since bug season (lobster) is due to start in just under 3 weeks, I’ve been starting to think about last years pros and cons. One of my biggest cons was the sea lion issue, especially at Catalina. We’d pull the nets, and the sea lions would literally swim to the back of the boat and wait for us to throw the short lobsters back (free food!) At the same time, we obviously couldn’t keep the shorts after they were measured, so what would you do in this situation? Try and beat the seals back long enough to let the lobster sink back down? distract them somehow? Toss the lobster like you were pitching a baseball? I felt bad giving the seals a free meal so easily, but it was a seal and a hard place... also: what do you all do to keep your nets from getting thrashed by them? We lost a few nets when the seals got between the bridles and the line as we pulled them up, I watched one literally slice through the bridle with his teeth as if it was butter... I have the tubular ‘seal proof’ bait cages by Promar, but I heard a rumor painting the line black would help make it harder for them to follow it to the net, could be a cheap test...? Thanks for the input!