When Janice and I started talking about buying a boat and sailing throughout the Caribbean / Bahamas, all I could think about was the tasty fresh seafood that we would be conjuring up. Fish tacos, lobster, mahi mahi, sushi, boom!!! Who would need money for fancy dinners when I would hunt for food and grill it on the BBQ every night!! Right??? – WRONG!!!
Well, we just found out how hard it really is. While in Little Farmers Cay, one of our favorite boat buddies – Michael from Pura Vida — talked to the locals about taking a couple of us out to teach us how to catch lobsters. Even though I have a couple of lobster snares and spears on board, we have no clue how to use them or how difficult catching these guys would be. So we thought we would give it a try.
The next morning, we had two locals show up at the boat with their skiff and took Michael, Ian from Lost Puppy, and myself. Loaded up the dive gear and away we went….
After approximately 10 mins in the dinghy, we jumped out and started looking everywhere. We could not find anything, however, the local Bahamian scored his first lobster in approximately 5 mins and threw it on the skiff. After a couple of hours the Bahamians scored 5 or 6 lobsters for us and the white guys scored 0 until…. the last stop.
After searching for approximately 15 mins, Ian found a lobster under a coral head and stunned the lobster but could not spear him, so I tried to come to his rescue. After 7, 8, 10, 15 (actually who knows) strikes with our spears, Ian finally got him and threw him into the boat.
Unfortunately, back at the surface, the Bahamians were totally laughing at us and making fun us about our sorry attempt to spear the lobster. In short, it is much harder to catch lobster than you think and you really need to be able to dive in waters reaching 20 feet while having the ability to hold your breathe for 1 – 2 mins., WHILE, focusing your one or two shots on a lobster darting across the rocks. Sound easy? WELL, IT IS NOT…
One thing that we learned is the Bahamians are absolutely friendly and love to teach about their culture. We invited them back the boat and had lots of rum before parting ways for the day.
Later that night, we invited everyone over to Livin’ Life and cooked the lobsters up and had a wonderful time with our new and old friends from Pura Vida and Lost Puppy!