Going out for an expensive seafood dinner is a great luxury for many people. The price however, especially for a quality lobster makes it an uncommon occurrence. If you are one of these people and you love lobster you might be interesting in catching your own.
Finding and catching lobster is a very difficult pastime to master, but can be fun and fulfilling. This article will teach you how to dive for lobster on your own.
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Things you need
- *Diving gear
- *Access to the water
- *Heavy Gloves
Choose a Style
There are two main styles of catching lobster. The first and most frequently used is through lobster traps or pots. Commercial fishermen do this usually because it allows them to cover a larger area faster, allowing them to catch more lobster. For the person looking to catch lobster for recreational and personal reasons, such as yourself, diving is the best method. Diving allows you to actually go in the water and become more involved.
Free Diving or Scuba
Deciding whether or not you will free dive for your lobsters or scuba dive should be easy. Free diving will require you to be a very good swimmer and to be comfortable in the water in general. It provides you with a lot more freedom in the water but will also lessen the time you can actually be down under. Scuba diving will allow you to be under water for extended periods of time. You will have a tank hindering your movements. If you are comfortable with scuba diving this shouldn't be a problem. If not consider taking a class first.
Obtaining a permit should be your first step after the decision to go lobster fishing has been made. There are strict rules in most states regarding lobster diving. You will need to obtain licenses or permits. You will also need to be very familiar with the size limitations for the lobsters you catch. There may also be rules regarding different species of lobster so make sure to be clear on what type you are going after and all the rules that surround them.
Gathering your tools is the next step. You will need a tickle stick and a net or you can get a lobster snare. They both work in the same way. You will need heavy gloves because lobsters are not friendly on your hands especially when you are trying to wrangle them into a net! You will also need a catch bag. This is a bag used for keeping the lobster after you have caught it.
Finding and Catching
Finding the lobster is not easy. There are a few things to keep in mind though when searching for the crustaceans. Go directly to any rocky or reef area especially if it contains large crevices, caves, or ledges. Lobsters love to hang out in these areas during the day and by taking your tickle stick you can flush them out of these areas. Also always keep your eye out for any sign of antennas or legs jutting out from the rocks; they often have trouble covering their entire bodies. As far as catching the lobster goes it is simple. You just have to be fast! You have to take your time finding them and once you flush them out you have to be very quick with your net!
Tips and warnings
- Check out You Tube online for example lobster catching videos. You may find a few good techniques.
- *Never go lobster diving alone, especially if it is your first time. You should always have a buddy on underwater trips!