looking for game fish. We decided to go hit a hole I found about 2.5 weeks ago that was overflowing with nice lobsters! I mean this was probably a 4-6 squarefoot area with 3 little caves and there was easily 60-80 bugs crawling on one another and I found this during the day...totally random. So I gave the "sure thing" speech and there we were. First in the water, found the spot in 3 dives and shot a big calico in one of the holes. After he was on the boat dropped my gun to mark the spot and quickly pulled a big one out of the cave + one more legal. After that spotted a couple shorts and that was it.

Now I know people "scout" etc. seems to have worked for Ben and company. Besides the daytime factor which should have had all the bugs back in their holes. I couldnt believe all of them were gone! Poof vanished. What do you guys think?
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Old 10-04-2009, 02:44 PM   #2
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Re: Lobster Question / Catalina Report 10/3

Bugs move around a lot more than you'd think, it's always kind of frustrating but if you can track where they moved to then there's probably a new temporary honey hole there. There's nights where I've hit reefs that are crawling with bugs and limited out in 15 minutes, went back the next day and nothing...
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Old 10-04-2009, 03:49 PM   #3
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Re: Lobster Question / Catalina Report 10/3

Bugs move. A LOT. But they gotta go somewhere...

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Old 10-04-2009, 03:55 PM   #4
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Re: Lobster Question / Catalina Report 10/3

into my dive bag
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Old 10-04-2009, 11:03 PM   #5
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Re: Lobster Question / Catalina Report 10/3

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Bugs move around a lot more than you'd think, it's always kind of frustrating but if you can track where they moved to then there's probably a new temporary honey hole there. There's nights where I've hit reefs that are crawling with bugs and limited out in 15 minutes, went back the next day and nothing...

They travel MILES. Tagged lobsters in Maine were caught 30 miles from the tagged spot in the same season.

One time about 1980 near Avalon doing some salvage work with the mini-sub they told us to suit up and come down to get some lobsters for dinner.
At 130' in sand there was groups of lobsters around 5 to 10 per group
AS FAR AS YOU COULD SEE was HUNDREDS of Lobsters. I was a litted scared since 85' was my deepest till then but it wasn't too bad. Limits for us both in about 3 minutes. Very cool experience.
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Old 10-05-2009, 07:37 AM   #6
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Re: Lobster Question / Catalina Report 10/3

I went the day before and got em all mike.
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Old 10-05-2009, 09:44 AM   #7
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Re: Lobster Question / Catalina Report 10/3

I was watching them run over an open bottom on Saturday morning at about 4 am. Just hauling ass going to some other place. But, my gem of a spot kicked out hard as expected, I have no complaints!!
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