A week out from “mini-season,” the two day sport season that gives a chance for recreational divers to take home some fresh tail meat before the commercial fisheries cash in, Floridians and vacationers alike are excited for regular season to open.
2018 regular spiny lobster season dates are from August 6th to March 31st, and allow for licensed recreational divers to take home six lobsters per person per day. This bag limit applies to possession limit as well- on and off the water- and lobster must be brought to shore in whole condition. Seperating the tail from the body is prohibited in Florida state waters.
Harvested lobster must have a carapace larger than 3 inches, and must be measured in the water. The carapace is measure beginning at the forward edge between the rostral horns, excluding any soft tissue, and proceeding along the middle to the rear edge of the carapace. For more information on how to measure a spiny lobster, go here: http://myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/recreational/fish-measurement/
A recreational saltwater fishing license and a lobster permit are required to harvest spiny lobster, which can be purchased here: http://myfwc.com/license/recreational/saltwater-fishing/