Lobster season...a bit of a bust

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  1. love2fishsc

    love2fishsc Newbie

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    Hooped Dana Point several times this season. Lots of shorts ( of course) most nights we managed a few legals, until March. Then it was over. All shorts. Looked like even the commercial guys pulled up shop early.

    I'm not sure if it's extra pressure, or just a tough year, but this was my worst season in 10 years. Still had great times on the water with buddies, but not much production. I was glad to see wardens at the dock several times this year. Even in the rain! I was checked probably 4-5 times this season.

    Hope everyone else did better...looking forward to warmer weather and daytime " work".

    Thanks to everyone who takes the time to post.... Don't forget to turn in your report card.
     
  2. ShadBurke

    ShadBurke I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    We did much better. Much of the success is location and bait dependent.

    You might want to try areas where commercial guys are not allowed. Less pressure.....
     
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  3. vincentek9

    vincentek9 halibut suck

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    Catalina was a major bust for us (49 shorts and 2 legals in 1 trip).
    Local long beach was decent. a handful over 5#, a few limit style trips before 10pm. We didn't start seeing females with sperm sacks until feb and we didn't hoop after feb 17 due to busy work schedules.

    On a side note, there were nights where we would SEE dozens of bugs. We even saw what looked to be a 17-20# Godzilla that would NOT crawl into the nets (we've seen and caught bugs up to 15# so we kind of know size comparison in the water). I'd say it wasn't a lack of bugs as much as they didn't feel like eating what we had to offer. Hopefully next year is a good bug season.
     
  4. Azarkon

    Azarkon I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Catalina opening night was decent. I got 4 or 5 legals in first set of five nets, and heard many people got limits later but I had to leave before that. The season seems to have been slow for most, could be due to conditions, could be due to pressure, or both.

    I think with California lobster prices at $30 to $40 a pound, there's been a rush to catch them. People who would otherwise not bother, had they been cheap, targeting lobsters just because they're seen as rare and expensive.
     
  5. Blackfish

    Blackfish Fishing, a perpetual series of occasions for hope.

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    I won't say it was a bust, but it did suck....because I only went one time this season. 2nd week of the season. about 30 shorts and one legal at Cat. Mid week.
     
  6. NewportMatt

    NewportMatt Old Spool

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    You will have a killer season if you spend a few nights (and days) scouting new spots. Move around and don't go where everyone is. There are spots where you can limit just about every time out. You just have to do the work.
     
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  7. charliecat

    charliecat on a fishin' mission

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    Yeah, 10 years ago how many people did you know that hooped? Cat looks like fourth of july most calm weekends with all the glow sticks and blinking float lights.
     
  8. duckbutter6a

    duckbutter6a Florida man living in SoCal

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    Yup. Worst season ever. Only gonna get worse. Might as well throw away all of your hoops. I might know a guy who will take them off of your hands so you don't have to dispose of them yourself.
     
  9. Calvin Cobb

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    Thanks for card reminder
     
  10. oozacgt

    oozacgt Zzzzzzzzzzzz

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    What kind of system are you using to see bugs? GoPro?

    Thanks.
     
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  11. Contractor.aten

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    We had 3 trips with limits for 3 of us each night. We were first time buggers.... We also used the square bait boxes , i think they are called "Roach Coach" out of LB.
    Those things were bringing them to the pots 5 to 1.
     
  12. Contractor.aten

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    This was first nigh out, 2 rookies

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  13. vincentek9

    vincentek9 halibut suck

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    have someone who can put the bow almost on top of the rocks. shine a really good flash light that can pierce through water. took a few different tries but we finally found a good dive light that is able to shoot through water and give us visibility up to about 10' in the harbor. cost was about $75 for that light

    the amount of bugs you'll see in less than 5' is ridiculous. It almost makes us sad that there were so many legal bugs that refused to crawl into baited nets. the pattern for local LB has been the same: they crawl great from sunset to 10pm (regardless of if we shine the light on them or not). 10pm to sunrise they just hang out and mess with your head.
     
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    Nice Tito. BTW this is Frank - Diversified Pacific superintendent.
     
  15. Contractor.aten

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    Hey Frank Another BD'er.
     
  16. the SLIDER

    the SLIDER https://multimediabylj.com

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    Bastards.

    These guys a pretty friendly.

     
  17. Eatmorfish

    Eatmorfish Livin' on borrowed time

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    I thought this was a very good year for hooping. we went a dozen times and limited almost every trip. Gotta use fresh bait. IMG_1665.JPG
     
  18. invictus

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    At least we had plenty of beer. My only one.
     
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  19. Deez

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    Agreed. It's all about the bait. Fresh and oily will almost always get a result.
     
  20. macalusoaj

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    Hell the dana point breakwall had a lot of bugs this year more than i have seen in years. I'm a diver and that guy above saying they see bugs from the boat in 5' of water ... there were 2 sets of bugs it looked like around the jetty most of the legals were in 2-8' of water with another set almost all shorts from 20-30' with a distinct break from that 8'-20' depths with almost no lobsters in the area. This was the same towards the end of the season as it was on opening night. The ones up top seem to specialize in feeding on the mussel beds at the tide line.
     

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