skinneej wrote: »
I've often wondered the same thing. Here is an interesting fact to add to the discussion. In SC and north, you NEVER see undersized lobsters. We aren't required to carry a measuring device there. I've been diving for 7 years now, and every single lobster that I have ever seen there or any of my dive friends has been WAY legal. Average size for us is probably in the 4-6lb range with many catches in the 8+lb range. I probably catch 3-4 each year that are 9-10lbs and we got 1 a few years ago at 14lbs. Most of the legal lobsters down here would be on the smaller end of harvest in Charleston. But... They DO mate up there, and carry eggs. How on Earth could they lay all of those billions of eggs and NEVER see an undersized lobster in Charleston? It seems that logically, these eggs laid in Charleston are not "productive". They either drift off, die off in the winter, or never hatch to begin with. I don't know of any major currents around SC other than the Gulfstream and I've never seen that head South before.
Permit Rat wrote: »
That IS very interesting. I have always dived for lobsters in the Keys and never up where I live now in Stuart. I'm just not a big fan of lobster meat (spoiled by the Maine lobster) and just get a few tails for visiting friends. But even as far south as Stuart, the lobsters are much bigger. I do not know if "shorts" are as prevalent here as in the Keys, but they also are mostly diving at least a little deeper than in the Keys also.
Hell, It was news to me that the "Florida" lobster made it as far north as South Carolina and North Carolina. Do you ever see one or two of the northern lobsters (ones with claws) that far south? I have always wondered how far south they ranged.
skinneej wrote: »
In SC, we do not see any Maine lobsters. The only species that I have ever seen or heard of being taken recrationally is Spiny and Slipper (from the link above it looks most like the "ridged shovelnose").
pinfisher wrote: »
I caught a 16# maine lobster in 500 feet off Morehead City NC on the Captain Stacy