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CraigC

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Name's Craig. I live in south Florida. Been cooking for awhile. Big chili head, seafood freak and love trying new cuisines and ingredients. The wife and I have been doing our own herb and vegi garden for a couple years now and enjoy the produce and savings on our food bill. 100% carnivore, but can easily deal with vegis, even tofu which I sometimes refer to as toad food.;)

Big on spearfishing and harvesting from our local waters. 100% support sustainable resources of seafood. Hate invasive species, both land and sea. We really have a massive amount of these.:mad:

Look forward to learning and contributing what knowledge I have.

Craig
 

Kathleen

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Welcome to DC. Feel free to share anything you know about the mini-lobster season. I keep threatening to take my vacation during that time!
 

CraigC

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Welcome to DC. Feel free to share anything you know about the mini-lobster season. I keep threatening to take my vacation during that time!

DON'T! You will regret it! I can't use my normal reference to that time as this is a "G" rated site. It's a contest to see the number of divers/freedivers killed vs the number of lobster taken. Two died this past season if I recall correctly. If you go to the Keys, during the mini season (last Wednesday and Thursday of July), be prepared for the road block leaving Key Largo as the FWC checks peoples catch. The limit in the Keys is 6 per person/per day (must have saltwater fishing license and lobster stamp to count). The rest of the state the limit is 12 perperson/per day. Regular season starts August 6th and runs through March 31st of the following year. Bag limit is 6 per person/per day. Used to allow that (6 per) or 24 per boat. Those days are long gone. I dive mainly off of Ft. Lauderdale (actually captained a dive boat in the late '80's and early '90's). This was during the years I taught scuba. Once you leave Port Everglades during mini season, I swear you can walk to Bimini across the boats that are jam packed out there.;) I could tell stories for hours about the stupid stuff I have personally seen people do during mini. It's like everyone has gold fever.

Thanks everyone for the welcome.

Craig
 
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Kathleen

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DON'T! You will regret it! I can't use my normal reference to that time as this is a "G" rated site. It's a contest to see the number of divers/freedivers killed vs the number of lobster taken. Two died this past season if I recall correctly. If you go to the Keys, during the mini season (last Wednesday and Thursday of July), be prepared for the road block leaving Key Largo as the FWC checks peoples catch. The limit in the Keys is 6 per person/per day (must have saltwater fishing license and lobster stamp to count). The rest of the state the limit is 12 perperson/per day. Regular season starts August 6th and runs through March 31st of the following year. Bag limit is 6 per person/per day. Used to allow that (6 per) or 24 per boat. Those days are long gone. I dive mainly off of Ft. Lauderdale (actually captained a dive boat in the late '80's and early '90's). This was during the years I taught scuba. Once you leave Port Everglades during mini season, I swear you can walk to Bimini across the boats that are jam packed out there.;) I could tell stories for hours about the stupid stuff I have personally seen people do during mini. It's like everyone has gold fever.

Thanks everyone for the welcome.

Craig

Soooooo....wait for the regular season? I've never gone lobster diving! I'm dying to give it a try!
 

CraigC

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Soooooo....wait for the regular season? I've never gone lobster diving! I'm dying to give it a try!

I would suggest coming down during regular season. If you come down after October 15th, you can also enjoy some stone crab claws as that is opening day for that season. Umm, stone crab dipped in mustard sauce!:)

I see by your location you are in a mid-Atlantic state. If that means one of the Carolinas, you can find these lobster there as well. They maybe few and far between, but from what I've seen they tend to be very large! Also, one of my favorite eating fish is the hogfish and they tend to be massive up there as well. You won't find hogfish often caught on hook and line as most must be taken underwater.

BTW, check with our FWC as I don't know what the cost is for a non-resident fishing license.

Craig
 

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