Where, when and how to catch it?
For amateur anglers, it’s caught during the high equinox tides. You need to be clever to flush it out and patient to dislodge it from its hiding place, which it leaves only at night to feed. You have to look for holes and rocky masses that are often difficult to access. If you listen carefully, you can hear the clicking of its claws. You need a gaff or a hook to catch it.
The legal catch size is 8.7 cm (from the back of the eye to the base of the cephalothorax), which corresponds to a lobster weighing around 450 / 500 gr. The maximum quantity allowed is 4 individuals per day. At our destination, it is fished on the Chausey archipelago.
It is caught in traps by our professional fishermen. The daily routine of a lobster fisherman is to raise his longlines made up of traps. A line is a long rope or “bout” (pronounced “boute”) on which traps are attached and spaced about 12 meters apart. When the fisherman raises the trap, it’s a surprise every time.
The fisherman checks the correct size of lobster with a pigeon. Malo Esnouf is the youngest lobster fisherman in the Chausey archipelago. We had the privilege of following him.