Lobster season is now open in Southern California and in these hard economic times, hoop netting for lobster makes more sense than ever.
Live local lobster costs a little over $20 a pound, so do the math. A few good nights on the water and you can not only dine like a king but the savings can really add up.
A basic Promar hoop net cost's around $25 and is fully rigged. Ben Hong from Promar said you do not have to be on a boat to score the tasty crustaceans; you can do well on piers and jetties too.
"Lobster are nocturnal creatures so you'll want to drop your baited net down about an hour before sunset," Hong said. 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," Hong said. "Leave the net in the water about half an 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. A limit of lobster could easily exceed $200 if you were to buy them at the market.
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. For tutorials on lobster hoop netting, rigging and much more, please visit promarnets.com.
Bonitos biting: The New Del Mar out of Marina del Rey Sportfishing caught 50 bonito to over 10 pounds on the morning half-day run on Wednesday morning. Bonito have made a comeback in recent years providing many new anglers with as good a fight as any fish in the sea.
Most of the fish taken on Wednesday were caught on 15- to 20-pound test, a 2-O hook and a good lively sardine. Bonito are great eating fish if they are properly taken care of.
Filet them on the water, cut all the red meat away and get them on ice as soon as possible. Bonito are delicious sauted in olive oil, garlic, oregano with a splash of white wine.
They also make wonderful sashimi. If you do not intend to treat your catch with the respect and reverence it deserves, toss it back and let it live.
Limits abound: The San Diego offshore scene continued to provide anglers with limits of yellowfin tuna along with some dorado, yellowtail and albacore to 40 pounds.
The Pacific Quest had limits of yellowfin tuna on Tuesday while the Condor had over 100 mixed fish by midday. Great fishing and nice weather has been the rule this week. The Dolphin II is offering a two-day trip departing Sunday evening for only $225. Mention the Daily Breeze and save another $25 when you call Richie at 310-328-8426.
Yes on 2 rally: On Oct.18, anglers will be gathering at Dana Point at 2 p.m. for a Yes on 2 rally. MLPA plan 2 is the plan that most anglers want to see implemented.
United Anglers president Steve Fukuto emphasized how important it is for anglers to turn out.
"Come by boat, car or whatever but please show up if fishing and environment are important to you," Fukuto said. "Make your voice heard by participating in the rally."
For more information, call 562-494-9900.