Originally Posted by Dawgluver
Only for scuba divers, or can we snorkelers get 'em too? Is the taste similar to regular lobster, Craig?
Hmm. May have to check out some Gulf waters.
If you happen to see them. They aren't as easy to find as the regular lobster that have antennae that stick out from their hidey holes, nor are they as prevelant. We used to dive a LOT, 2-4 dives per day every Saturday and Sunday and they were a very rare find/treat on the Atlantic side. And we were always hunting when we dove, we carried spear guns and lobster hunting gear (in season of course). I haven't dove much on the Gulf side, only in the Tortugas on a liveaboard a couple of times, and it's been a while since Craig has dove over there unless he's talked to one of his buddies about how prevelant they are now.
Be very proud of yourself if you find one. Craig was a very good hunter when we met and taught me and I became excellent at spotting and pretty good at catching lobster. I usually let him take the shot at fish because I never really learned to judge size (legal limits) and he was a better shot anyway, though I did get a few good ones over the years. We rarely came back with nothing. Even the crew on the liveaboards were impressed with our hunting skills and said something about how we always came back with something, usually a lot of somethings, compared to their other guests. And we still only found shovelnoses on the rare occasions.
As best I can describe it, they have a richer taste than the Caribbean lobster, though still nowhere as rich as a Maine lobster. My favorite way to eat them was chopped up into nuggets and then a quick sautee in butter. Yummy!