Florida Lobstering

Florida Lobster Spots

There are countless ways to find lobster spots. You can search all over the internet trying to find a gps spots here and there, but the one thing you won't find is a free detailed list of gps locations / waypoints to find lobsters. I have seen a guy selling gps spots on ebay, but other then that, it tends to be a family secret past down from generation to generation. People find their spots and go back to it year after year. It can take a lot of work to find those spots and people don't like sharing them.

Back in high school before I had a boat or friends with a boat, my friends and I would all drive down and snorkel along the shoreline in the rocks surrounding the bridges of Duck Key. The first trip we took, we caught our limits without a problem. The rocks of Duck Key were loaded with lobsters. The only problem is, there will be 10 other groups trying to do the same thing.

Now that we are all grown up, we use a boat. What we typically do is find a rocky bottom in 5-15 ft of water, and troll around. We take two ski ropes and tow two guys behind the boat. If one of the guys spots a lobster, he will drop off the rope and we circle back. At this point we will mark the location / waypoint on gps so that we can come back to the spot another time. A helpful tip is to bring a small marker buoy. When you are being towed, if you see the lobster, you drop the buoy so that you don't lose the spot. It isn't uncommon for a person to look up to make sure the boat is coming back only to lose track of where the spot was. The current can be strong at times, and you can quickly be dragged 20 ft from where you were just a few seconds before.

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How to Catch a Florida Lobster
  There are numerous ways and techniques to catch a Florida Spiny lobster. I will go over a few of the ways I do it. Before you attempt to catch a Florida lobster, you need to understand their behavior.