Lobster mini season was a ton of fun and relatively successful at least for us here at WPTV and those in our family here at the station who ventured out in search of bugs. We were able to bag a few but many divers reported as we did that there was no shortage of egg bearing females and lobster under regulation size. It was good to see FWC and the Coast Guard out all day monitoring and boarding boats. Here's a few pics from our two day adventure which consisted of six dives, three tankers over both days.
--Jupiter Lighthouse on the way out of Jupiter Inlet
--Captain Mike on the Republic from Jupiter Dive Center
--Tom Special and his prize catch
--Heading out of Jupiter Inlet
--Jay Cashmere and his prize catch
Many families across the state will be "bugging out" and headed for the Keys in search of that perfect lobster. The commerical season begins Thursday August 6th. Spiny lobsters are found throughout the Eastern Gulf of Mexico and along the Atlantic shelf as far north as Cape Canaveral. The chain of Keys is the promised land for snorklers and free divers. Lobster season will continue through March 31st of next year.
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