Spiny Lobster Mini Season is approaching:

Beginning at 12:01 am on Wednesday July 27 and ending at 12midnight on Thursday July 28, 2011 Spiny Lobster Mini Season will take overmany Florida waters. Lobster hunters will converge on the southern parts of the state to capture bugs.

With only a short time left, it?s time to check your gear.

Dive gear: A good dive mask, snorkel and fins for snorkeling.For scuba diving add a couple full dive tanks, regulator, bc, gauges, and weights.Or a hookah dive system.

If you are going in the water snorkeling, diving or evenfree diving, proper dive flags are required.
A measuring gauge: A gauge to measure carapace and taillength.
Tickle stick: Usually a fiberglass stick 2-3 feet long forcoaxing lobster out of hiding.

A hand net: Placed behind a lobster (lobster swim backwards)to catch them during their escape.

Good quality gloves: These bugs, like their name have sharpspines. Good gloves are a must.

Catch Bag: A mesh bag to hold your catch before surfacing.

Another option is to not get wet at all, stay out of the sun,and hunt on the darkside by bully netting. A Bully Net is generally a 12ft polenet (Shrimp net) with the net ring is bent at a 90 degree angle to the pole.Used in conjunction with good boat lights, lobsters can be spotted at night inshallow waters on sandy bottoms and shallow flats.

The bag limit in the Florida Keys (Monroe County) is 6 perperson per day, everywhere else in Florida the bag limit is 12 per person perday. Lobstering is prohibited in Everglades National Park, Dry TortugasNational Park, Looe Key, and areas of Pennekamp State Park.

Divers must have a measuring gauge on themselves at alltimes when hunting lobster. The carapace (main body) must be at least 3 inchesin length. Any lobsters in a catch bag in the water are considered inpossession. Therefore, measure them before you place them in your bag. Undersizelobsters and egg bearing females must be released immediately unharmed. You canbe prosecuted for injuring any lobster while underwater. And yes FWC doesenforce regulations on, off and underwater. Many a diver has been joined by ascuba diving officer checking a catch while underwater.A valid Saltwater fishing license and (lobster) crawfishpermit is required.

The regular lobster season starts August 6, 2011 and closesmarch 31, 2012. Commercial lobster boats may drop traps on August 1 but cannotpull the traps or otherwise harvest the traps until August 6.

Tight Lines!

Stay Salty My Friends!
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