In California, during winter months, it is legal to dive down into the Pacific Ocean and harvest a few California spiny lobsters. The Department of Fish and wildlife lobster harvest rules are stringent: you need to grab them with your hands and you need to size them out under water, but the payoff is huge. It's nice to end your night with a few of these crustaceans. Each one of these tails makes for a full meal.
|I recently snagged these legal sized California spiny lobsters near Mission Bay|
|lobsters are just under the surface of the water along the jetty wall|
Diving for lobster around San Diego
|a quick surf before dropping down into the Point Loma kelp beds|
|Dave got these on a night dive near the OB jetty wall|
Then of course, the best part of the lobster experience is eating the tails. We cook them up in my boat right after coming to the surface. I boil the tails, toast the bread and melt the butter. Sometimes, I will cook up some angel hair pasta as well. But, fresh lobster tail and a glass of wine is really all you need.
Cooking California Spiny Lobster
|a quick meal coming together: lobster, toast and butter|