Poll-What's the best time to Bug Hunt?

What's the best time to Bug Hunt?

  • Early AM

    Votes: 56 7.0%
  • Dusk

    Votes: 197 24.6%
  • High Tide (night)

    Votes: 135 16.9%
  • Outgoing Tide (Transition from High to Low, night)

    Votes: 61 7.6%
  • Low Tide (night)

    Votes: 52 6.5%
  • Incoming Tide (Transition from Low to High, night)

    Votes: 154 19.3%
  • Makes no Difference

    Votes: 113 14.1%
  • Other, post details below

    Votes: 32 4.0%

  • Total voters
    800

Az.monkey

Newbie
Oct 27, 2003
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Karl
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Which one ?
how big is legal size?
I saw some dude in la jolla get busted for poaching?


Without trying to be a dick, buy the REQUIRED measuring device and file off about 1/4 inch and there will be no worries, better safe than sorry, and check the DFG site on a regular basis as the regs change faster than you can change your shorts and bug season is over so you have plenty of time to file the measure down
 
Sep 24, 2007
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Vista, CA
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Name
Christopher Davis
Boat
Prowler 13
Really late at night or really early in the morning before the sun comes up.. I only had 64 lobsters this last season..
 

Jig Stick

Well-Known "Member"
Apr 21, 2008
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63
Encinitas
Name
Ken
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Cabo 216...Sold
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During bug season
 
Sep 24, 2007
329
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28
Vista, CA
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Name
Christopher Davis
Boat
Prowler 13
Early early morning..they're still out of their holes..unless your diving in the Kelp..then they're always chillin'..Jetties..late at night..never have luck on a Full moon, just dive and grab a bug...that's whats important..
 

Sherm

aka: The Sherminator
May 16, 2006
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160
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San Diego
Name
Scott
Boat
Yak
I've had people say don't get em on a full moon. My best bug trip all last season was in shallow water and en intense full moon. Just make sure your shodow doesn't cast on the nets. other than that I find it to be best when the tide is moving. One way or the other.
 

MeCrankMate

TheLegendOfTheLuckyScale
Sep 4, 2006
489
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Meridian, Id
Name
Scott
Boat
Float Tube "Shark Dougnut"
So far I've seen the most volume of bugs at dusk or shortly after total black out (most if not all were very short), but the best quality of bugs in the middle of the night to early morning (some shorts, but mostly legals). I've always gone out at an hour prior to the high tide and dived for at least 2 to 3 hours. The water seems to be much clearer then and there is more area to explore. I can also get much closer to the boilers with more confidence at high tide since there is a greater volume of water and the conditions clean up. Lower tides have been less productive for me due to water clarity and too much exposure of the rocks that I find the bugs on the most often.
 

Sherm

aka: The Sherminator
May 16, 2006
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San Diego
Name
Scott
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Yak
Best time to get bugs is when the dogs don't bother you. My best trips have been full moon incoming tides and late.
 

makohunterz

I'm that one guy
Jul 18, 2008
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Name
markis
Boat
eventually gonna get one named "MakoHunterz"
I like to go for them right at noon on sunny days
 

EricHooper

Dragon Slayer
Apr 25, 2008
24
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Laguna Beach, CA, USA
Name
Eric Hooper
Boat
What ever you got.
I find that anytime from dusk until to moon comes out. Once the moon is out (especially on the fullmoon), the bugs seem to crawl back in their holes.
 

embo

I've been recommended for a recommendation...
Aug 25, 2006
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154
43
619
Name
n/a
Boat
17' Bluewater
Word that. I have sat for hours for nada. And then I get like 3 in about 15 minutes. BTW I have a camera on my net so I know when they are crawling. There is no better time then dark... I have found.
Dark is good. BTW do you find that the infra-red scares them or no?
 

One_Leg

Ret. Comm. Diver/Medic
May 11, 2007
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Name
Alan
Boat
1967 Cobia Cuddy Cabin/Evinrude Looper
As soon as possible after the anchor is set and before anyone else goes over the side.

From the beach I like to get wet between one to two hours after sunset.







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