Regular lobster season opens Monday

Now that the craziness of lobster mini season has passed, serious lobster hunters are getting ready for the regular lobster season, which is Aug. 6-March 31.

The regular season limit is six lobsters per person per day statewide. To take lobsters, you must have a saltwater fishing license ($17 for residents) and a lobster stamp ($5).

Lobsters must have a minimum carapace length of more than 3 inches to be legal and must be measured in the water. (Those who catch lobsters with a bully net are allowed to measure them in the boat and release the small ones.) No egg-bearing females may be taken.

Night diving is allowed in Monroe County during the regular season and divers may take lobsters in John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo.

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