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Old 11-21-2008, 04:05 PM
 
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Default 15 lb. Lobster - Big by Maine standards???

Just heard that someone "hoop netted," (whatever that means) a fifteen pound "monster lobster" off Dana Point here in California. Is that BIG by Maine standards? Just curious.
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Old 11-21-2008, 04:07 PM
 
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Just heard that someone "hoop netted," (whatever that means) a fifteen pound "monster lobster" off Dana Point here in California. Is that BIG by Maine standards? Just curious.
Yes, this is a 12 pounder taken off Criehaven Island.

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Old 11-21-2008, 04:08 PM
 
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Yes, this is a 12 pounder taken off Criehaven Island.
WOW! Cool photo! Thanks for posting!
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Old 11-21-2008, 05:08 PM
 
Location: 3.5 sq mile island ant nest next to Canada
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Great picture but I bet it was tough as shoe leather. I read once of a couple who bought a 15 or so pounder in a Philly resteraunt then paid to ship it to Maine to set it free. Just like Willy. Would have been tough anyway.
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Old 11-21-2008, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Downeast, Maine
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Great picture but I bet it was tough as shoe leather. I read once of a couple who bought a 15 or so pounder in a Philly resteraunt then paid to ship it to Maine to set it free. Just like Willy. Would have been tough anyway.
In Maine it is illegal to keep an oversized lobster, so we'll never know how they taste....
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Old 11-21-2008, 06:48 PM
 
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I run a lobster shipping company and most of our lobsters are from 1-4 pounds. We get large lobster between 5-15 upon requests from customers. The largest I have ever seen was 16-17 pounds. So 15 would definitely be on the larger end as far as Maine lobsters go.

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Old 11-21-2008, 07:27 PM
 
Location: 43.55N 69.58W
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Great picture but I bet it was tough as shoe leather. I read once of a couple who bought a 15 or so pounder in a Philly resteraunt then paid to ship it to Maine to set it free. Just like Willy. Would have been tough anyway.
DISGUSTING! That's just nasty. Nobody from Maine would eat anything over 2.15 lbs. That's pushing it, depending upon the season. Send it out to Cali! If they're willing to pay those prices, God love em'.
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Old 11-22-2008, 01:03 AM
 
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In Maine it is illegal to keep an oversized lobster, so we'll never know how they taste....
Yeah we never even weighed this one...it is only a guess. Right after the picture was taken it was thrown back in.
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Old 11-22-2008, 05:55 AM
 
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I run a lobster shipping company and most of our lobsters are from 1-4 pounds. We get large lobster between 5-15 upon requests from customers. The largest I have ever seen was 16-17 pounds. So 15 would definitely be on the larger end as far as Maine lobsters go.
Some years ago (10? 15?) the owner of Hook Lobster in Boston showed me a 22 pounder that they had.
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Old 11-22-2008, 12:06 PM
 
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Some years ago (10? 15?) the owner of Hook Lobster in Boston showed me a 22 pounder that they had.
i thought i read somewhere the largest living (caught) lobster ...is 22lbs,,in the boston area, the largest lobster on record is 44 lbs,,,estimated to have been over 150 yrs old,,

maine has a size limit,,,mostly due to keeping the females, breeding ,,,,if a female lobster is caught with eggs (under the tail) the lobsterman puts a v-notch in the lobsters tail...then throws it overboard,,this lobsters can never be "caught" once it has a v in its tail...thats why most large lobsters are females,,,,
thier is a legal size limit in maine,,,its around 4 lbs,,(its measured by the eye socket, to the back of the carapace, for minumum, and maximum legal length)
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