Just as surely as the calendar pages flipping over in one of those old movies (and a lot more quickly, it seems), spiny lobster season has returned to the Southland. And, of course, that meant the first of what I hope will be several trips to Pearson’s Port in Newport Beach.
The commercial season for our native lobster began Wednesday (recreational fishermen had a head start of several days) and the holding tanks at Pearson’s Port were already packed with feisty specimens.
Pearson’s, for those who haven’t been yet, is a little seafood shack located at the end of a short gangway just under the PCH bridge in Newport’s Back Bay. It’s the home of one of the few remaining local spots where you can find fishermen selling what they catch.
Or, in this case, fishermen’s wives. Because while Tommy Pearson is out prowling the bay checking on his traps, his wife, Terese, is home running the store. She’s pretty much an expert on all things spiny (and spotty for that matter – during the summer Pearson specializes in spot prawns).