Lobsters: We know the results for the Florida miniseason for sportsmen. Preliminary reports indicate more lobsters in the Florida Keys than in past years. The lobsters migrate into shallower water for the late spring and summer breeding season. For this miniseason, I was just off the coast of Miami's South Beach and the lobster count was down from past years. However, divers in the Keys were happily surprised by the large amount of lobsters there.
Hot Keys: The good reports for the Keys has divers scrambling to get on dive trips for this weekend. During the two-day miniseason, a diver in the Keys could only take six lobsters per day, so there should be plenty left for divers starting Aug. 6. Like other dive shops, we have been getting a good amount of calls and reservations for our Keys lobster trip next weekend. If you don't own a boat, you can still find spots with some local dive shops, but spots are filling fast.
Nice catch: Typically, areas such as the Keys and Miami hold lobsters from 1 to 2 pounds, but on the first day of the miniseason in Miami, Dan Moenning of Punta Gorda brought a nice 5-pound lobster back to the boat.
Bill Hardman teaches scuba, spearfishing and free diving through Aquatic Obsessions Scuba in St. Petersburg and can be reached at CaptainBillHardman@gmail.com or (727) 344-3483.