Rodney Marquez of BDOutdoors shares tips on how to hoop net for California spiny lobster, including regulations, techniques and the gear required to succeed.
“The first thing you need to do is get the proper licenses in order to go hoop netting for lobster,” said Rodney. “Then you have to learn how to measure them properly to determine if the lobsters are of legal size to keep. Then you need to have the hoop nets and related gear in order to catch them. It takes a little set up, but it is well worth it to catch your own lobster dinner!”
The BD Swag shop sells these custom Bloodydecks lobster gauges for measuring lobsters. They are precise and made of aluminum so they will last.
Rodney was using a rigid Promar lobster hoop net that is available at your local tackle shop. He also describes the bait options and equipment associated with the hoop net. The buoy and light combo and bait container are integral parts to the set up. “Don’t forget, there are required numbers that go on your floats, so make sure you’re legal,” says Rodney.
For more information on the rules and regulations of California Spiny Lobster, visit the CDFW website.