Florida Lobster Mini Season is here: Grab a boat rental & go lobster hunting
The start of the Florida Lobster Mini season is July 27 and Boatsetter, an industry leading boat-sharing marketplace, is connecting those interested in joining the fun with seasoned captains to find the best locations for lobster hunting.
It’s Florida Lobster Mini Season, let’s go!
During the last consecutive Wednesday and Thursday of July, the coastal waters of Florida are filled with lobster fanatics searching for their next big catch and enjoying local festivities. This year Lobster Mini-season falls on July 27-28 and Boatsetter wants to help those without a boat celebrate in style.
“Lobster Mini season is one of the fastest and most popular fishing events in South Florida. Would-be lobster hunters who do not own a boat may feel left out,” said Pablo Vidal, chief marketing officer of Boatsetter.com. “Boatsetter connects those without a boat to the largest network of Coast Guard licensed captains and boats of all sizes and amenities. Renting a boat from Boatsetter allows those taking part in the Lobster Mini-season to design their own on-the-water experience and make the most of the two day event.”
Boatsetter users can choose from a wide range of boats, available from as little as a half-day to multiple days out on the water. Interested boaters can also decide whether to captain their boat themselves or have the boat chartered by a Coast Guard licensed captain.
Those interested in taking part in Lobster Mini-season have a vast database of boats to choose from like The Patriot, a 33-foot twin-engine Glasstream, perfect for groups up to eight and listed for rent in the Miami-area. Lobster hunters further south can board the Chasin’ Tail, which is a 32-foot center console Wellcraft located in Key West, Florida.
Lobster Mini-season officially begins July 27 at 12:00 a.m. and ends at 11:59 p.m. on July 28. Lobster hunters must have an up to date fishing license and obtain a lobster permit.
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, people diving from a boat must have a divers-down flag displayed while they are in the water, and those diving for lobster must possess a lobster measuring device at all times.
The carapace of the lobster, which is measured from the top of the tail to the forward edge between the rostral horns, must be measured in the water and be larger than three inches.
In Monroe County and Biscayne National Park, the bag limit is six lobsters, per person, per day, while throughout the rest of Florida, the bag limit is 12 lobsters per person, per day throughout Lobster Mini-season.
Boatsetter recommends reserving a boat with a U.S. Coast Guard licensed captain, and before getting underway, to have all boaters file a float plan with a family member or friend, have all of the proper and required safety equipment, wear their life jackets and never operate a vessel under the influence of alcohol or another substance.
Photo credit: MARATHON, Fla (July 26, 2006) — These six lobsters were not of legal size and were placed back into the ocean after being measured by Coast Guard officials. USCG photo by Petty Officer James P. Judge.