What is Lobstering?
Board lobstering uses the same basic technique and hoop net gear that is used for hoop netting from a boat or pier. Bait
is placed in the center of the hoop net and as lobsters are attracted and feeding on the bait, the net is retrieved pulling
the feeding lobsters up.
A fresh oilly bait works best, mackerel or bonita.
How long to wait.
Lobster will find the bait within 10-15 minutes if they are around.
Because lobsters are nocturnal creatures, hoop netting is done at night when
lobsters come out to "crawl" and feed.
On reefs, near caves and rock outcropping, rip rap and in the eel grass. I find the
best results just outside the surf breaks on the reefs and eel grass.
Always have a knowledge and understanding of the obstacles, reefs, riptides and
currents, and only go out in flat conditions, never in rough water conditions or through
Wear a wet suits in cold conditions and hat when required.
Always be aware of your ropes to avoid tangling. I typically tie off my ropes with about
10ft of slack.
Never over reach, this will cause you to lose balance and fall off your board.
Always go out with a partner.
Hoop net, line and marker bouy.
Guage for measuring size.
Glow stick to attach to the bouy.
How to Bait and Use the Hoop Net
Bait is tied in the center of the hoop net. The net is then lowered and left with a
buoy and glow stick marking its location. Since there is no way to see if a
lobster is in the net, the hoop net is checked for lobsters by being pulled up
every 10 to 15 minutes.
When retrieving the net it is best to slowly and quietly center the line over the
net before you begin the pull up.
How to measure a lobster.
The legal size is a 3 1/4 in. body, measured from the base of the tail to between
the horns. The measurement is taken from the top of the body.