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Florida's Lobster Season: The Complete Guide

Stephen Brown

It’s officially Florida’s tastiest time of the year: lobster season. From August 6 through March 31, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission opens up Florida’s waterways for fishermen to nab spiny lobster. The eight-month season fills the waters with recreational divers and commercial fishermen scouring the reefs, from the shallows to as deep as 130 feet and more, searching out those protruding antennae for hidden honey holes. But open bug season doesn’t mean things get totally piratical out on the open seas; there are still plenty of rules and regulations fishermen must abide by to ensure a viable fishery for the future. Not to mention the aforementioned FWC and Sheriff’s office patrolling the waters, handing out $500 reminders that rules are rules for a reason. So know before you go, because missteps can lead to hefty “fines to dine,” potential jail time, not to mention the embarrassment of showing up to the boat ramp skunked.

Florida Spiny Lobster - Lobster Season - Sport Season - FWC - lobstering tips, gear reviews, regulation reminders and recipes

   To get the party started, we’re dolling out some lobster knowledge, from regulation basics and gear, to hunting technique and a few recipes to enjoy the spoils. Enjoy and happy hunting.

 

Florida spiny lobster season regulations and tips on catching

Regulation and Basic Technique

To make the most of lobster season, remember these basic regulation points and easy techniques to nab some bugs this season.

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Florida lobstering gear - reviews and advice on lobster catching gear

Get Your Gear

The proper equipment will make a day of lobstering a much more enjoyable and fruitful endeavor. Here's a few of the basics and our personal faves.

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Fresh from Florida recipes for Florida Spiny Lobster - cook up that catchCook Up That Catch

As Florida spiny lobster season gears up, prime the palate with these recipes, courtesy of Florida's state chef, Justin Timineri.

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