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(Orange County Register)   Good: You see an 18-pound lobster. Bad: It's too big for you to grab. Good(?): It's big enough to grab you, and dumb enough to hang on while you get back to shore   (ocregister.com) divider line 66
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2013-12-20 03:59:19 PM
That is nice but I wish he would have let it go. At least he is a local and seems like he knows what he is doing.

It isn't usually safe to go swimming around that pier at night. Seriously not safe.
 
2013-12-20 04:22:33 PM
I thought once they get a certain size the taste is all off? So bigger isn't really better when it comes to crustaceans?
 
2013-12-20 04:45:58 PM
get the butter!
 
2013-12-20 04:46:48 PM
TFA: Hughan said there is no "maximum size limit" for lobsters, but noted that studies have shown large, older lobsters to be more fertile than younger lobsters.

Well then here's a thought... why the fark don't you make a maximum size limit? Any creature which is able to reach that size without being eaten then gets a free pass to live out the rest of its life breeding more of its kind. And not just lobsters - fish too.
 
2013-12-20 04:51:21 PM
I had a friend who used to dive for them off of Catalina. I saw pics of one that was at least twice that large that he pulled out of a hole. Dumbass almost drowned himself because he was running out of breath fighting it.
 
2013-12-20 04:55:56 PM

ManateeGag: get the butter!


The butter contains potassium benzoate.
 
2013-12-20 04:56:35 PM
He should have used a magnet
 
2013-12-20 04:57:39 PM
Ali said the lobster kicked backwards, latching onto his mask and face.

Gah!
 
2013-12-20 04:58:30 PM
Seems like I remember lobsters my grandpa used to get in Rhode Island in the 70s were larger and more "complete" (no missing legs and claws). They had the wet suits and everything... we also went digging for clams and would fish for flounder.

I would guess overfishing has put an end to a lot of that.
 
2013-12-20 04:59:33 PM
Lobsters that big taste terrible
 
2013-12-20 05:03:22 PM
...and to be technically correct (the best kind), that's not even a lobster:  looks like it might be a spiny lobster <ROCK LOBSTER!>, which isn't a true lobsterhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_lobster

// I now have that problem where you say a word repeatedly and it looses all meaning / sounds funny in your head ... lobster
 
2013-12-20 05:03:25 PM

OtherLittleGuy: ManateeGag: get the butter!

The butter contains potassium benzoate.


It's okay, the lobster is already dead.

/suspect I might be missing a joke so I made up my own
 
2013-12-20 05:04:15 PM
Don't cry for the lobsters. Warming sea temperatures has led to an explosion of lobster populations off the coast of Maine. There's a glut of lobster, bringing prices to a 20-year low. The main threat to them is that if the water gets warmer, they'll get epidemic diseases that will cause the population to crash. So better eat 'em now.

/Don't care for the taste of lobster; would rather have shrimp
 
2013-12-20 05:05:55 PM
Hey look an impressive animal.................Let me kill it and throw it in my cooler

/I hate my own species
 
2013-12-20 05:06:05 PM
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As anyone who has ever been suckered by those restaurants in Vegas that sell those freakishly huge lobsters knows, their claws may be as big as a catcher's mitt, but their meat is as tough as one as well.
 
2013-12-20 05:06:06 PM

SecretAgentWoman: I thought once they get a certain size the taste is all off? So bigger isn't really better when it comes to crustaceans?


I suspect his freezing the lobster will ruin the taste more than the size.
 
2013-12-20 05:07:59 PM
Interestingly, one of my cats is nearly eighteen pounds and also tends to latch himself onto people's faces when submerged.

Once the stitches come out I'll see what he thinks about butter.
 
2013-12-20 05:11:11 PM
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2013-12-20 05:11:20 PM
As a Louisiana native I would have boiled in seafood boil, like I do crawfish or crabs, as I have done before and they come out delicious.
 
2013-12-20 05:14:13 PM
Because lobsters on your piano are better than crabs on your organ!!!!
 
2013-12-20 05:14:20 PM
That thing will taste like crap. It's too big and the meat will be too tough.
 
2013-12-20 05:14:51 PM
Lobsters have unusual longevity but let's not explore that. There's pictures of dead rocks in space to take!
 
2013-12-20 05:15:12 PM

mbillips: Don't cry for the lobsters. Warming sea temperatures has led to an explosion of lobster populations off the coast of Maine. There's a glut of lobster, bringing prices to a 20-year low. The main threat to them is that if the water gets warmer, they'll get epidemic diseases that will cause the population to crash. So better eat 'em now.

/Don't care for the taste of lobster; would rather have shrimp


Well, ok... but why don't you ask the former loberstermen that used to fish the grounds around CT, RI and Mass how they feel about the warming sea temps and it's affect on the lobster population in their areas....
 
2013-12-20 05:41:33 PM
Yeah, enjoy your oversized sea-insect.
 
2013-12-20 05:46:51 PM

Ivo Shandor: TFA: Hughan said there is no "maximum size limit" for lobsters, but noted that studies have shown large, older lobsters to be more fertile than younger lobsters.

Well then here's a thought... why the fark don't you make a maximum size limit? Any creature which is able to reach that size without being eaten then gets a free pass to live out the rest of its life breeding more of its kind. And not just lobsters - fish too.



That is pretty much how it works.  They also don't appear to die of old age related ailments - injury, misfortune or disease is what it takes.   A friend of mine is a marine biologist and works on researching their sophisticated DNA repair mechanism that makes this possible.  Lots of interesting possibilities.
 
2013-12-20 05:50:26 PM

LesserEvil: Seems like I remember lobsters my grandpa used to get in Rhode Island in the 70s were larger and more "complete" (no missing legs and claws). They had the wet suits and everything... we also went digging for clams and would fish for flounder.

I would guess overfishing has put an end to a lot of that.


You DO understand that spiny lobsters are different than Maine ones, right?
 
2013-12-20 05:50:41 PM
FTA: "Quickly, a battle of who was holding onto whom ensued. Ali said the lobster kicked backwards, latching onto his mask and face.
"There was no way my hand could wrap around his back to grab him, but luckily he latched onto me," Ali said."

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2013-12-20 05:51:26 PM
Always wondered the profitability of a lobster farm.  Takes 3 years for one crop.  I don't know about that kind of turn over.
 
2013-12-20 05:57:36 PM

Lt. Cheese Weasel: Always wondered the profitability of a lobster farm.  Takes 3 years for one crop.  I don't know about that kind of turn over.


Just steal lobsters from a poor sap who farms them.
 
2013-12-20 06:01:00 PM
Has anyone mentioned that mega-lobsters generally taste like shiat?  Considering what a lobster has been dining on all the years he got to be 18 pounds, it's small wonder he tastes like shiat.
 
2013-12-20 06:04:45 PM

Prey4reign: Has anyone mentioned that mega-lobsters generally taste like shiat?  Considering what a lobster has been dining on all the years he got to be 18 pounds, it's small wonder he tastes like shiat.


Not sure where that cross over is,  Once had a 5lb Jamaican Rock tail that was sweet as honey. Damn thing didn't fit on the plate.  Many shubs and zuuls knew what it was to be roasted in the fires of garlic butter that year I can tell you.
 
2013-12-20 06:12:51 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: Lobsters have unusual longevity but let's not explore that. There's pictures of dead rocks in space to take!


It's a good thing scientific studies are a zero-sum game where studying one thing means something else doesn't get studied, otherwise this comment would just be ridiculous.
 
2013-12-20 06:13:12 PM
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2013-12-20 06:14:29 PM

Prey4reign: Has anyone mentioned that mega-lobsters generally taste like shiat?  Considering what a lobster has been dining on all the years he got to be 18 pounds, it's small wonder he tastes like shiat.


Yeah, that's totally not true. Crustaceans in general don't lose their succulence as they age. In fact, they don't even age. Lobsters die from predation and disease, but not from age.
 
2013-12-20 06:15:56 PM
Hunting (or fishing) for food is immoral.

It is cruel to the animals.

PETA Rules!   (Peta Wilson, La femme' Nikita)

He should shop the frozen food aisle like the rest of us.

It is more humane.

(and move those "Deer Crossing" signs someplace where the deer won't get hit by cars!)

//Okay, okay... but someone had to throw those in here!
/// I prefer Dungeness Crab for West Coast seafood. Taste like butter even before the butter!
//// Had Lobster in Peggy's Cove, was, excellent - but still prefer the Dungeness.
 
2013-12-20 06:17:26 PM
Joseph Ali  is a dumb ass for 3 reasons! I hope your reading this Joseph Ali, you farking nitwit!

#1 Lobster that big are the breeders. They keep the population going and the "good" genetics in pool. Your prerogative to take them or not, but your a DUMB ASS NITWIT piece o shiat because of #2, and #3. Why kill something when you know it wont taste that good...unless your specifically looking for a trophy, which would plausibly make this reason invalid, although still really selfish.

#2 To kill that big of a breeder then toss him in the freezer is farkING SACRILEGE! He should be cock slapped for that one offense alone. Freezing lobster makes them taste terrible. You eat it the same farking day you catch it or dont take it at all you fark!

#3 Bugs that big (and specifically rock lobster from the Pacific) do not taste that good. It is the smaller one 2-4 lbs that taste the best. Too old by that point. Just like sailors on leave, you want the young sweet meat.

Long story short, thanks for being the biggest dumb ass in the most possible ways. It is obvious that even after a decade you still cant get your hobby right, give up, go home, and stay out of the ocean till you can learn to not only respect the older creatures, but treat your catches properly. People like you make me want to cringe, too much firepower and not enough brains...

/Took my share of lobsters from Catalina for years

// Never saw that damn oarfish
 
2013-12-20 06:20:04 PM

ItchyBrother: Hunting (or fishing) for food is immoral.

It is cruel to the animals.

PETA Rules!   (Peta Wilson, La femme' Nikita)

He should shop the frozen food aisle like the rest of us.

It is more humane.

(and move those "Deer Crossing" signs someplace where the deer won't get hit by cars!)

//Okay, okay... but someone had to throw those in here!
/// I prefer Dungeness Crab for West Coast seafood. Taste like butter even before the butter!
//// Had Lobster in Peggy's Cove, was, excellent - but still prefer the Dungeness.


Dude, try seasoned rice wine vinegar, it cuts the brine but leaves the meat it's original taste... trust me you will be a convert and shame the butter in future crab feasts....
 
2013-12-20 06:20:58 PM
The big = different/bad taste or texture thing depends on the waters and the variety of lobster.  You can get some that big and bigger off of Baja California that are every bit as good as standard size.  Guy once explained to me that its the water temperature, salinity that really come into play.
 
2013-12-20 06:22:20 PM

a particular individual: Prey4reign: Has anyone mentioned that mega-lobsters generally taste like shiat?  Considering what a lobster has been dining on all the years he got to be 18 pounds, it's small wonder he tastes like shiat.

Yeah, that's totally not true. Crustaceans in general don't lose their succulence as they age. In fact, they don't even age. Lobsters die from predation and disease, but not from age.


Two decades of catching and eating my own Pacific rock lobster would beg to differ. While true they do not die of old age, after they achieve their breeding size (usually over 4-5lbs) they are NOT as sweet and tender as the younger lobsters. If you dont think this you havent caught and eaten enough of your own lobsters.
 
2013-12-20 06:23:13 PM

LesserEvil: Seems like I remember lobsters my grandpa used to get in Rhode Island in the 70s were larger and more "complete" (no missing legs and claws). They had the wet suits and everything...


Those weren't lobsters; you grew up eating SCUBA divers.
 
2013-12-20 06:24:43 PM
Does that type not have the huge claws or something?  I recall the smaller ones being able to easily snap a finger in two.
 
2013-12-20 06:25:47 PM

BigJ7489: The big = different/bad taste or texture thing depends on the waters and the variety of lobster.  You can get some that big and bigger off of Baja California that are every bit as good as standard size.  Guy once explained to me that its the water temperature, salinity that really come into play.


Agree that the salinity and temperature greatly affect the taste. But an older lobster will have tougher meat, no questions about it, at least with the Pacific lobsters that I catch on Catalina.

/backside of Catalina at night is a scary place... our boat got bumped by a great white one time while we were out there fishing for white sea bass... glad that wasnt a lobster night....
 
2013-12-20 06:28:03 PM

Mcaffolder: Joseph Ali  is a dumb ass for 3 reasons! I hope your reading this Joseph Ali, you farking nitwit!

#1 Lobster that big are the breeders. They keep the population going and the "good" genetics in pool. Your prerogative to take them or not, but your a DUMB ASS NITWIT piece o shiat because of #2, and #3. Why kill something when you know it wont taste that good...unless your specifically looking for a trophy, which would plausibly make this reason invalid, although still really selfish.

#2 To kill that big of a breeder then toss him in the freezer is farkING SACRILEGE! He should be cock slapped for that one offense alone. Freezing lobster makes them taste terrible. You eat it the same farking day you catch it or dont take it at all you fark!

#3 Bugs that big (and specifically rock lobster from the Pacific) do not taste that good. It is the smaller one 2-4 lbs that taste the best. Too old by that point. Just like sailors on leave, you want the young sweet meat.

Long story short, thanks for being the biggest dumb ass in the most possible ways. It is obvious that even after a decade you still cant get your hobby right, give up, go home, and stay out of the ocean till you can learn to not only respect the older creatures, but treat your catches properly. People like you make me want to cringe, too much firepower and not enough brains...

/Took my share of lobsters from Catalina for years

// Never saw that damn oarfish


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2013-12-20 06:35:41 PM
I'm calling BS!! That's not an 18lb lobster... I once rented a beach house for a week and on the 4th of July a bunch of us kicked in and bought around 30 lobsters and while we were paying for them I saw this giant lobster in one of the tanks and I asked how much it weighed and the guy told me it was a 10lb lobster. I asked him how much for it and he said he'd sell it to me for 60 dollars and I was like sold! The thing looked prehistoric lol I wanted to see the looks on everyone's faces when we came back I pulled that lobster out! haha anyway it was 10lbs and stretched out it was bigger then a cooler! This dude is claiming that's 18lbs??? NO WAY IS THAT 18lbs! I'm telling you, the 10lb I bought puts that one he's holding to shame! The 10lb lobster I bought wouldn't fit into a pot, we had to break the legs and tail off and we cooked them on a charcoal webber grille! It came out real good believe it or not. Oh one more thing, the shell was really thick, we had to wrap the claws in a towel and hit it with a hammer to crack the shell..
 
2013-12-20 06:36:06 PM
30 years of surviving and growth used up in one evenings meal seems oddly wasteful.
 
2013-12-20 06:37:41 PM

OtherLittleGuy: ManateeGag: get the butter!

The butter contains potassium benzoate.


And I'm guessing a 30-year-old lobster contains a shiat ton of mercury.
 
2013-12-20 06:39:36 PM
Dad-a-chum?
Dum-a-chum?
Ded-a-chek?
Did-a-chick?
 
2013-12-20 06:40:08 PM

TheDirtyNacho: Ivo Shandor: TFA: Hughan said there is no "maximum size limit" for lobsters, but noted that studies have shown large, older lobsters to be more fertile than younger lobsters.

Well then here's a thought... why the fark don't you make a maximum size limit? Any creature which is able to reach that size without being eaten then gets a free pass to live out the rest of its life breeding more of its kind. And not just lobsters - fish too.


That is pretty much how it works.  They also don't appear to die of old age related ailments - injury, misfortune or disease is what it takes.   A friend of mine is a marine biologist and works on researching their sophisticated DNA repair mechanism that makes this possible.  Lots of interesting possibilities.


Tell your friend to immediately cease such unnatural research. It offends Farkers and only the rich will benefit in any case.

Instead, tell him to focus all his energy on getting the species into space. That's natural and for sure Elon Musk will need slaves servants brave space warriors to go with him, so that means he might pick YOU!

See, that's not selfish at all.
 
2013-12-20 06:44:04 PM
The main reason Pacific or Spiny lobsters are superior to Atlantic lobsters is that the meat doesn't degrade with the size of the animal. No matter how large they are they're always like buttah.  The main reason they're inferior to Atlantic lobsters is no claw meat. Better than both though is abalone but the DNR changed the rules in the 90s and you can't use tanks in southern California to hunt abalone and put a bunch of other restrictions on them and it became not worth it to even go after them.  There's nothing as good as an abalone schnitzel and I mean veal doesn't even hold a candle to it.

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2013-12-20 06:47:51 PM
I always thought the cooler the water, the better the seafood. Maine Lobster is the best lobster in the world from what I understand..
 
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