Lobstering in the Florida Keys Mini-Season Part 3
Hello everyone, hope you all are doing great and had a wonderful week.
The weather continues to get cooler and cooler in Southwest Florida and it is so beautiful at night. The days are even nicer being cool, bright, and sunny with less humidity. We are seeing more and more snowbirds coming down to our area. The roads are filling up as are the waterways where we go boating. This is so very good for our economy and for everyone in our area.
The fishing here continues to be red-hot! I have many friends who are going offshore and catching their limits of Gag Grouper and Red Grouper. Anglers are catching Permit and Cobia on almost all of the artificial reefs in the Gulf . The inshore fishing is just as red-hot for Snook which are now in season, along with Red Fish and Trout which can be found on the grass flats. If you are not catching fish this time of year, you must not have a fishing line in the water!
Waterfront real estate continues to move right along. There were quite a few new pending sales in the last couple weeks and more closed/sold properties on the water.
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Okay now on to the fun part: Lobstering in the Florida Keys Mini-Season Part 3
We left off last week with the crew coming in with our daily cash limit of lobsters – what a great morning it was! We loaded up the other families in our group with all the smaller hildren and took them back out to scout for more “bugs”. Everyone was so excited to go out after seeing our morning catch with the other families.
We searched and searched and searched for more bugs! Many of the spots were cleaned out but the kids were determined to find more lobsters.
In one of the holes we found a Stone Crab which is a delicacy in many restaurants. We brought him out of the water to show the kids but then had to release him because he was out of
We arrived at another spot and all the kids wanted to get into the water and snorkel around to see the marine life. Fish, lobster, snails, shells – all kinds of sea life! It was like a marine biology trip for the children and even for the adults! Please remember, most of the adults were from Chicago and had only seen these types of wildlife in an aquarium (or at the grocery store.
After exploring the area for a while, it was time to get out and search more ledges for lobster. Everyone was so excited and enthusiastic to find more lobster and to get more snorkeling time. Check out these photos of happy kids.
While driving along we found another ledge; take a look at this photo. This is what we see from the edge of the boat above the water, looking down into the water.
This is what it looks like in the water while swimming down to the ledge.
It’s so cool what we’re able to see underwater on the ledges – crabs, fish, lobster, Moray Eels, tiny shrimp – just amazing!
We had a pretty full afternoon and the little kids were beginning to get very tired as you will see. But they did have a ball; what a great day.
As we headed back into the channel, who do we see, but of course, the teenage kids out fishing! They could not get enough of it.
Getting back to the dock is the fun part! That’s where the kids get to watch us clean the lobster, take photos with the lobster, and touch them – oooohhhhh!!!
Guess what we had for dinner? Fresh baked lobster, fresh grilled lobster, fresh boiled lobster, all with drawn butter, yummy!!!!
What a fantastic day today! It’s so great to see the enthusiasm and excitement on all the children’s faces, especially the younger ones. The knowledge they’ve gained from experiencing and learning about our ocean and all the animals that live in it is priceless – just a great, great day!
Remember, take time for your family and friends; time goes by so fast.
Look for Lobstering in the Florida Keys Mini Season Part 4 next week.
Until then, make it a great day!!!