For the Love of Lobster on Little Corn Island

Greetings,

Recently found my new temporary calling in life, becoming a lobster dealer on Little Corn Island. The day after lobster madness, these gents were walking around with a large bag of lobster. After purchasing a piker sized lot, went back and bargained for the entire bag. Wasn’t going to until the gent who runs my guesthouse said “Do it and become a lobster dealer”. It’s 2012 and we’re breaking tourism down even further. I’m staying on Little Corn for the lobster lifestyle aka a lobster tourist of sorts. Devoured  lobster for all meals yesterday and the day before, a pound a day keeps the Doctor away is what “they” say.

Lobster sells for about C$120-140 a pound and now have 4.5 pounds that I obtained well below street value. Yesterday some people were looking for lobster but I remained silent. When you’re burning through lobster at a rate of a pound a day, one must seek out new sources of supply before selling part of a mere few days ration. Being on an island makes you realize the importance of “now is the time”. When lobster or anything is around, you have to get yours. We were flooded with tomatoes for a few days and now they have once again become scarce.

Personal favorite way to prepare the lobster is cut the tail down the middle and crack it open. Once you do this it exposes most of the meat and once done, comes out easily. Throw some butter, garlic, onion, whatever else and get to town on it. Lobster goes great with everything and anything, especially lobster. People travel the planet for whatever, believe 2012 is going to be a year where things become even more specific. Watch your fingers cutting these tails, things can get out of hand in a hurry. My left index finger looks as though I’m a closet emo having a really bad new years…

Many come here for diving, met a lady discussing her encounters with a hammer head shark as passionately as I describe my love of lobster and the lifestyle attached to it. The lifestyle involves walking around oblivious to the world and thankful there are no motorized vehicles on the entire island. Buying fresh lobster whenever the opportunity presents itself. Living by the “too much lobster is better than not enough lobster” mantra is a key part of the philosophy.

Besides the lobster, the air quality here is top notch and with some fishing line, hook and sardines will get some action or at least interesting conversation off the wharf.  Supposedly at night you can catch barracuda, have never caught one before. Just went now and there were these long needle like fluorescent green looking creatures eying the bait. Two large loads of sardines hooked through the eye sockets have gone missing, a potential monster awaits.

Shakes lobster tail,

13 Comments

  1. SJH

    January 14, 2012 at 6:43 am

    Rob, just found your site and am loving it. We just returned from Little Corn Island (I was at the New Year’s party at Tranquilo’s – something I’ll never forget!) and your posts are already making me want to return. Drop $75 for a day of trolling with Captain Elvis ($50 if you can find another person to share the trip) – I caught 2 barracuda and a 30# kingfish. Also, check out Captain Alfonso (you posted a picture of his “billboard”) for a different style of fishing – bottom fishing, with a handline, for yellow-tail snapper and others. Keep up the great life!

    • Rob

      January 14, 2012 at 11:17 am

      That’s cool you were there for New Years, great place to pass it. Does Captain Elvis supply rod and reel? A few I’ve seen have been just the hand method which is fun in its own right but not the same.

      I’m waging war against the barracuda off the pier tonight.

      • SJH

        January 15, 2012 at 6:09 am

        Yes, Capt. Elvis supplies the rod, reel, bait. His wife runs Bridgette’s restaurant right in the village. She prepared my kingfish – and it was delicious.

        I agree, the handlining was fun and unique. You catch more fish, but they’re smaller. We did, however, use some of the smaller yellowtail as bait and I landed a 20# barracuda with Capt. Alfonso. Trolling gets you bigger fish….and my friend also got seasick on the bottom fishing trip as you’re anchored and constantly going up and down while looking into the water. The trolling didn’t result in any upset stomachs as you’re always moving and you’re looking out toward the horizon. Just another factor to consider.

        Continued good luck. You’ve got a new follower here.

        • Rob

          January 15, 2012 at 11:36 pm

          SJH,

          Thank you for your sage like and timely information. Shall put it to good use I hope. At some point have to go out fishing, it’s only a matter of time and one of my 2012 goals is to do more fishing / golfing on this trip.

          Tips hat,

  2. KiDQUiCK

    January 14, 2012 at 10:48 am

    I think you should officially change your name to Robster

    • Rob

      January 14, 2012 at 11:19 am

      That’s a brilliant idea but need to get deeper into the lobster game before such a change could be considered.

  3. charlie

    January 14, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Wouldn’t be surprised if all of your 2012 is spent chasing lobster highs, maybe well into 2013. Then, late one morning, you return to Le casa and find family, friends, and probably that guy from pausethemoment or Larissa seated in a semi circle. Maybe a TV crew. Lobster intervention.

    • Rob

      January 14, 2012 at 11:36 am

      A new bull market in lobster tails lasting well into 2017. Turns out you can extend your visa for Nicaragua on Big Corn Island. Believe it’s C$500 for 30 days and up to 90 before having to do a visa run.

      Lobster is one step before vegetable in terms of brain activity.

      Once a line has been crossed, terms like “…has lobster for brains” become applicable.

    • Larissa

      January 17, 2012 at 1:25 am

      It’s funny Charlie mentioned this because it’s true, I felt sort of concerned after reading this post that all the lobster you have been dealing with may somehow be affecting your sanity. I think you will be ok though. Bubba from Forrest Gump had his shrimp, and now Rob from Little Corn has his lobster.

  4. Cathy

    January 14, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    What a beautiful picture of paradise. There’s noting better than looking out past beautiful palm trees onto a beautiful blue sea. Wish I was there with you. Only, I would set the lobsters free back into their beautiful under the sea world. I’ve done a lot of scuba diving in the Caribbean and South Pacific waters. The lobsters look so happy when they are in their natural environment. But of course I have to admit they’re tasty too. 🙂

    • Rob

      January 15, 2012 at 11:27 pm

      I’ve never seen a sad lobster on my plate, they look beautiful in the sea and delicious on the plate.

  5. James Shannon

    January 14, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    You talk about lobster like it’s Mana raining down from Heaven … here it’s an expensive delicacy, where you are, they inhale it like a slice of street pizza (or so it seems) … funny what you can find when you poke around the little nook and crannies around the world!

    • Rob

      January 15, 2012 at 11:29 pm

      That’s part of the reason I’m going “overboard” or “shablesque” as some would say. One must make the best use of whatever they have. I’m in lobstermania, egregious consumption is most called for.

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