If you know anything about serious bug hunters, they're nuts about
hunting and notice I said bugs not lobsters, cuz that's what
we tend to call them. It is a wild sport and about the most challenging
sport you can do in the water. A good bug hunter must be tough, quick and
smart. If you are careless, you get to take home
urchin spines in your hand as a souvenir. Unless you are pretty good,
that's likely to be all you get to bring home.
I've been lucky enough to know a lot of bug hunters, but it isn't all luck. I have gone to the same places for the same reason. There are only a handful of divers that I have known that I consider master lobster divers. They have not only the required knowledge, water skills and stamina to be good hunters, but also the devotion and perseverience it takes to be great hunters. These are the guys that year after year go out during the whole season, under all conditions, to do what they love doing best.
Of all the hunters though, I think Shel is the best of them and I don't think I'll get a lot of disagreement. There is nothing he likes to do better. He is a hunter and he is going to go hunt.
Then, when Shel gets a big one, he lets it go because they are the best breeders. If he doesn't get the biggest one that day, he'll try to trade some of his lobsters for the big one so that he can let it go. He has also has convinced some of the other good hunters to release their big lobsters. They do it because he shows such excellent style.
If I sound like a fan of his, it's because I am, but then I love bug hunting and I respect the guy that can show us all how to do it.
In any case, in a few places I've written a bit about what I know of
his adventures, as they must be called. Occasionally, when he has a
good trip, he sends a note to his friends to give them something to
think about. I put together a few of his notes here and I think they
make fun reading. I think that first, I'll put a paragraph that he
told me while we were on a trip to San Nicolas. This is part of a longer
essay, but I think it tells something about what it takes to be as
devoted a hunter as Shel... Besides, he's no where near as wordy as
For Another Excellent Short Story Of What A
Determined Hunter Will Do To Get His Game
This Is What They Told Me
For The Full Story Of The Trip
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