Those local people and other sports fishing enthusiasts from all over the country know lobsters by an affectionate name. People in the know use the word bugs for them, what with their spines and carapaces. They are ubiquitous, especially at night, and night lobster hoopnetting Catalina is probably part of the local magic that folks enjoy the most.
There are some regulations that apply, and it is about the minimum size of lobsters that can be caught. The state strictly enforces this law, and says that mature lobsters are those with carapaces that are at least an inch and one fourth in length. The same as the legal age, lobsters are catchable whenever they are this size or more.
For hoopnetting lobsters, some charter companies specialize in providing people with cruises to do exactly that. This activity can also be mixed with any kind of sea sport. Client preferences are addressed, even as the real hobbyists do not consider mixing sports as very good or effective. The charters are available for night and daytime, and will have good diving gear on offer for those the more up close way of getting their crustaceans.
Hoopnetting remains the easiest way to catch the bugs, and they can be used virtually anywhere on the sea. Divers will have a harder time for hard to reach places like the hidey holes or kelp in which the crustaceans like to sleep in. It is of course essential to be working with an experienced boat crew with their own pulleys for really good catches.
There can only be one reason for catching a lobster, and that is in having a great seafood meal. For enthusiasts, there is the added thrill of fresh sea air, and often, the beautiful shore scene that can only be seen at night. It is a recreation that has the makings of romance, sport, healthy physical activity and nature's fresh rewards.
Those who are in the business of commercially fishing for crustaceans do it away from the island or on farther shores. In commercial terms, those who are employed in it go very far away from the coast. The times of unregulated fishing have created vast gaps in native ocean populations, especially in southern California and only sports fishing is all that is all that can be done there nowadays.
Those who want in to this recreation need only a minimum of training, or not at all. A great charter outfit has the all licenses as well as equipment to get you the best tasting bugs around, all in legal size. A great feast awaits those who are lucky or patient, or even skilled enough.
Hoopnetting is not the same as some of the more recognized sport fishing activities. It simply means that a cruiser goes to a certain sport, lays down the nets and waits for the catch to arrive. No need for bleeding for your catch, or spending hours on end through many ocean miles.
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