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Florida's Lobster Season: The Complete Guide

Stephen Brown

It's that time of the year again. Florida spiny lobster season is set to begin August 6 and run through March 31, with a two-day Sport Season running the last consecutive Wednesday and Thursday of July. Falling on July 24 and 25, Florida’s waterways will open up to recreational divers looking to take home the tastiest tails the sea produces. Just about every person with a boat, kayak, dingy or inner tube will be out scouring the reef in search of antennae. But there are a few caveats to this two-day free-for-all, especially when it comes to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission authorities whom you can expect will board your boat after each dive. So know before you go, because a misstep can cost you a cool $500, not to mention the embarrassment of showing up at 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 catch

 

Cook 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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