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Old 09-26-2013, 12:54 AM   #1
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Lobster Pre-Season Clarification

Hey there,

I'm pretty new to the sport, love spearfishing already, and am stoked to partake in my first lobster season this year! I understand that you are only allowed to take lobster with your hands while diving (i.e. no spearing) and plan on strictly following all the rules. I was wondering if you are allowed to be in possession of a spear while diving for lobster. I would probably leave it on my longboard (acting as my shore diving platform) just in case my first lobster dives aren't the most productive and I decide to poke a few fishies. I just wasn't sure where that falls in the rulebook.

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Old 09-26-2013, 01:15 AM   #2
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Re: Lobster Pre-Season Clarification

This topic has been talked about so much try searching it first and see what you get. I personally use a 4' pole spear with a paralyzer for sculpin and cabs and have no problems. The main law they are concerned with is using something like a flopper as a hooked device, some guys say its all about the warden you get and what he thinks, just don't have any with holes and he should be cool.
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Old 09-26-2013, 01:54 AM   #3
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Re: Lobster Pre-Season Clarification

Upon diving my first bug season, i tried to do the bug/spear combo thing and i quickly decided it was a little overwhelming to do both productively. All i can say is do separate dives for bugs or fish. Then, if you see a nice cabezon or halibut while bug diving, try braining it with your dive knife(something you should always have). As for the dfg regs, its a grey area.
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Old 09-26-2013, 08:20 AM   #4
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Re: Lobster Pre-Season Clarification

Read recent posts in the Lobster Advisory Committee thread
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Old 09-26-2013, 12:02 PM   #5
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This topic has been talked about so much try searching it first and see what you get. I personally use a 4' pole spear with a paralyzer for sculpin and cabs and have no problems. The main law they are concerned with is using something like a flopper as a hooked device, some guys say its all about the warden you get and what he thinks, just don't have any with holes and he should be cool.
i woudl think they still wouldn't like it bc u can use it to poke them out of holes and i dont think "tickle" sticks are allowed.
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Old 09-26-2013, 03:42 PM   #6
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Re: Lobster Pre-Season Clarification

Thanks for the thoughts guys! The bug/spear combo thing does sound a bit cumbersome friendlyfire so ill probably pass on the spear. Thanks again and good luck fellas
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Old 09-26-2013, 04:08 PM   #7
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Re: Lobster Pre-Season Clarification

My gun marks the holes for areas where I saw bugs (you can do the same with a bigger flashlight and float line). I rarely do dedicated bug dives as Murphy's Law guarantees bugs are abundant when untouchable, and fish are everywhere when you don't have a gun.
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Old 09-26-2013, 04:31 PM   #8
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Re: Lobster Pre-Season Clarification

I found it to be cumbersome too, but it might be worth bringing it just in case you spot a halibut in the sand. Or just keep it on your board or whatever and if it's super fishy out then go grab your gun.
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Old 09-26-2013, 05:26 PM   #9
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Upon diving my first bug season, i tried to do the bug/spear combo thing and i quickly decided it was a little overwhelming to do both productively. All i can say is do separate dives for bugs or fish. Then, if you see a nice cabezon or halibut while bug diving, try braining it with your dive knife(something you should always have). As for the dfg regs, its a grey area.
x2 some people can do it...as for me when I try to become a 'jack' of all trades, I'm usually a master of none
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