Late Lobster Dive Trip Report 10/2-10/5

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bosco

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Oct 21, 2005
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Ken Ross
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Went with 31 other divers on the Vision out of Santa Barbara. Wanted to dive the Cortez Bank and SBI but weather was up. Dove 2 days back side of Santa Cruz from Yellow Banks to Albert's and 2 days at Santa Rosa around Johnson's Lee. Multi-day permit allowed each diver 21 bug limit. Boat count was 560 lobster for 32 divers. Most taken in < 10ft. of water in the eel grass. bosco
 
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FloMar

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Apr 28, 2004
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John Collar
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Parker 2320
Went with 31 other divers on the Vision out of Santa Barbara. Wanted to dive the Cortez Bank and SBI but weather was up. Dove 2 days back side of Santa Cruz from Yellow Banks to Albert's and 2 days at Santa Rosa around Johnson's Lee. Multi-day permit allowed each diver 21 bug limit. Boat count was 560 lobster for 32 divers. Most taken in < 10ft. of water in the eel grass. bosco

WOW!!!
 
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RyanErb

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Aug 7, 2012
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Thanks for the report! Sounds like a good load!

Were plenty taken during daylight or were all taken during night?

Any pics?

Congrats on a fun trip!
 
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Mcgyver

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Nov 23, 2005
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David Mcgyver
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I was on the trip too. It is very sustainable considering what the commercials take. Pay your $850 too and you can have a lobster adventure if you are good enough diver. Santa Rosa was 55 degrees at the surface. MPA was very strictly forbidden by the captain, serious threat of loosing all lobsters caught on trip. You really should see a commercial boats haul some time it will blow your mind the first couple weeks, check the CDFW stats. Sorry for the rant, it was for the armchair fisherman. Here are some pics. What fun it was if you can handle 5-6 dives a day. Only 1 night dive, mostly day time bugging, much skill involved.

dan bag.jpg capt graham.jpg Dan bug.jpg
 
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hotramen

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Aug 21, 2009
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Frank
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I have never heard of a lobster only multi day charter. What is the diving experience that is needed?

I have open water with a few dives. 10 feet in eel grass sounds like easy conditions.
 
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Blackfish

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I have never heard of a lobster only multi day charter. What is the diving experience that is needed?

I have open water with a few dives. 10 feet in eel grass sounds like easy conditions.


Only you know your abilities and comfort level, but I would suggest you get more dives under your belt before you go after lobster. Especially at night. Night dives are a different experience. Not for everyone. I have over 150 dives, and I am still uncomfortable at night. I like to see what is around me. LOL
 
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