Heading out to go abalone diving in the Pacific Ocean is always an exercise of gathering up all your gear and double checking you’re not missing anything.
If you’re getting into Northern California’s cold Pacific Ocean then you’re going to need a thick wetsuit. Most divers cover themselves with 7 millimeters of neoprene from head to toe.
The two most important pieces of gear for abalone diving are your California fishing license and your abalone report card.
Taking abalone out of the ocean without properly reporting it is considered poaching and comes with big fines and other penalties. The fines and punishments vary from case to case, but in 2015 three poachers were fined $20,000 each for possessing 59 abalone.