Last Updated on February 22, 2023 by Staff Writer
Planning a trip to the Florida Keys? Lobster season is one of the most exciting times of the year for both residents and visitors. Here’s everything you need to know to make the most of lobster season in the Keys.
Lobster Season Dates and Regulations
Lobster season is active every year from August 6 through March 31, which means once it ends in March, it will return in August until March of next year. The mini-season takes place on the last Wednesday of July and ends at midnight on Thursday. It is essential to note that daily limits in the Florida Keys and Biscayne National Park differ from those in other parts of Florida. A recreational saltwater fishing license and a lobster permit are required.
Best Practices for Lobstering in the Keys
When lobstering in the Keys, following best practices for safety and success is essential. These include measuring lobsters correctly, using a dive flag, following daily limits and size restrictions, and practicing safe boating practices and vessel safety gear. It is also prohibited to damage, molest or take lobster from traps in state or federal waters.
Lobstering Tips and Techniques
Finding spiny lobsters in the Keys is relatively easy, and there are many great locations to go lobstering. The best times for lobstering are early morning or late afternoon when the lobsters are more active. Recommended equipment includes a tickle stick, a lobster net, and a dive flag. Catching techniques for beginners include gently tickling the lobster out of its hiding spot, then quickly scooping it up with the net.
Other Fishing Opportunities in the Keys
In addition to lobstering, the Keys offer a variety of other fishing opportunities, including reef fishing and offshore fishing. Sandbar trips to Boca Grande Island and Marvin’s Key are also popular.
Things to Do in the Keys
The Keys offer many great attractions, from the famous Seven Mile Bridge to the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory. There are many great dining options for foodies, including the Southern Most Beach Cafe for breakfast, Mary Ellens Bar and Restaurant for lunch, and El Siboney’s for dinner. Nightlife options include the Green Parrot, Irish Kevins, The Porch, Schooner Wharf, and Ricks.
Let’s Get Out There!
The Florida Keys offer so much more than lobstering! There are plenty of activities and things to do, no matter what your interests are – so why not get plan a trip? Local captains like Captain Jason Dozier have access to a wealth of knowledge about the best spots for spiny lobsters. Therefore you can spend less time searching and more time diving and actually catching them. Your captain will also ensure you follow the complex rules associated with harvesting lobsters, including bag limits, and prohibited areas, and abide by local regulations. Book your trip with Captain Dozier today, and experience the best lobster experience you can have!