MARATHON, Fla (July 26, 2006) — A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation commission officer and Coast Guard Petty Officer Third Class Victor Rosario, a boarding team member, measure the carapace of the lobsters to ensure they are of legal size. Lobster carapace must be greater than three inches. USCG photo by Petty officer 3rd Class James P. Judge


Florida’s lobster mini season this year is July 27 and 28. Like to go lobster hunting and no boat? With a cool new boat-sharing marketplace, Boatsetter, you can find your boat and seasoned captains who know the best locations for lobster hunting.

Boatsetter connects those without a boat to the largest network of Coast Guard licensed captains and boats of all sizes and amenities. Users can choose from a wide range of boats, available from 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 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.Boatsetter suggests that’s it’s easy for people to get a fishing license and lobster permit and can be done online with FWC in a matter of minutes. Once you have completed the process, you can print out the license. More information can be found here:.

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. (If you don’t have this equipment, before contracting with a captain say you intend to go lobstering and ask if they have the necessary dive flags and required gear.)

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.

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