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Bob Ballew
12-28-2010, 10:39 AM
by a hoop netter, not a diver....he was hooping off the federal breakwater outside Long Beach when the giant bug crawled into his net...it was so big, it didn't fit inside the 36" raised hoop....probably over 50 years old...neat pics on Bloodydecks.com....being a gentleman, he nicely donated it to the Long Beach Aquarium...Followup:....hmmm,like Cap' Leo mentioned below... seems like my info is old...the thread was from 2008 and was picked up again this week???? ol' well, the pics are neat to look at for inspiration....

Chris Oak
12-28-2010, 10:45 AM
Wow, that's a monster. I wouldn't have believed the weight had it not been photographed on the official scale, last year we had one donated that was supposed to be 18 pounds and I weighed it in at 14 and that was the biggest bug I've ever seen.

I hope it makes it, that's going to be something to see!

CaptainLeo
12-28-2010, 10:56 AM
I thought I saw that thread before. That bug was caught in Oct. 08. Still a big bug.

BEEK
12-28-2010, 11:13 AM
by a hoop netter, not a diver....he was hooping off the federal breakwater outside Long Beach when the giant bug crawled into his net...it was so big, it didn't fit inside the 36" raised hoop....probably over 50 years old...neat pics on Bloodydecks.com....being a gentleman, he nicely donated it to the Long Beach Aquarium...yay!

I wanna go see it.

Red Zeppelin
12-28-2010, 12:34 PM
Didn't it die? I thought that is what happened to that one. One of the problems with lobsters in aquariums is the diet. They need a constant source of a high calcium diet or they can't complete the molt cycle. They will molt and stay soft, or not finish the molt etc.

Chris Oak
12-28-2010, 12:45 PM
Didn't it die? I thought that is what happened to that one. One of the problems with lobsters in aquariums is the diet. They need a constant source of a high calcium diet or they can't complete the molt cycle. They will molt and stay soft, or not finish the molt etc.

That's somewhat true, but not not always the case. If you supplement the food with fresh mussels and sea urchin with the shells on they don't have that problem. Bugs only have that problem if you are feeding them fileted fish, shucked clams etc then you are going to have a calcium problem.

That's pretty sad if it died, I'll ask around and see what I hear. If you guys are donating any bugs to any aquariums, make sure you invert the lobster underwater and rock it from side to side to get the air out of it's carapace. If you don't do that then it dries out from the inside and the air bubble kills it.

ezcompany
12-28-2010, 12:53 PM
crustaceans need sufficient iodine in the water as well. could have been that.
anyone verify if the bug is still alive?

ApneaAddict
12-28-2010, 02:41 PM
Would someone mind posting the BD photos over here?

malibut
12-28-2010, 04:28 PM
Here is the link, I was too lazy to post all those pics:
http://www.bloodydecks.com/forums/inshore-islands-fishing-reports-southern-california/122588-record-book-bug.html

ezcompany
12-28-2010, 04:30 PM
http://www.bloodydecks.com/forums/attachments/inshore-islands-fishing-reports-southern-california/113331d1223572445t-record-book-bug-picture-531.jpg

http://www.bloodydecks.com/forums/attachments/inshore-islands-fishing-reports-southern-california/113332d1223572445t-record-book-bug-picture-540.jpg

http://www.bloodydecks.com/forums/attachments/inshore-islands-fishing-reports-southern-california/113334d1223572587t-record-book-bug-picture-546.jpg

http://www.bloodydecks.com/forums/attachments/inshore-islands-fishing-reports-southern-california/113338d1223572587t-record-book-bug-picture-566.jpg

http://www.bloodydecks.com/forums/attachments/inshore-islands-fishing-reports-southern-california/113346d1223572750t-record-book-bug-picture-580.jpg

ApneaAddict
12-28-2010, 04:43 PM
Holy shit!

Thanks for posting the pics, ez.

Novice Dave
12-29-2010, 01:13 AM
What he said:up::eek:

matt mattison
12-29-2010, 02:22 PM
here is what I could find on world record lobster caught
I found this on a bing search,
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest recorded North American lobster ever caught weighed 20.13 kg and was between 91 cm to 121 cm long. It was caught in 1977 off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada.


here is another link to a big bull but not as big
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/03/0302_050302_lobster.html

more how about a 100 year old bug
http://www.onlineweblibrary.com/blog/?p=644

as for the largest ca bug this is what I could find
The largest spiny lobster weighed more than 26 pounds and was 3 feet long. and here is the link to where I found it,
http://www.pbs.org/oceanrealm/seadwellers/darknessdwellers/spinylobster.html

Bob Ballew
12-30-2010, 11:01 AM
The largest local lobster I know of, is probably one that was never officially weighed in..it was caught by a friend, commercial ab diver George Beason on the backside of Catalina while ab diving..George said it weighed 22 lbs on the local store scale...he made a big lobster salad and fed all his hippie friends at the Isthmus....he also stated the girls were very grateful...ahhh, I miss those days..

fishmustdie
12-31-2010, 12:25 AM
The largest local lobster I know of, is probably one that was never officially weighed in..it was caught by a friend, commercial ab diver George Beason on the backside of Catalina while ab diving..George said it weighed 22 lbs on the local store scale...he made a big lobster salad and fed all his hippie friends at the Isthmus....he also stated the girls were very grateful...ahhh, I miss those days..

Here's to grateful girls! :toast:

Fis_Hunter
01-01-2011, 10:54 AM
isn't that the same bug that was posted last year colored blue?

Chris Oak
01-01-2011, 12:22 PM
I still havn't heard back from my buddies, but I went there yesterday and it's not on display.

sagen
01-02-2011, 05:08 PM
Hey Chris can you donate a big bug but ask for it back if and when it dies so you then could get it mounted?

Chris Oak
01-02-2011, 07:29 PM
At most places I'm sure they'd be okay, just talk to the chief aquarist or head of husbandry beforehand.