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08-15-2011, 12:34 PM
So we went out on the Liquid Living Saturday with a mind for combo fish and dive trip. Had a couple non-divers and a few divers to make it all fun! Got a start at the crack of 9 and headed west. First order was to try and get some fish in the box. We were targeting the red grouper and got a few. I got this one<a href="http://s187.photobucket.com/albums/x200/cumberlandlaw/?action=view&amp;current=292789_2320221762962_11720877 71_32857066_6003300_s1.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x200/cumberlandlaw/292789_2320221762962_1172087771_32857066_6003300_s 1.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></ahttp://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x200/cumberlandlaw/295101_2320226563082_1172087771_32857079_2279815_s 1.jpg

which started the day off right.:grin

Our fearless Captian brave Dave was hammering the vernillions and even got a few keeper triggers. On of which was a solid 5 lb fish. Sorry no pics.

We then switched gears as it was hot and all wanted to get wet. Jim and Greg got off to a good start with a few scamp on the stainless steel lure, and about 5 shovels. Jim got the big shovel of the day, which was a tournament shovel. (2 lbs probably)

It was then my turn, and on this trip my lovely wife made the journey for her maiden dive in deeper water. She has been going to the keys with me for several years now and she is good at getting spineys, but is usually in less than 30 feet. She had been saying how much she wanted to try and go diving here in PC but that she was nervous about the depth. I told her, "dont worry" we will take it slow.

Got her on it and she was a natural! First drop was 96 feet on the bottom and the vis sucked until you were down 60 feet. At that depth you could make out the bottom and start to see the reef. At 20 feet off the bottom I did a quick survey and saw some promising crevasses. Court tapped me on the shoulder and pointed to a red grouper darting into a nice hole. We swam to it and sure enough he had led us right to the lobs. I pointed my light in the hole and a nice shovel was looking back at us. After showing Courtney what it looked like, I grabbed it and stuck it in my bag. While I was getting it in my bag, I look back to see her stick her arm in the hole and pull out her 1st shovelnose (slipper) lobster! I was great to see and I am very proud! I ended up with 2 and her 1<a href="http://s187.photobucket.com/albums/x200/cumberlandlaw/?action=view&amp;current=295132_2320225523056_11720877 71_32857077_3694055_s1.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x200/cumberlandlaw/295132_2320225523056_1172087771_32857077_3694055_s 1.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x200/cumberlandlaw/295132_2320225523056_1172087771_32857077_3694055_s 1.jpg
So each diver had one dive in now and it was time to get to work. Jim and Greg did the next dive and JIm had several nice lobbys but Greg came up with a bag of 14! We are now in the money!
As there was another tank for me and Court I get geared up for another dive. I ask her if she wants to dive and in true fashion, she replies, "I have achieved all of my goals for the day. I now want to drink a beer!). Ok, I will dive by myself. Had a great dive and got 7 more bugs. During the dive, there were scamp following me around, but I did not want to take the time to shoot bag and reload when I was on the lobsters. <a href="http://s187.photobucket.com/albums/x200/cumberlandlaw/?action=view&amp;current=295101_2320226563082_11720877 71_32857079_2279815_s1.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x200/cumberlandlaw/295101_2320226563082_1172087771_32857079_2279815_s 1.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>We ended up with 30 tails for the boat, 3 red Groupers, 2-3 triggers and a millions vernillions.

Great day on the water and my wife is now hooked on diving the northern gulf of Mexico for the elusive shovelnose lobster! I couldn't be more proud or stoked!

08-15-2011, 12:37 PM
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sorry had trouble with the pics and order

08-15-2011, 12:38 PM
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08-15-2011, 02:36 PM
Great report. My wife and I got our SCUBA cert this weekend so we are trying to learn about spearfishing and picking up lobsters. We've been fishing for several years on our 26' boat, now we're trying to learn what to do under the water. Looking forward to it!

08-15-2011, 02:48 PM
That is great! You guys will have great fun! My suggestion is to not try to spearfish if you want lobster. It was not until I stopped looking at fish that I started seeing the lobster. The shovels are much more difficult to find than spineys as they dont have the big antennas sticking out. You also need a light to see them as they are camo. They light picks up the purple eyes and the red and white legs. Without it, you will not see most of them. Once you do some generic dives and get comfortable, then try the hunting. For so long I was only into hook and line. I am still an avid lover of hook and line fishing, but diving is gaining and could soon overtake my love of hook and line fishing.

08-16-2011, 09:07 AM
CRC - Sent you a text last night... I had no idea that you weren't using a light or sticking your hand blindly into holes. I predict you start having substantially increased success on the shovelnose.

I have two consecutive weekends of alligator hunting beginning this Friday. After that I'm going to be ready to get back after the fish.

08-16-2011, 09:11 AM
Oh hell break out the crossbow! And I have been using a light, but I do not stick my hand in holes without looking first to see if there is someone home who would want to take a bite (toady or eel) Good luck Gator hunting!

08-16-2011, 08:18 PM
I too enjoy seeing "promising crevasses". Above and below. Awesome post. I have been never worth a damn at spotting shovel nose unless they are in the sand. Therefore I don't see too many shovel nose.

08-17-2011, 09:12 AM
we will get you on them bl... it is as addicting as the spineys in the keys