Diving for Monster Lobster off the Treasure Coast of Florida

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Diving for Monster Lobster off the Treasure Coast of Florida

We set out as a team; Jake followed me on the surface while I explored the bottom with the hookah rig. During the winter months of lobster season along Florida’s coastline it is either a hit or a miss. This is due to the constant windy conditions and rough seas that that murk up the water. Also the foreign sand that is dumped along the shoreline for beach re-nourishment silts up the reef causing zero visibility and poor dive conditions.  But that’s a whole other story. Luckily the water visibility was decent and it was a pleasure exploring the bottom for the first time in a couple months. As I cruised the seafloor I spotted Sheephead, spadefish and other cool creatures that caught my attention. It always fun to interact with these species underwater and see how they live and the different personalities each fish has.

Pushing on, I searched under crevices and ledges for a while until I spotted a nice lobster under a large outcrop! Using the lobster shovel I positioned the bug into an area where I knew it would be easy to catch him and then grabbed him as fast as I could. There was no need to measure this keeper but I made sure to check for eggs ensuring it was a legal lobster which I always necessary to do. Jake came free diving down just in time for a nice pass off of the lobster, so I could get back to searching. The lobsters were scarce – probably because the water was dirty for the last two months along the shoreline. I pushed on in search of another keeper which I spotted about 30 minutes later. This lobster was larger, over 5 pounds and in a spot he could easily escape capture! I waited patiently until I tickled him out enough for me to get a good grab on him and wrestle him out of the hole. This was an obvious keeper and I made sure there were no eggs under its tail before I got excited about the catch! We covered a lot more ground but no other lobsters crossed our paths. We decided to head in due to the fact the water started to get murky from the tide change and light onshore breeze. Overall it was a great dive!! We were thankful to get a chance to explore the reef with some decent visibility and capture some of the awesome beauty it beholds just off the treasure coast of Florida!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

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