Re: Visiting Santa Barbara in Dec. Any good Lobster Shore Sites?

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Posted by Jim on November 22, 2006 at 09:34:32:

In Reply to: Visiting Santa Barbara in Dec. Any good Lobster Shore Sites? posted by Reef Diver on November 22, 2006 at 07:52:00:

It has been a few years, but growing up in Santa Barbara these are the places that we would go to. Check to see what the current status of these areas are vis-a-vis no take reserves. I don't know. There are other spots, check with the local dive shops.

Have you considered a day trip to the islands from Santa Barbara Harbor?

West End of Del Playa road in Isla Vista. Can be very, very thick kelp and sometimes tar. Great lobster spot.

Campus point kelp beds at UCSB (parking is restricted near the point. Try the metered parking at Marine Biotech building. Don't attempt if the surf is running.

Mesa Lane (thousand steps, mohawk reef). Park in the residential area and take coastal access stairs to the beach. Carrying gear back up the stairs and you understand why 200 some odd steps are called thousand steps.

Arroyo Burro Beach (Hendry's Beach) County Park, easy access, lobsters are spotty.

Las Flores Beach (patch rock reefs access from El Capitan State Park/101).

Eel grass beds between Las Flores Beach and Refugio(watch the tides as some of the pocket beaches disappear at high tide as water comes up to base of cliff.)

Refugio State Park (west of El Cap) easy access, great reefs

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