Hooping for Lobsters

Bobby Martinez was hooping for lobsters on Jan. 13 when he caught this large bug off the coast of Long Beach. Martinez, who was aboard a 24 Boston Whaler Dauntless, describes the scene:

“I was hooping inside Long Beach Harbor. I got a tip from a friend that the water finally cooled off, 60 degrees to be exact, and the lobsters were in the shallows again. My friend Chris and I gave it a shot by the oil islands and we managed limits by 11 p.m., with the biggest at 6 pounds. We focused on putting our hoops on eelgrass and hard bottom in 20 feet of water. We used sardines sprayed in Gooch juice [with] a Gooch pad in the bait cage.”

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