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Man arrested after getting jump on mini-lobster season in the Keys

Divers taking advantage of Lobster Mini Season
Posted at 9:28 AM, Jul 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-29 09:28:31-04

ISLAMORADA, Fla. — Sheriff's officials say a Texas man landed in jail when police in the Florida Keys caught him poaching lobsters one day before the start of spiny lobster miniseason.

The annual two-day event began Wednesday and runs through Thursday night. Monroe County Sheriff's officials say 43-year-old Yuliver Rodriguez-Tejeda of Houston got a head start Tuesday.

He was arrested on multiple counts of possession of out-of-season lobsters, undersized lobsters and possessing over-the-bag limit lobsters The mini-season typically draws thousands of people to hunt for their bag limit of spiny lobsters.

The regular commercial lobster season begins Aug. 6.