11.04.18 Yep, about 55 shorts, 3 sets for 5 hoops. Traveled 5 miles south of Harbor and set in 35 feet of water. A really nice evening sunset, transitioned into a black night with glassy water. It was beautiful and yet mysterious. I had 2 pulls with over 12 Lobster each. 15 net pulls was possible in 2.5 hours with the flat hoops because you don’t have to let them soak very long; usually 30 minutes is sufficient. The Dogs came by occasionally while I was waiting nearby to pull the nets so I had to lure them away several times. Nice thing about having the off road lights facing down on the skiff is that the ocean lights up with a round halo usually attracting a small eco-system . I'd drive about 500 feet away then light up the water and the little bastards follow. I kept 3 bugs in my bait tank that were marginally legal. I’ve seen Sheriffs Harbor Patrol (SHP) check my catch several times before. They have taken my gauge and crush the softer front part of the Carapace in order to have the gauge slip right over the rear of the Carapace, now making the catch illegal and potentially expensive. I’ve never been sited but I have been humiliated a few times after SHP abused my bugs with their measuring practices. So weighing the pluses and minuses I tossed the 3 bugs back into the drink with a heavy heart. I was going to have a video to show, however while changing the battery in the GoPro, the camera slipped out of my hand into the bilge. My other regular video camera I mount at the bow was messing with me to, so I didn’t get any good video to produce. I believe the Lobster Cards are a great concept but I’m not sure if we are capturing the overal health of the species. My card would show the ocean is barren and void of Spiny Lobster since we only report the catch; maybe there should be catch and release column as well as possessed. That was my first trip hooping this year and as far as numbers, one of my best trips for the 2.5 hours I set and pulled. Can’t wait to go again! Good luck Gents.