It’s Lobster Season. Are you ready? We have put together some tips to help you get more delicious lobsters this season. Before you know it you will have awesome lobster radar and won’t need tips!
FIRST, be sure you know your local regulations:
- Know the number of lobsters you are allowed to catch per day per person.
- Check for time limits. Some areas restrict lobster catching from sunrise to sunset.
- Familiarize yourself with areas that are off limits and avoid them. Check for local preserves. Know how many feet off-shore you need to be to catch lobsters.
- Know the size limits. If you go under, you may get fined!
5 Tips for Finding Lobsters During Lobster Season:
- Look where everyone else isn’t looking. Think outside the box – long walks down the beach to some outer reef or climb down some rocks to get to those areas that most divers won’t go.
- Have a kayak? Kayaks go where boats can’t, so you have access to more holes. Be prepared as kayaking can be a lot of work. If you’re starting from a dock, one of the easiest ways to get into your kayak from the dock is to ask a friend to hold your kayak steady while you get in and out. However, if you’re on your own, start with your kayak parallel to the dock, preferably wherever it is lowest and closest to the water. Sit down next to your kayak on the dock, place your feet in the cockpit, turn your body toward the bow of the boat while still sitting on the dock, and lower yourself quickly and calmly into the kayak, keeping your weight as low as you can while you do it. Make sure that you have a good and confident hold on the dock before getting into your boat.
- Lobsters love rocky areas with holes to hide in. Keep a close eye out for deep holes.
- Lobsters generally hide during the day and hunt at night.
- If you find a lobster in a hole, there tend to be more in the hole. Stay close, and look nearby for their little lobster friends.
I FOUND A LOBSTER, Now what??
- Use your “tickle stick” to encourage the lobster out of the hole
- Lower your net and guide the lobster into the net
- Make sure you have on heavy duty gloves if you plan to use your hands to help guide the lobster
- Bring lobster to the surface and measure to be sure it fits the guidelines/regulations
- Save your GPS coordinates for next season!