With a half-moon lighting the calm surf, Joseph Ali figured it was the perfect time for a little lobster hunting off the end of the Huntington Beach Pier.
After more than an hour free-diving through the barnacle-covered pilings, the Huntington Beach resident came to the surface hugging a nearly 18-pound monster.
“It’s the biggest lobster I’ve caught in my life,” he said of the spiny beast. For Ali, 27, going out alone in the 53-degree water to hunt among the pilings was all in a night’s work.
After first bagging four regulation-size lobsters Monday evening, Ali said, he noticed what he thought might be part of the pier. But when he took a closer look, he knew it was a king-size lobster. So he kicked back to the surface and prepared for the grab.
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