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Night diving for lobster in California

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Bill McIntyre

San Clemente, CA
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Jan 27, 2005
This video was taken by the same guy who did the one of diving in the Laguna Beach MPA. I don't know where he was but it wasn't in Laguna since it would be illegal to take lobster there. He get buzzed at least once by a sea lion and another time by a harbor seal. The large fish with black head, white jaw, and red body is a California sheephead. The small fish trying to choke down a bait fish is a cabezon.

In Florida divers may use tickle sticks or shares to catch lobster. In California they must be taken by hand. Its legal to use scuba to spear fish or grab lobster but most people I know freedive.

I wish I could tell you that lobster diving in California was always this good but I'd be lying. This is insane.

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