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Old 09-13-2018, 11:17 PM   #1
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Learning to Catch Lobsters with a Looper

A recent video of local lobster diving.

I was trying to use a looper, but was having terrible luck until my buddy explained that the loop has to be bent down and hang down.
Probably obvious to anyone who uses them, but I have not tried one for many years.


https://youtu.be/TBlCNBV5EbA

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Old 09-14-2018, 08:38 AM   #2
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Re: Learning to Catch Lobsters with a Looper

I am a netter myself. I seem to catch 50% females and feel that the snares do more harm to the lobsters.
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Old 09-14-2018, 09:02 AM   #3
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Cool video. Great viz and dang that is a ton of bugs! I like that smaller net...seems to be better then those wide ones that are in every store. Fly fishing net?
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Old 09-14-2018, 02:53 PM   #4
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It is a commercial fishing net material i scavenged from somewhere.
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It is a commercial fishing net material i scavenged from somewhere.
What kind of net (frame) is that? Where did you get it?
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Old 09-14-2018, 04:39 PM   #6
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All home made I think. Not sure, but I think the frame may be the wire from hubcaps that get ripped off at a railroad track near my house, think I doubled them up
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All home made I think. Not sure, but I think the frame may be the wire from hubcaps that get ripped off at a railroad track near my house, think I doubled them up
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.. I like that smaller net... Fly fishing net?
The very narrow lobster nets used to be carried by Force E stores back in the 1990's. It was named after a guy near Daytona and called a "Harley Net ". I have one still sitting in my Rubbermaid dive tub. Not sure if still available.

Great video Jim!!
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Old 09-17-2018, 09:59 AM   #8
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Thanks for sharing Jim. Didnt see many eggers. Didnt see many eggers up here in Jupiter when I went out on Friday. It was nice to finally have some warm water to dive.
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Old 09-19-2018, 03:27 AM   #9
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I have only seen one lobster in my whole life, and I didn't even touch it (forbidden where I fish). I cannot imagine having SO MANY right in front of me and being legal to catch! Do you have a minimum size and maximum catch (weight/units)?
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Old 09-19-2018, 08:10 AM   #10
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Minimum size is a 3 inch carapace(section of body between the eyes back to where the tail starts). No maximum size. we can keep 6 per day per diver. For two days of the year (mini season in July) we get to keep 12 per diver each day. Season is closed April through the first week of August with the exception of the two day mini season.
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Re: Learning to Catch Lobsters with a Looper

Another little trick for using the snare is that if they’re backed into a tight hole (like at 11:30) you can close the loop the open it after you’ve pushed it past them.


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Nice video. I haven't had much luck with the snare either, but looks like you were doing well enough with the net!
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