Get ready for an adventure that will ultimately result in a delicious dinner! From the first Wednesday in October through March 15th, the Bay is filled with lobsters just waiting to be legally caught, and during this time there is no better way to spend the evening than by heading out to lobster fishing tour with local guides.
The California spiny lobster can grow to be up to 25 pounds, and as anyone who has feasted on the creature in Puerto Nuevo knows, it goes down perfectly with some melted butter, tortillas, and rice and beans. When you go out on an adventure to catch your own lobster, you’ll find the meal even more memorable and rewarding. Head out onto a boat around sunset (the best time to catch the creatures), and get ready to dive for dinner. You don’t need any special training or SCUBA gear to catch California spiny lobsters, just a knowledgeable local to provide some guidance, and a bit of a sense of adventure.
Chill Charters offers lobster catching tours for $125 per hour on a boat that holds up to four people. Every diver is allowed to catch seven lobsters per person according to the law, and you get to take home all you catch. The California spiny lobster doesn’t have claws like its popular counterpart in Maine, so there’s no need to worry about getting pinched. The tours depart from Marina Cortez on Harbor Island. There is plenty of free parking around the marina, or you can choose to catch a ride with Lyft or Uber. It’s recommended that you take a four hour tour to maximize your chances of catching lobster, with the best time being from around 5:30PM to 9:30PM. Each person on the boat will need a fishing license and lobster card which cost $25 per person and are available at Angler’s Choice in Point Loma.
Funseekers can purchase a FunGig from Chill Charters that pairs them with an in-the-know local who can show them how to catch the crustaceans while taking them on a lobster fishing adventure they won’t soon forget..