A lobster that size will crush you finger. I know a lot of guys that are afraid to grab a big one. If you hesitate, the you will never get them. Just grab and pull before it knows what hit them and hope you did not get a finger in the claw!
Woj, I also have not been diving much lately. Going to get back into it in the spring. I was in it pretty heavy gearing up for a Doria trip, then the wreck started breaking down, and it is really not worth going out there anymore. Selling my boat and moving to Warren county also slowed my diving. All that and having my daughter will keep me under 200 feet from now on.