Diving for Abalone on the Northern California Coast could, and probably should be labeled an "Extreme Sport". As in... Extremely Fun, Extremely Exciting, Extremely Rewarding, and if not done right, Extremely Dangerous! Few activities will provide you with such a high level of Exhilaration [insert "Danger"] as abalone Diving. If you have ever experienced the thrill of this sport, you pretty much already know all about that.
But if you have never actually had the pleasure of participating in this activity, it would be wise for you to find out as much as you can about it before making that all too often fatal mistake of thinking you could just get out there and start doing it.
If you are interested in learning more about Abalone Diving, right here is a good place for you to start (and, by the way, a pretty smart decision on your part). If you take the time and effort to learn how to Safely Dive for Abalone, you'll understand why it's not such a good idea for you to rush out and jump in the Pacific Ocean before knowing the hazards. Nobody wants to end up becoming one of those sad statistics we read about almost every season in the headlines of the local newspapers!
You can spend a ton of money or you can rent everything you need from a Dive Shop. You can even buy used stuff in a Yard Sale. It really doesn't matter where you get it, or how much you spend. What really matters, is that you get yourself set up with the right gear before you go out and start "Swimmin' with the Fishes", Here's our list of Abalone Diving Gear Essentials to get you started.
There are a lot of places along the Northern California Coast where you can Dive or Rock Pick for Abalone. Some are better than others, some require permission to access, and some will test your level of physical fitness before you even get wet! Visit our "Where to go Abalone Diving and Rock Picking" page for more information and descriptions for some Abalone Diving and Rock Picking Areas along the North Coast around Westport, Fort Bragg and Mendocino.
If you haven't already done so, you need to go get yourself a copy of the Abalone Regulations and read them! The Game Wardens are out in full force during Abalone Season, and they're watching you very closely. Heck, they might even be diving right along side of you! So you better not be "High-Grading", or helping others get their limits, and make sure you have your Abalone Tags and License! Here are some of the Abalone Diving Regulations you should know before you go.
If you don't already know, and are wondering what to do next with your Abalone once you get out of the water, here are some helpful tips to make sure that you preserve the freshness and delicate flavor of your days catch. Go here to learn how to prepare your Abalone for the Table
There are many ways to cook up your Abalone, and any one of them will could very well result in one of the most delicious, mouth watering, taste bud tickling, absolutely "to die for meals" you may ever have the pleasure of consuming. Go here to see our favorite "Abalone Recipes".