Last Updated on September 27, 2022 by Staff Writer
Here in Key West, we love our lobster! Every July we have a big festival dedicated to this delicious seafood. You can enjoy lobster during the fall, winter, and spring, even if you’re not here for the festival. Here’s everything you need to know about lobstering in Key West, from when the season starts to where you can get your hands on some lobster of your own.
Where to Find Lobster
There are a few ways to get your hands on lobster. Of course, you can always buy them from a seafood market or fishmonger. But if you’re looking for a more authentic experience (and want to save a few dollars), you can go out and catch them yourself! Charter boats specialize in taking small groups out lobstering, or you can rent a boat for the day and go at it alone. Just Make you have a valid Florida saltwater fishing license and a lobster permit if you’re planning on keeping any that you catch.
Lobster Season in Key West
Lobster season in the Keys generally runs from August 6th through March 31st; peak season is December through February. However, this can vary depending on weather and water conditions. The best way to find out if lobsters are running is to ask around at the local bait and tackle shops. The fishermen there usually have the most up-to-date information on what’s biting and when.
What do I need to go lobster hunting?
To go lobster hunting in Key West, you’ll need a Florida saltwater fishing license. You can purchase a permit online or at any local bait and tackle shop. You’ll also need a lobster trap, which you can buy or rent from most bait and tackle shops. Other than that, all you need is some sunscreen and a sense of adventure!
How do I catch lobster?
Lobster hunting is quite simple. All you need is a net and a bit of patience. The first step is to find a good spot. Look for an area with lots of rocks, as this is where lobsters like to hide. Then, simply dive down and find the lobster. Once you’ve located your target, the next step is to coerce him into your net. This can be done by gently nudging him into your net. If you’re lucky, you’ll have caught yourself a delicious dinner! Remember to correctly measure and band your lobster before putting it back in the water.
How to Eat Lobster
Once you’ve got your lobster, it’s time to enjoy it! If you’ve never cooked or eaten lobster before, don’t worry – it’s not that hard. The first thing you need to do is kill it humanely so that it doesn’t suffer. Then, you’ll want to steam or boil the lobster, so it’s cooked all through. Once it’s cooked, crack it open and enjoy! Some people like to eat their lobster with melted butter or lemon juice, while others prefer it loaded with ingredients. There are no wrong answers to eating lobster – whatever tastes best to you!
Lobster season in Key West is a great time to enjoy this delicious seafood! Whether you buy them from a market or go out and catch them yourself, check out our tips on how to cook and eat lobster so that you can make the most of this delicious seasonal treat. Want to get out on the water this lobster season? Book your trip today! Spiny Florida lobster ain’t gonna snip ya!