This is primarily for an answer to this question
Originally Posted by spartacus
In my experience, lay them near rocks and kelp. Lobsters don't like to go walk about on the sandy bottom
Speaking as a west coast 'sometimes' fisherman.... Yes and no ... You must set in a tidal area ,, but due to coastal variation .. it could be on a rock face , or on the bottom, but you may lose the pot if the tidal sweep is too savage
If you set in a bay bounded by rock .. especially on the west coast , this is good .. but one mistake you have made is that they 'do' like sand ,, small patches in amongst tangle are best .. if you can find small holes in between tangle .. drop a pot with some mackerel bait .. and you will have something usually
As scavengers , lobsters will pick off the easiest prey .. but they are hiders and like to remain hidden before exposing themselves
Originally Posted by Boatnomad
. Deepwater rock channels and headlands are best.
This is the gold standard for lobsters ... (on the west anyway) Deep water rock channels
.. if they are scarce .. heres where you will find them , but it must still be tidal although generally never exposed
As a good mariner, you would be expected to know your coast well enough to know these areas
The higher flow of water brings them food ? simple
Originally Posted by willk
I've met two animals like this over the years. I described them to others as "as big as Jack Russells with claws". We are obliged to leave them in peace here, but I would never have had it any other way - image the eggs a mature beast like that produces! It will never fit in a pot - it's free to reproduce itself, a prime example of it's species - a true king of Crustaceans...
...and then some tw@t eats it
I have some sympathy with ye fella .. these are some very old crustaceans ,, and I has a certain affinity for them and their age .....I never lift or keep any lobsters with eggs .. that said in defence of the lads ,, the older monsters probably get past an age of reproduction, much like the rest of us
Originally Posted by Linnhe Lascar
Go on Bigmuz, do tell ... I've been dropping pots in Loch Linnhe for 15 years and caught every shade of crab under the sun, plus langoustines, but never a single lobster!