Lobster season opens one minute after midnight this Saturday night. Ben Hong from Promar Nets offers some great advice for would-be lobster anglers.
"Lobster are nocturnal creatures so you'll want to drop your baited net down about an hour before sunset," said Hong. At sundown, lobsters come out of the rocks and crevices they live in and crawl around in search of food.
According to Hong, the bait you choose is very important.
"Bait your nets with a fresh, oily fish such as mackerel, a tuna carcass or mackerel. Leave the net in the water about ½ hour before pulling it so you can fill up with the tasty crustaceans,” he said,
Pier fishermen can have up to two nets in the water at a time and are allowed up to seven legal lobster a night.
All hoopers must have a California fishing license, and a lobster report card as well as a lobster gauge to make sure your lobsters are of legal length. Make sure you know the current California Department Of Fish And Game Regulations regarding the taking of California Spiny Lobster.
You will also see and hear more about the Humboldt Squid, huge halibut and lingcod at San Nicolas Island and where the best local bites are in this week’s Patch Video Fishing Update.