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Orlando Eric
July 15th, 2012, 12:48 PM
Harvesting spanish spotted lobster during closed spiny season. What are your opinions? I have never seen this done and wonder about getting some in the off season. A run in with FWC with a snare and catch bag might be looked at with a sneer but should be legal. They are much smaller but larger than shrimp and I eat those.

djtimmy77
July 15th, 2012, 01:02 PM
Harvesting spanish spotted lobster during closed spiny season. What are your opinions? I have never seen this done and wonder about getting some in the off season. A run in with FWC with a snare and catch bag might be looked at with a sneer but should be legal. They are much smaller but larger than shrimp and I eat those.

I've only ever seen a few, but out of the 3 I've caught, 2 had eggs and the other one I simply decided was too small to be worth the effort. If they appeared to be very plentiful then I might consider it, but with how few of them that I see, I think they are best left where they are.

HowardE
July 15th, 2012, 01:21 PM
There is no season for Spanish lobster (they're an unregulated species), so while you may get a sneer, you're not breaking any law.

However... In the 2-3 weeks before mini season... I would exercise caution with a catch bag period.

The only time I ever had FWC check me was on a shore dive about a week before mini-season. They came up in a boat, and I didn't even hear them at all. I surfaced, and there they were. They were like, "What's in the bag?" and I showed em 2 hogfish... they looked in the bag, and tossed it back.

Chugwhump
July 15th, 2012, 09:47 PM
Panulirus Guttatus are highly toxic and you should not eat them.
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But if you are fool enough to pursue them..... at night when they are more plentiful in population..... be very, very careful not to take 'eggers.
Those ladies have an incredible skill to hide their eggs.
They also are found in the 15'-30' depths in more profusion around the cycle of full moons.
They are a fascinating little creature with a very different life cycle than the regular ole' Caribbean Spiny Lobster.
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*NOTE*
It is NO LONGER legal to shoot them a-la-the-Bahamas style of harvest.

And while at one time you could actually take them with eggs,
I never did as that represents a level of arrogance and stupidity that I could never fathom or justify.

Chug
Thinks that the real reason that the lion Fish are here is because too many people are taking lobsters.....
from me.

Orlando Eric
July 15th, 2012, 10:23 PM
Whoa? Toxic? I have eaten two of them last year. -- off to google.

Zaixon
July 16th, 2012, 12:08 AM
toxic :confused: I too have eaten some over the last year. cant seem to find anything online bout them being toxic tho?

Chugwhump
July 16th, 2012, 07:27 AM
Whoa? Toxic? I have eaten two of them last year. -- off to google.


toxic :confused: I too have eaten some over the last year. cant seem to find anything online bout them being toxic tho?

Suckers.

Chug
Eats 'em.

Orlando Eric
July 16th, 2012, 12:23 PM
Hey Chug!! You got me! Hours of googling looking all over for something that was not there. I owe you for that one. You are on the list. :o

Zaixon
July 16th, 2012, 01:49 PM
Suckers.

Chug
Eats 'em.

:bash::doh::fishslap:

lol good one

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