11/23- Hooping in LB Harbor

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I'm pretty sure that "practice makes perfect" does not apply to hooping, but I'm figuring that more time on the water can't hurt, plus we have a blast trying. To us, it kind of feels like winning a jackpot in Vegas when you finally hear the beautiful sound of that tail slapping in the hoop when it breaks the surface of the water as you bring it on board. I'm guessing it doesn't quite feel like that to those who have bugs coming in almost every net, but when the ratio can be 1:40, bugs/pulls, we sometimes just stop for high fives and a group hug when seeing a lobster in the net.

After five trips, with a total of 5 bugs, we decided to change it up a bit. We reasoned it couldn't get much worse, and we could always go back to our old approach which consisted predominately of fishing parallel to breakwaters/jetties at varying depths. (Plus we all know the definition of insanity, and I became concerned I was replicating that in my approach to hooping).

So we went out last week in the harbor, and other than one 5 hoop set, we stayed away from the jetties. Two interesting things happened on this trip; first, we caught a lobster in our very first hoop! (on all of our previous trips, the only lobster we would catch came toward the end of the night). Second, during the course of the night we caught 3 shorts. On our previous 5 trips we had never caught a single short. Although we caught a legal to start the night, we still only managed two legals for the trip, but none the less I was encouraged that we had encountered 5 bugs on the trip, and felt there may be something to build on here.

So, last night we decided to give our new strategy another try. We started at the same spot, and almost to defy the odds, we caught another legal on our very first pull. (Two trips in a row we get the Schneid off in one pull.) For the trip we did a lot of prospecting, setting hoops here and there, shotgun approach and managed 3 legals for the trip (a personal best), and one larger bug that was also our personal best. (The smile on my daughters face says it all. She was soooo stoked!)

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dudeman

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Thanks for report. It takes a while to get dialed in. Keep putting in the time and eventually you will score. Got to enjoy being on the water regardless.
 
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RodRage

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    Nice work skipper If one spot dont work keep moving I say, Your daughters face says it all ,The jokes n laughter when hooping are 80% of the fun bugs are a bonus. Ill be out there tomorrow on the hunt for some Thanksgiving bacon wrapped lobster ball appetizers...

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    pescadorable

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    Nice work skipper If one spot dont work keep moving I say, Your daughters face says it all ,The jokes n laughter when hooping are 80% of the fun bugs are a bonus. Ill be out there tomorrow on the hunt for some Thanksgiving bacon wrapped lobster ball appetizers...

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    Nice bug there Todd hopefully I’m back on soon I had surgery yesterday so it won’t be long.
     
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    C-4 Fishing

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    Good going bud.
    I agree that flap, flap, flap as you pull the hoop at of the water is the best sound!!!
     
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    Hooops

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    Nice work and great idea to get away from all the jetties and oil islands - lots of bugs and less pressure - be sure to keep you sounder on and do some figure 8s around those zones - you may/will find some rock piles that are loaded
     
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    Keep exploring, marking spots for future use and take notes. Congratulations on your success and thanks for sharing
     
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    SaltH20Angler

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    I'm pretty sure that "practice makes perfect" does not apply to hooping, but I'm figuring that more time on the water can't hurt, plus we have a blast trying. To us, it kind of feels like winning a jackpot in Vegas when you finally hear the beautiful sound of that tail slapping in the hoop when it breaks the surface of the water as you bring it on board. I'm guessing it doesn't quite feel like that to those who have bugs coming in almost every net, but when the ratio can be 1:40, bugs/pulls, we sometimes just stop for high fives and a group hug when seeing a lobster in the net.

    After five trips, with a total of 5 bugs, we decided to change it up a bit. We reasoned it couldn't get much worse, and we could always go back to our old approach which consisted predominately of fishing parallel to breakwaters/jetties at varying depths. (Plus we all know the definition of insanity, and I became concerned I was replicating that in my approach to hooping).

    So we went out last week in the harbor, and other than one 5 hoop set, we stayed away from the jetties. Two interesting things happened on this trip; first, we caught a lobster in our very first hoop! (on all of our previous trips, the only lobster we would catch came toward the end of the night). Second, during the course of the night we caught 3 shorts. On our previous 5 trips we had never caught a single short. Although we caught a legal to start the night, we still only managed two legals for the trip, but none the less I was encouraged that we had encountered 5 bugs on the trip, and felt there may be something to build on here.

    So, last night we decided to give our new strategy another try. We started at the same spot, and almost to defy the odds, we caught another legal on our very first pull. (Two trips in a row we get the Schneid off in one pull.) For the trip we did a lot of prospecting, setting hoops here and there, shotgun approach and managed 3 legals for the trip (a personal best), and one larger bug that was also our personal best. (The smile on my daughters face says it all. She was soooo stoked!)

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    This is exactly why most dont just give out spots when newbies ask for "good lobster spots". So much effort, work, thought, time and money go into increasing odds of being successful.

    Keep at it bro!!! Fine job!
     
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