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Lobster Season is OPEN

Posted by on March 13, 2012

So we’re hanging with some cruisers the other day when someone casually remarks, “It’s almost the end of lobster season….”  Sabrina and I shared a look of horror.  We’ve only caught one lobster so far in the Bahamas!

We can’t return to the States defeated by a crustacean!

The upcoming end of lobster season coincides with a few things to note:

  • Our frozen meat provisions are getting low, and we are in need fish/lobster/conch
  • We’ve spent way too much time on Long Island and we need a hobby to keep us busy
  • We’re in close proximity to the Jumentos and the great spear-fishing and lobstering they provide
  • We have to hang around Long Island until we can extend our visas at the immigration office at the end of the month.

At breakfast the next morning, Sabrina and I casually decide that the BEST way to spend the next two weeks in the Long Island area (and not go completely stir crazy) would be  to  catch every lobster we can possibly find, hence “Lobster Safari” was born.  We’re going on a two week binge to exterminate every bug (lobster) we can find!  In accordance with all governing laws, catch limits, size limits, and fishing regulations.  Naturally.

Day 1, Sunday, we had a rough time snorkeling on the Atlantic side of Long Island: Lobsters = 0

Day 2, Monday – it rained, we read and slept: Lobsters = 0

Day 3, Today – we moved up to Calabash Bay on the north end of Long Island. Calabash Bay has been on our list for awhile, there’s a beautiful beach, a wifi signal, Cape Santa Maria resort, and a few coral reefs to snorkel, and snorkel we did.  The only problem with Calabash is the ocean swell tends to wrap around the point and cause the boat to roll.  We can deal with it for the reasons listed above, and fresh lobster goes a long way to cancel out the swell!  Lobsters = 2 (and I should have had a 3rd!)

The big guy is huge, and makes the other guy seem tiny, but don’t worry, he’s over the legal size of a 5-1/2 inch tail.  Tonight these two will be served with some angel hair pasta and a nice pesto sauce.  (Earlier today Sabrina informed me that we’d be having curried lentils and rice for dinner unless we caught something, that might have increased my vigorous search for dinner.)

4 Responses to Lobster Season is OPEN

  1. Candy

    Do they not have the same kind of pincer claws as they do in the States? You know–the ones that always have the rubber bands around them when they are swimming in a tank? Beautiful sight!

    • Brad

      No claws, these are Caribbean or Spiny Lobsters, not the Maine Lobsters with claws. The tails still taste delicious, just like Maine lobster, but maybe a little tougher and a little saltier.

  2. Kraft

    Brad, we just checked out your picture holding the lobster and are wondering…”WHY DO YOU HAVE A WATCH ON??!!” I didn’t think time mattered that much down there.

    • Brad

      Kraft, the watch has a useful purpose, we use it when scuba diving to keep track of our nitrogen intake. Also, it’s helpful for figuring out when happy hour is supposed to start.

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