Digging Lobsters

By: Terry Gibson


Recently, I headed over to Deep Six Watersports dive shop in Jensen Beach to pick up my regulator, which my buddy Steve had just rebuilt for me.

“Looks like some nice dive weather ahead,” he said.

I hate to rub it in, but while most of the rest of the country is literally buried in snow, we are actually planning on diving and bagging some of the biggest “bugs” caught all year. Here’s the forecast for the Treasure Coast:

“High pressure will build in behind the front Saturday night with a ridge setting up from the Gulf across the peninsula into the Atlantic. This will bring favorable boating conditions through early next week.”

And it looks even nicer south of Jupiter, where you’ll find everything you need for your dive adventure, including a ride out and back to the reef at the Jupiter Dive Center. The farther south you go the flatter it looks. Check out Pompano Beach to Miami Beach. Both offer spectacular wreck and reef diving. As usual, it looks downright balmy in the Keys.

This forecast is pretty typical for the late winter and early spring off East Central and Southeast Florida. Fact is; the Gulf Stream current comes really close to shore throughout the Keys and up to the southern part of the Treasure Coast.

This river of warmth usually makes cold weather and rough seas short-lived events. Between the fronts, which pass through about once a week during the late winter and early spring, you can expect at last three days of relatively calm seas, good visibility and water in the 70- to 75-degree range.

You don’t get the numbers of bugs that you can catch early in the season, but you can find some of the biggest of the year. Lobsters seven pounds and up are caught, especially between Hobe Sound and Vero Beach. Check out this video.

Lobster season remains open until March 31. Click here for the complete list of regulations courtesy of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission. Send us a picture of your bugs!

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