Why Lobster Hoopnetting Has Become A Trending Sport

By Jessica Williams


Aficionados prize fishing off the southern coast of California. The locality is also home to some of the tastiest seafood delicacies. For sport fishermen who are bored of wading on the beach or going on fishing cruises for big fish, there is another way to test their mettle in catching elusive denizens of the deep.

People in the area and other aficionados who travel from more distant points have come to know California lobsters as bugs. The name is an affectionate one for the strange and spined creatures that can be found all over the place. People come out at night to try netting one, and it is one of the best ways to enjoy it is lobster hoopnetting Catalina.

However, unlike in the days before stricter fisheries regulations, state statutes says that catching a lobster below a certain length is illegal. The minimum is for a lobster carapace that is three and one fourth inches long. The bugs are then considered mature and catchable, just like the legal age for young people.

There are charter cruises available just for hoopnetting activities alone. These can be turned into a combination of any kind of sport fishing activity, depending on the client. But true enthusiasts will not mix the pure joy of getting lobsters with other, more mundane tasks. These charters can be done in daytime or nighttime, with perhaps additional diving equipment for those who prefer getting their spiny crustaceans by diving for them.

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.

Having a great lobster meal is probably one of the main reasons for taking out bugs in Catalina. Hobbyists also know the benefits given by the sea air, and the most romantic night time scenery around the coast. This is the kind of sport that requires a minimum of effort, with a maximum of health benefits, natural beauty and even romance.

Nowadays, commercial lobster catches are kept at a minimum or a farther distance from Catalina Island and neighboring shores. Commercial concerns go deeper and farther into oceans or other coastlines. Unregulated catching have decimated lobster and crab numbers on the southern California coast, so that only recreational catches are all that are allowed and doable.

Participating in this sport or recreation does not take much in terms of special training. A good company can have all the equipment and legal licenses necessary for getting the tastiest bugs in the right size and proportion. Those who are skilled, lucky or patient will feast on the best.

Going after lobsters also does not require as much effort as when catching a big tuna, for example. It does not need long hours of waiting and running around in circles on the ocean. Dip as many hoop nets into the sea as can be done, and simply wait for the bugs to be pulled up.




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