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The California spiny lobster is a species of lobster found in the eastern Pacific Ocean from Monterey Bay, California to the Gulf of Tehuantepec, Mexico. Among the more than 40 species of spiny lobsters known worldwide, the California spiny lobster is one of the largest. Males can reach three feet long and weigh up to 26 pounds. Unlike the East Coast lobsters, the California spiny lobster lacks large front claws.
Catching Spiny Lobster
Spiny lobsters can be found near the shoreline or out in deeper water, you can use snorkel or scuba gear to find them. The Spiny Lobster can be caught with simple equipment found at almost any tackle store along the coast. Basic equipment includes:
Where to Catch Spiny Lobster
California spiny lobster season runs from the Saturday preceding the first Wednesday in October, to the first Wednesday after the 15th of March. Adult spiny lobsters make their homes in crevices and caverns of coral reefs, sponge flats, old barrels, and almost any structure where something could hide. Lobsters stay in their dens during daylight hours to avoid predators, and come out a couple of hours after dark to look for food. If you are hunting during the day, they'll be hiding in these places, so look around. You usually won't be able to see the whole lobster, but will usually see a pair of antennae poking out. Most likely, if you spot one pair on antennae, you'll see more!
Fish Markets & Restaurants
El Pescador Fish Market | La Jolla
Open daily 10:00am to 8:00pm
Their fish market offers a vast array of seafood depending on the season: Snapper, Local Sword, Hawaiian Ahi Tuna, Local Sea Bass, Scottish Salmon, Wild Alaskan Salmon, Local Red Rock Cod, Oysters, Bluefin Tuna, and more.
Point Loma Seafoods | Point Loma
Open Monday to Saturday 9am to 6:30pm and Sunday 11am to 6:30pm
During the months from October thru March, their locally caught California Spiny Lobster is available. They have no claws, however the tail meat is firm, sweet, delicate and mild. These crustations are sought after from all around the world.
Sportsmen's Seafoods | Mission Bay
Open Monday to Friday 11am to 8pm and Saturday to Sunday 11am to 8:30pm
Their family guarded marinade recipies and smoking technique are the secret ingredients you can't find anywhere else. Most offerings on their menu are homemade family recipes and they only use the finest ingredients including cholesterol free oil.
The Fish Market | Downtown
Open daily 11am to 10pm
This waterfront landmark in downtown San Diego is recognized as the premier destination for seafood and San Diego bay views.
The Fishery | Pacific Beach
Open daily 11am to 10pm, Market open 10am to 8pm
he Fishery showcases a premier seafood market at the center of the restaurant and an open kitchen off to one side. Under Chef Paul Arias the menu is market driven and changes with the seasons.