Catalina Bug Dive

Discussion in 'Southern California Inshore & Islands Fish Reports' started by rhamilton210, Mar 13, 2018.

  1. rhamilton210

    rhamilton210 Adventurous sort

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    We dove Catalina on Friday and Saturday night. Managed 21 nice-sized bugs between the four of us. They were in close, above 40', even with the rain on Saturday. Water was 57+, super clear of course. Saw lots of Abs too. Looks like they're coming back Wanted to hoop but just to much going on and never dropped. Weather looks snotty all week but they are there.
     
  2. michael e. bingham

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    Love to hear the Abs are coming back
     
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  3. mhanson59hb

    mhanson59hb Fear No Fish

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    Abalone! Were they the green or red versions?

    Brings back childhood memories of eating abalone burgers from Rosie's on the pier in Avalon. Yum!

    Congrats on the bugs, too!
     
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  4. kindafishy

    kindafishy I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    i've tried abalone a couple times and was not impressed, did just happen to get it not prepared properly? i'd like to revisit it if anyone knows of a good spot.
     
  5. Contractor.aten

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    Abalone ceviche!!! Blow your taste buds!!!!
     
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  6. mhanson59hb

    mhanson59hb Fear No Fish

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    I don't know where you can get it anymore, but the way Rosie used to prepare it was pounding it flat to soften it up and then deep frying it. Abalone has a rich, unique taste, but if you do find it - be prepared to shell out $$.
     
  7. Waiohinu Lawaia

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    Raw abalone sashimi is like raw white sea bass and maybe raw scallops combined? Simply amazing sashimi!
    I love diving for them where it’s legal north of San Francisco just for the sashimi. But pounded, breaded n cooked properly, you will not find a better eating seafood

    I’ve never bought any, but the farm raised ones which I have eaten that others bought was just as good or better than wild. I’m guessing kinda like hamachi vs yellowtail.
     
  8. Deez

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    The crawlers are definitely crawlin'. Weds night I had pulled up 30+ (hooping) with about 14 to 15 in the keeper range, and kept the 7 biggest, and I was only using 3 nets on an inflatable sup. I was packed up and on my way home by 9:30p. Nice to hear about the Abs, it's nice to hear some good news with what has been such a tragic situation up in Mendo.
     
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  9. HookEmDanO

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    any meat you have to beat...I dont eat
     
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    MarktheShark56 Well-Known "Member"

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    You just suck it, right? :p :gay: :oops:
     
  11. rhamilton210

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    They may have been blacks but I didn't get that close. Obviously, they are not to be disturbed. The season up north was shut down early this year as the Abs don't have enough kelp to eat and the urchins are moving in.
     
  12. rhamilton210

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    Was surprised to see how many boats came over to hoop. Show up at dark, hoop for a few hours and whoosh, gone again. Hopefully, the stock recovers up North and they open the season again.
     
  13. Paddyman1

    Paddyman1 I love pangas

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    I had some shipped from a cannery in Morro Bay about a year ago. About 8 smaller steaks all vacuum sealed and arrived fresh, ready to eat. $pecial occasion. The larger steaks are real pricey.
     
  14. rhamilton210

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    Gotta cook Abs right. 10 seconds a side in hot oil. Over cook it and it turns to rubber. The only spot you are allowed to take Abs is along the coast North of San Francisco. The season closed early this year due to a die off caused by lack of Bull Kelp which they eat and an increase in urchins which also eat the kelp the Abs need to survive.
     
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  15. makairaa

    makairaa I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    My sushi chef does an abalone saute. Thinly sliced abalone with onions, mushrooms, and asparagus sauteed in garlic butter.
     
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  16. rhamilton210

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    Here is a recent update on Mendo Ab season closure.
    https://cdfwmarine.wordpress.com/2016/03/30/perfect-storm-decimates-kelp/
     
  17. Deez

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    Wow! They could be on the brink of losing everything up there. My brother had heard some of the commercial divers have been going out daily just to get rid of purple's and one guy even came up with a giant vacuum to suck them right off the rocks. Thannks
     
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  18. stanky1

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    Nope. Urchins don't eat abs. They both eat kelp, so they are competitors. But the urchin will cut the kelp's "hold-fast" and kill the entire stalk, whereas abalone will eat the leaves that drift around on the bottom. When urchins over-populate a kelp forest they can clear cut it and devastate it. Years ago in San Diego, Kelco used quicklime to reduce the urchin population with the hope of re-establishing the kelp forests.

    Oops, yeah, its all in the linked article above. Never mind.

    I never feel guilty cutting open purple urchins when I am scuba diving to feed the fish. They are pests.
     
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  19. makairaa

    makairaa I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    The only problem with smashing or cutting them up is they are hermaphrodites and instantly try to reproduce upon being damaged. Which then causes all the urchins around them to reproduce. So instead of removing one, dozens have been created. This is why they have created the vacuum to remove them without damaging them in the water. Colleges use urchins in biology labs all the time because it is easy to make them reproduce on command for demonstrations.
     
  20. the SLIDER

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    When's the next "Hangover" movie comming out?
     

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