Could these be the elusive offshore lobster of Bad Dog infamy?From Wikipedia:
Pleuroncodes planipes, sometimes called the pelagic red crab (or simply "red crab"), tuna crab or langostilla, is a species of squat lobster from the eastern Pacific Ocean.
Pleuroncodes planipes is a bright red animal, up to 13 centimetres (5.1 in) long. It resembles a lobster, but has a shorter abdomen.
It's interesting that these exist only southwest of San Diego. The species of tuna that gorge on them, of course, have far wider ranges.
Epic...Way, Way, Way back when (1983) the Tuna Crabs invaded Catalina. The fish gorged themselves on them. My Brother in law and I went out and netted hundred of pounds of them. We thought we could freeze them and use them later as bait. We bagged them up in one gallon Zip locks. Well they don't freeze well, we ended up with bags of Tuna Crab Parts. They crumbled in my hands, I took a handful and tossed it out making the statement this stuff is shit, it fell apart. Well about 30 seconds the Calico's started to foam they went nuts! We tied on a Twin T root beer with red metal flake plastic lure and caught one after another. We continued to chum the pieces and throw plastics. We ended up the day with about 100 calicos each. Good Memories
We used Scampis for everything. Sassy Shads and Scroungers too.Legend has it that back in the 80's people used red scampi twin tails when the tuna crabs were around. I heard it works. Match the hatch.