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A Lobstering Get Away To The Florida Keys!!! Part 1

Posted by Shane On September 9th

Hello everyone. I hope you all are doing great.. The weather here is SW Florida has been great!!! It is warm, but loving it.. Almost every afternoon we get the thunderstorms and rain which cools everything down. It is nice.. The fishing has been great. The Snook bite is still on and the Reds Fish are still biting well. Many of the big Red Fish are beginning to school up in the back bays and grass flats getting ready to head off shore for the spawn. The Tarpon are still around, off the beaches and some in the passes. The Trout bite is still hot on the grass flats. The weather has been very calm, so running offshore is great. No rough water to deal with, just dodging the thunderstorms and catching lots of Fish..

As far as the OIL SPILL goes. It is capped off, we have seen NO, NONE, NODDA, Oil here. Our beaches are still pristine. Where did all the oil go, do not know. They are trying to find it now. It is a mystery. Please keep those folks who were affected further north in the panhandle and further up who were devastated by the oil spill in your thoughts and prayers, they have a long road a head of them.

Bringing up Real Estate for just a minute, I am shocked at the number of waterfront properties that are going under contract and closing over the last couple of months. There are Gulf Access homes from $150,000 to over $3.5 Million going pending and closing. Is this a sign the waterfront market is stabilizing, I would think so. If you have any questions on waterfront property, please do not hesitate to contact me anytime. Just so you know, I also have an off water division, which handles all properties off of the water. Yes, I still oversee everything to make sure you still get the Premier Service you deserve :-)

Okay lets move on to the fun stuff… How about Lobstering in the Florida Keys. Well I am gonna tell you all about it. Yes even if you have never done it before, after looking over this boating guide issue, you will be an expert, well maybe not an expert, But you will look like you know what you are doing :-) Get it, you will look like you know what you are doing :-) I just crack my self up.. Okay any way….

There are several different ways to catch these bugs )( bugs are known as Florida Lobster) so first get the lingo down :-) One way is to go Bully netting at night. Lobsters are nocturnal and come out at night to feed and do their thing. To Bully net it must be dark out and you will of course need a bully net and good strong deep cycle battery and a couple of high powered spot lights.. Typically you want to look in Creeks and Grass beds or on the edge of chanels for these bugs (Lobster). You can either drift a long or idle around looking for these guys. Typically the first thing you will see is the glowing of their eyes. Look at some photos below….

Another exciting thing about being on the water at night is you never know what you are going to see lurking in the dark. Check out these two Nurse Sharks in the upper part of the photo. See the light brown color.

Okay now it is very important that you measure the lobster before keeping them. Yo will have to buy a measuring device. About $1 to $5 dollars.

Once you get back to the dock you must twist your Lobster and break off the tip of the lobster tentacle to clean out the pooper. I will show you some photos. It is not as bad as you think :-)

See that was not so bad. If you do not clean out the poopers, you will be chewing your fresh catch of bugs and it may be a little crunchy/ gritty.

Another place to find bugs is a secret ship wreck, okay boat wreck, But Ship Wreck sounds more exciting :-) I know this spot in the back bay where the bugs hide really good and it is a bear to get them out from under the wreck. It takes practice and proper technique, but it can be done. ..Oh and part of the fun is the scenery and adventure getting there….Enjoy these photos…..

We did well at the wreck. About this time you start to get hungry.. so why not go down to the Hungry Tarpon and eat. YOU can feed the Hungry tarpon here and you eat at the restaurant called the Hungry Tarpon.. Pretty neat :-) Check out the website…

Enjoy these photos……

Some times the Tarpon will get ya, it does not hurt though….:-)

After Filling our bellies and the Tarpon’s bellies too, we headed out to search for more bugs. This other way we search is by dragging behing the boat a long the creeks and looking up under the ledges for bugs. It is challenging and the bugs hide way up under these ledges. Enjoy the photos….

This is really a geat time and you never know what it is you are gonna see. After looking for bugs all day (Lobstering) you get kind of tired, so it is nice to go somewhere and relax in the crystal clear waters of the Florida Keys. There is a place in the keys called Holiday Isle….Check out the web site……….It is a fun place to go to, but I would rather go to the Holiday Isle Sand bar. It is a beautiful place to park your boat and relax in the water. Oh and thank goodness I had my mechanic with me, just incase we happen to have some mechanical issues, which we did. Well We did not, but my buddies did. So I lent them my personal mechanic out to them….:-) Enjoy the photos…

I have to go now, I will have part two of Lobstering in the Florida Keys next week. The Florida Keys is an amazing magical place. It is only about 3 hours car drive from Ft. Myers. It is a quick weekend get away for the entire family and friends too for that matter. I will be giving you some great places to go next week and one of the best most relaxing places to stay in the Keys.. tune in… Until next week….Make time for your Family and friends, life goes by so quickly,… Do not say oh I will do it next week or the following weekend or next month, do it now or you will never do it. Make it a great weekend what ever you do and first and for most be safe and have a great time :-)

Take care,

Shane”Waterfront” Wilson



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