The Manhattan project has a team of scientist working 'round the clock in my garage. Our tools include a drill, two-part epoxy glue, giant heavy bolts, 3M reflective tape, ropes, 2" PVC pipe, big heavy washers, and Hamms or Coors light. Purchase the above and work in this order: Turn on the satalite radio, open a beer, plug in the Hamms lights and neon beer signs, and get to work. Have the wives gaggle upstairs with all the kids running around sounding like they are smashing down the walls, crying, fighting, flying off the trampoline, and somehow dumping the entire crate of Legos all over the kitchen table. Makes no difference, by this time, beer number two is open and you and your buddy dont give a rats azz about Mitt Romneys stand on the pill, the market going up and down 200 points every other day, or that Jessica Simpson is pregnant. (Lucky B@stard!) Rev up that drill with a 1/4" bit and sink it in the bottom of the 5"x11" bouy right at the bottom of the 1/2" PVC pipe that will stand verticle. Drill that hole into the bouy about 4 inches and then slam in the big bolt. This will be your ballast. The weight of the bolt will sink and the PVC pipe will stand up above the water 100% of the time. On top of that PVC pipe, drill a little hole about a inch down so a tiny zip tie can hold in the glow stick. Poke the pulling rope through the center hole of the 5"x11" bouy. Have the tag end go out the flat end and the working end running out of the pointed end. The pointed end points to the trap, and this is the side you pull. Take the tag end and tie a figure 8 and leave 2 feet of tag. Run the tag back through the figure 8 (follow through) and have the washers in the center loop. This will allow the free line to self-tension itself and hang verticaly from the bouy. Two things happen with this system. One, the bouy is right on top of the trap ALL THE TIME. There is no slack line and there is no angle. Two, the washer end hangs down in the water columm and never gets tangled in your prop or anyone elses prop. Unless a retard runs your lighted bouy over, there is no slack floating on the water to tangle anything. Tight and to the point. When you pull the bouy, grab the working end and have someone else tend the washer end. Flake out the rope in the boat at your feet with the bouy at the rail. Then when you check the trap, you can take the bugs out, then drop the trap right back down, flop the bouy back in the water and launch the washers out to sea away from your boat. The bouy will follow the trap and look like a motorized craft following the trap to its resting spot. THE LOBSTER BOMB Invented by paulfishes. I took 2" PVC and drill random holes in the pipe and caps. Smash in all your bait. Zip tie the bomb to the bottom of your trap. Use dikes to cut off the zip ties at the end of the night, put back in the chest freezer, DONE. No more stuffing worthless bait cages that the sea lions can eat, no more repacking bait in the dark while your trying to stay in the boat. No more lost bait. I dont even glue the caps on. They are tight. Ive used the same bait 5 trips in a row now. Frozen, thawed, used, frozen, and so on. Why change anything? This is sea lion proof. Then I numbered all my bouys with reflective tape. I did odds in silver and evens in red. This way I can pull up to the trap and see which number it is and leave it or pull it depending on how long it soaked. I line my bouys up and deploy them in a runway fasion. All in a line. 30 yards apart. After a few laps of pulling, some get out of whack and go squirrly, so numbers rule, as you dont pull one too early. How long? 10 or 15 minutes is plenty of time to soak a trap. Trust me, I know everything. Last outing my buddy pulled a flat trap that had been down for 10 minutes and had 4 legals inside! A personal record in one pull. Bonus tips! Lobster myths debunked. Lobster facts. Lobster do not migrate. Stupid idea. They find a home and rarely go more than 600m in search of food, and then they come back before it gets light. They roam in a large circle usually, in a group, and they go as fast as you walk. Ive picked up lobsters in tipepools in the winter and summer. They are in one foot of water and they are out on the Cortez bank. They dont go back and forth. Bigger lobsters have no predators. Of some 4,000 tagged lobsters, one went missing. Nothing is eating lobsters except humans. Lobster tomally is poisonous. False. Eat it. Its the pancrease and liver kind of. The organ filters out all toxins from the lobster. No part of a lobster is toxic or poisonous. A dead lobster is not poisonous. You can thaw them out. Like every restaraunt in the world does, and you can add tomally, like every chef does for bisque and other fine recipies. Lobsters cant be aged. A marine biologist can guess and presume, but thats as good as it gets. Lobsters tend to get wider and heavier the older they get. Gennerally, a legal 3.25 TCL lobster is 7 to 11 years old and may have molted up to 40 times. Juvinal lobster are transparent and spend the first few months of their lives drifting in the currents. There will always be new lobsters to take the place of captured/removed lobster. Lobster can burry themselves in sand/mud/silt while they have a soft shell, or any time they feel like it. Larger lobsters need no shelter and they tend to be lone wolves and roam as they please at night and follow no order. Lobster fishing sucks during a full moon. Well, if your a lobster it sucked for you the last two nights I went on a full moon. See teh photos in my earlier post. Also got that 7 pounder on a full moon. Go when you can. Lobster fishing is no good during a red tide. Wrong. Lobster fishing is no good in an outgoing tide. Wrong. Lobster fishing is best in a storm and rain. What? Rain? Thay are already wet, and they dont know its raining on the surface. You wanna go hoop in a storm? Go for it. Ill read about the idiots that capsized the boat and two guys died cuz they drownd. Its a friggen bug, a decapod, in the spider family of arachnids. Im not dying over a critter. However, I can swim. But then again, people will still vote for Obama again, so basicly, people are stupid. What about spots? If you cant find 10,000 lobster bouys floating in the kelp from LA to Mexico, and figure it out from there... If you still cant catch them, you suck, and need to book a trip with me. You will trade me something or pay for the entire cost of the trip. This brain of mine is not cheap and my back and boat dont run on "thanks". Raiders suck.