My parents work hard to live off the land and sea. They nurture a large garden and spend ample time in the water to fish, collect oysters, and catch lobster. The following is a narrative from my father about lobstering:
Massachusetts family lobster permits allow up to ten lobster pots. I have seven and find that plenty. I put them in the water in late April and take them out in October. I use a kayak to access our boat. Most years we get somewhere between 130 and 180 lobsters in the season. We use fish heads and carcasses as bait. The lobsters wander into the trap, proceed up a ramp into the chamber where the bait is, and are unable to find their way back out. I check the pots about every other day, mainly because you can't leave two lobsters in a confined space for very long. One will eat the other. I pull them out of the pots and put rubber bands on their claws. Getting pinched by one of those claws is not a fun experience. The lobsters can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Normally we invite neighbors if we get a mess of them, and if not, we eat the little legs and the chest meat, freezing the tails and claws for when we have guests or family visiting. It's a great way to get exercise in a beautiful place.