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Lobster & Lionfish go together / P. 10

The devil is in the details / P. 23

Advice on finding a ‘Honey Hole’ / P. 12

What’s for dinner? Lobster enchilada / P. 26

Bullynetting: Catch ’em at night / P. 16

Gadgets for the boat / P. 36

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Know The Where’s Weekly Staff report

In an effort to cut back on turf wars, most cities in the Keys have invoked a special rule to keep down the neighbor-on-neighbor fights by establishing a ‘no-go’ zone.

here are many places in the Keys where it’s illegal to take lobster any time of year. Let’s say you find a lobster poking out of a “casita,” or artificial habitat in state waters ... can’t have it. Don’t try lobstering in either Biscayne Bay or Card Sound, either; it’s against the law. And don’t look for lobster in the Dry Tortugas National Park or the Everglades National Park. And then there’s the areas within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary that are also off limits. Most are Sanctuary Preservations Areas and are helpfully marked with a big round yellow buoy, but stay out of the Special Use Research Only Areas and the Ecological Reserves, too. There’s two other areas where lobstering is verboten. The first is the tiny town of Layton in the Middle Keys. No person shall remove by any means — trap, diving, etc. — any lobster from waters within city limits during sport or regular season. (But it is okay to unload your catch at a Layton dock if it was obtained legally in another part of the Keys.) The second is John Pennekamp State Park. No one is allowed to lobster during sports season. During regular season, it’s illegal to take lobster from natural coral formations or from the park’s special “Lobster Exclusion Zones” that are marked with white and orange spar buoys. So, if you come across a fabulous lobster hole and there’s nobody else around, chances are you’ve stumbled into the danger zone. So, just don’t. Pull anchor and get.


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‘No’ x 3 • Don’t take pregnant lobster. • Don’t spear lobster. (Think about it. By the time it’s been shot, it’s too late to discover Mr. Lobster is too short.) • Don’t mess with lobster traps. It’s a felony to rob a commercial fishermen of his livelihood.

‘Yes’ x 1 • It is okay to snorkel or dive for lobster in front of one’s home in Key West or unincorporated Monroe County, but don’t wander out of range. Lobsterers are allowed to the center-line of the canal or 100 feet out in open water during sport and regular seasons.

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Stay away In an effort to cut back on turf wars, most cities in the Keys have invoked a special rule to keep down the neighbor-on-neighbor fights and, especially, the resident-on-visitor quarrels. Essentially, it establishes a “no go” zone to keep lobster hunters away from private property. In the following areas, there is no diving or snorkeling within 300 feet of enhanced residential or commercial shoreline, any manmade or private canal, any public or private marina. • In Marathon: During sport season only. • In Key Colony Beach: There is no lobstering within city limits during sport season, plus 4 days before and 10 days after regular season begins. During that time, no snorkeling or diving is allowed in city waters for safety reasons. • Islamorada: During sport season, plus 3 days before and 5 days after regular season begins. • Key West & unincorporated Monroe County: During sport season, plus 3 days before and 5 days after regular season begins.


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Local control is working, every lionfish we take out of the water counts, even if it’s only one or two. —Lad Akins, director at REEF in Islamorada.

Lobster & Lionfish: A delicious pair By Kristen Livengood

Photo by: KRISTEN LIVENGOOD/Keys Weekly

enomous spines and bright colors shouldn’t deter divers from a lobster’s best companion on the dinner the table – the lionfish. When searching for lobster tentacles swaying in the underwater currents, the invasive lionfish is usually not too far from the honey hole. While delicious on a dinner plate (especially next to a lobster tail), the big deal with lionfish is that they have an insatiable appetite – eating anything smaller than itself and as many as 20 reef fish in 30 minutes, and females spew two million eggs per year with no natural predators. To catch lionfish, a simple pole spear works best, although they can also be caught with nets and spearguns. Cleaning them can be tricky, but worth it. Marathon commercial lionfisher Rachel Bowman says first and foremost to handle them carefully and, for first timers, it’s a good idea to clip the venomous spines. Other than that, lionfish are fileted like any other fish. With no limits, seasons, or size restrictions, lionfish are slow moving targets and have a taste compared to hogfish, snapper and grouper – mild, white, flaky and delicious.

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In Marathon, Tilden’s Spines and Spiny Tournament takes place during sport season. It’s a good way to get into lionfishing while lobstering, with major prizes for top lionfish and lobster hunters.

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• Jan - June 2016 compared to same time last year market stats. • COMPETITIVE market analysis for your property. • EVERY DAY UNTIL IT’S SOLD marketing plan which is proven to sell 1 out of every 3 homes in Marathon for last 10 years. • And a net sheet – which shows what you would put in your pocket after paying the closing cost for the transaction. With 40 CLOSED deals year-to-date and 26 currently UNDER CONTRACT and set to close in the next 90 days - If you’re considering listing your property, shouldn’t you contact an agent who puts about 2 properties per week under contract?






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500 82nd Street, Marathon This is literally the lowest priced 3 bedroom home in the entire city of Marathon! New roof in 2014, most of the windows have been replaced with impact windows, paved driveway, large fenced in yard with double swing gate on side for boat or trailer storage, pergola in back yard with huge shade tree big enough to build treehouse in. Place is clean and ready to move into, large tile throughout, whirlpool front load washer and dryer comes with, hooked up to sewer. $271,000 CIN AN FIN BLE LERVAILA L E S A




111 Stirrup Key Road, 2A2, Marathon On stilts, plenty of off street covered parking, property is nicely shaded and located right in center of town, bike path right across the street, 2 large bedrooms each with large closets, Under stairs storage, half bath on main living floor, very affordable and if you’re looking for a long term rental, these tenants are great and very accommodating and would love to continue to rent unit. $189,000









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CURRENT SOLDS: 261 3rd Street, Key Colony Beach 1700 Manor Lane, Marathon 60 S. Conch Avenue, Conch Key

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Lot 93, Stirrup Key 2010 building plans on file- they will have to be updated but will give you something to work with so you can get started with permitting. If you’re building a primary residence, more than likely permit in about 6 months. This 13k square foot lot comes with a deeded dock right across the street. Swim platform can be permitted on the backside of property and this is located in a gated sub-division. Survey available and seller is ready to sell. $349,000

CURRENT PENDINGS: Vacant Lot, Mockingbird Lane, Marathon 500 70th Street, Gulf, Marathon 424 Harbour Drive, Duck Key 335 Orange Avenue, Grassy Key 451 89th Street, Ocean, Marathon 113 Stirrup Key Woods Rd, 3A2

TOW METHOD If your vessel allows for a safe tow, secure a tow line to a cleat located aft. Make sure the length of the line allows for divers to be out of the wake and away from the propeller. Divers need gloves, tickle stick, net, and lobster gauge on hand. At a safe speed, the vessel should tow divers while they scan the bottom for favorable terrain. Once a spot has been located, divers should let go of the rope and await the vessel’s return. Spotters have the sole duty of watching divers during tow and recovery. Once the vessel has circled around, drop dive flag, mark spot on GPS, and hunt. Safety is paramount, and recognizing hazards requires a vigilant diver, spotter, and captain.

The Honey Hole Top 5 tricks to find new spots By Gabriel Sanchez

DRONE METHOD Technology is changing the way fisherman and divers hunt. Take drones, for example. Attached cameras serve as an eye in the sky, adding a tool for tech-savvy hunters. Aside from the obvious risk of turning the drone into a submarine, this method allows for an aerial view of terrain on clear days. STUDY THE CHARTS There are plenty of charts available that have inshore locations already marked. Studying the charts can be very helpful in determining which areas are vastly unexplored. If you notice a high volume of spots inshore, it may be worth exploring adjacent areas. Inshore waters are also home to younger and not yet fully matured lobsters. As a lobster matures, it migrates offshore into deeper waters. DEEP BLUE Practice going deep. As the matured lobster reach the offshore reefs, the number of predators they encounter is reduced. The now larger lobsters will find refuge along the more complex coral rock formations in deeper waters. Being able to dive deeper in Atlantic waters can be the keys to pulling up some large “bugs.” For safety reasons, divers should be accompanied in the water. CAPTAIN’S DRINK Keeping spots secret is key to assuring the longevity of a “honey hole.” Often, locations are passed down from generation to generation. However, Keys locals are friendly and always willing to help new fisherman. The night prior to a hunt, hit the town and find a “locals spot.” After offering to hear some fish tales (locals love to tell them), simply ask for advice on locating a new spot, and repay their kindness by offering to purchase their next refreshment. Repeat three times and, voila, you now have grid coordinates and a new friend.


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Licensed Vacation Rental, 100’ Dock, Pool and extra land area. 555 70th Street, Gulf, Marathon 5/3 • 3,434 SF • $1,375,000 MLS# 570757

Sport season lasts from 12:01 a.m. on July 27 to midnight on July 28.

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The minimum length of the carapace of a legalsize lobster.

number of lionfish harvested to earn an extra lobster per day, per coinholder. Coins are issued by FWC in advance.

Size of a tropical rock lobster caught in 2014 by Zheng Lee Pan off China. He sold it at auction for $95,325.

24,000,000 Dockside value of Florida spiny lobster in 2012.

Cost of a lobster stamp on the fishing license.

Spacious with end of the Canal views, Vacation rental licensed. 330 E. Ocean Drive, Key Colony 2/3 • 1,340 SF • 31’ dock $547,000 • MLS# 570214

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• Cost of annual saltwater fishing license for Florida residents. • Cost of a three-day saltwater fishing license for out-of-state visitor.

20 x 24 inches: Size of regulation dive flag that is displayed from a vessel or structure. (12 x 12 inches is allowed for a float or buoy.)

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Bully Netting

By Kristen Livengood

The Dark Side of Lobster Season

he shallows after dark shine a whole new light on grassy beds harboring lobster as they make their nightly walks to new grounds and to feed. Done in four feet of water or less, bully netting happens at night, uses a long-poled hooped net with underwater lights, and a pair of good eyes to bring lobster on the boat. Some people can use flashlights above the water, looking for glowing eyes, but the process works better with lights under the water.


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Some tips from local bully netters include keeping the net part pointed toward the fisherman’s body so the part where the net and pole connects hits the lobster’s tentacles. They suggest going slowly into the water but then pushing down fast over the lobster when right above it. The point is to hit the frame of the net on the lobster’s tentacles so it spooks the lobster and it shoots back into the net. Once in the net, pull aboard to measure.

Another tip: don’t use super bright lights, because it will reflect the silt in the water making it harder to see. The plus side of bully netting is lobster hunters won’t get a sunburn. It’s cooler in the evenings than during the day. And, usually no one has to get their hair wet.

Bully Netting Supplies: • Shallow draft boat • Underwater lights • Bully Net • Lobster measuring gauge • Good eyes

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SAFETY The Florida Keys host tens of thousands of visitors during the twoday mini lobster season. Both safety and nerves are an issue, and accidents can occur both on and off the water. Fly your dive flag (or float your dive device) and stay close to it when anchored. Be watchful of other dive flags and people in the water when motoring.

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Be careful yourself when in the water. And do a head count before pulling anchor.

Double check that you have all the safety equipment aboard before leaving the dock — flares, horn, dive flag, life vests, etc. There’s a good chance you will get inspected. If you’re flagged, respond to the officers with courtesy; they are just doing their job.

Do not rely on a cellphone — know how to use the VHF radio. If you are taking a cell phone, invest in a Life Proof case or dry bag.

Learn proper boat ramp etiquette. The foremost goal is to spend as little time as possible launching the boat and taking up space at the courtesy dock.

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581 East Ocean Drive Unit 18, Key Colony Beach Sunset Beach Club! Very nice and fully furnished 2 bedroom, 2 bath unit with a great view of the Ocean and the pool. This unit is currently in the rental program and has great potential. Great on-site management. Contact Lynn Goodwin at 305-923-9487. $365,000 MLS 570699

141 10th Street Key Colony Beach Adorable ground level 3 bedroom 2 bath half duplex. Totally new kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops. Screened in porch adds extra room for entertaining. Please call Lynn Goodwin at 305-923-9487. $614,000 MLS 570909

201 20th Street Ocean, Marathon COMMERCIAL FISHING ZONING Situated on a large lot, Fish House + Single Family attached home. Live & work on your own property in Fishermen’s Pointe, this is a rare opportunity, large protected boat slip for up to a 55’ Commercial Boat $590,000.00. MLS 571022 Call Clara Mayette at 305-395-2095

201 20th Street Ocean, Marathon LARGE COMMERCIAL FISHING ZONED VACANT LOT Great location, Approximately 10,260 Sq. Ft. of land, work shed, deep water dockage for a large boat up to 55’, located at Fishermen’s Pointe. $350,000.00. MLS 571021 Call Clara Mayette at 305-395-2095

280 11th Street, Key Colony Beach Price Reduced – Spotless and well maintained 3 bedroom, 3 bath (split bedroom/bath) half duplex. Unit never rented. C/A/H, ceiling fans, new air compressor and appliances. Furnished and tiled throughout. East facing canal frontage, carport and brick paver driveway. 37.5 ft. concrete seawall with wood step-down and 12,000lb. boat lift. CBS construction, tiled patio and hurricane shutters. 1367 sq. ft. living area. MLS 570141 $628,000 Easy to show. Call Roy Haase at 305-766-0902

Casa Clara Unit 1-307, Key Colony Beach Beautiful, top floor, oceanfront 2 bedroom 2 bath unit. Two balconies with spectacular ocean views. Unit is in great condition. White sandy beach, fishing pier, fabulous pool, tennis court and on-site manager. Easy to Show. Contact Marina Cala at 305-766-9543. $495,000 MLS 571139

930 West 75th Street, Marathon Canal front 4 bedroom 2 bath single family home. Rental ready in a desirable neighborhood. Hardwood kitchen cabinets and granite counters. 75' of dockage and plenty of room for a pool. Furniture is negotiable. Contact Lynn Goodwin at 305-923-9487. $799,000 MLS 570482

6099 Overseas Hwy, Lot 103, Marathon Affordable living in the Florida Keys. Enjoy all of the amenities that Keys RV Park has to offer including a community boat ramp, laundry facilities, Tiki hut, recreation area, showers, picnic tables and open water views. Contact Lynn Goodwin at 305-923-9487.$118,000 MLS 571115

SALES 305-289-0621 RENTALS 305-743-6226 220 Sadowski Causeway, Key Colony Beach

284 Orange Avenue, Grassy Key Have it all and more in this 1995 square foot single family home. 3 bedrooms 2 full baths. Great for entertaining, large living room and large eat-in kitchen. Private master suite with private covered porch. This home is situated on a double lot. $355,000 Please contact Tobe Creed at 305-731-3938 MLS 571033

Casa Clara Unit 1-209, Key Colony Beach OPEN OCEAN VIEWS & RIGHT OVER THE BEACH. WIDER UNIT WITH MORE SPACE. 2 Bedroom 2 Bath updated kitchen and bath, washer/dryer combo in unit. Wonderful Sandy Beach, Very Large Pool, Fishing Pier, Tennis Court, Shuffleboard, Elevator & Resident Manager, located in Key Colony Beach. Asking $489,000. Lynn Goodwin 305-923-9487. MLS 569826

943 30th Street, Ocean, Marathon Very spacious 4 bedroom 3 bath, ground level single family home, fully furnished, 150 ft. of wood dock and a pool. Located on a quiet street with great water views. Currently in the vacation rental program. Contact Marina Cala at 305-766-9543. $975,000 MLS 571276

311 5th Street, Key Colony Beach Stilted half-duplex with 2 bedroom, 2 bath (upstairs) and 1 bedroom, 1 bath (downstairs). 2164 total square feet all above flood. High ceilings, full crown molding and diagonally set tile throughout. Interior and exterior stairways, accordion shutters, metal roof, dockside patio, second floor porch, covered parking. Downstairs has large entertainment area and private entrance. 30’ cement seawall and bulkhead. Walking distance to Cabana Club, Havana Jacks, Key Colony Inn and Sparky’s. MLS 568181 $675,000 Call Roy Haase at 305-766-0902

3960 Mary Road, Big Pine Key CHECK OUT THIS SPECTACULAR OPEN WATER VIEW FROM THIS BIG PINE KEY HOME WITH A POOL ON THE DECK. Set up in a Beach style 3 bedroom 2 bath home with a great porch to relax on or in the pool & take in the magnificent water views. Carport for multiple cars, and low maintenance yard. Rental ready. $549,950. Ask for Lynn Goodwin 305-923-9487. MLS 570313

220 10th Street, Key Colony Beach Spacious and open 2 bedroom 2 bath half duplex on large lot. Over 1400 square feet of living space. Plenty of storage space and an outside work shed. Located in great neighborhood. Contact Lynn Goodwin at 305-923-9487. $475,000 MLS 569875

315 25th Street, Marathon Best price for stilted 3BR/2.5BA single family home in gated community w/Pool. Covered parking for 2 cars, Silestone kitchen counters, Off-kitchen Breakfast area, large pantry, & laundry closet. Master has 2 double closets. Accordian & Rolladen shutters. Price at $289,000. Call Tobe Creed at 305-731-3938. MLS 568263


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Brown is the new orange By Sara Matthis


’m on edge, man, with all the “look-see” drive-bys going on right now. Ton of strangers in my ’hood, just cruising around and looking, like they’re marking this spot for mayhem later. I mean, it wasn’t easy when I was a short, either. I was like always on the look out for the moray eels and nurse sharks, damn predators. Course, now I’m a little bigger but I still won’t risk going out during the day, man; it’s enough to just hang by the window to see what’s up, and sometimes even that isn’t safe.

A lot of my homies have “disappeared” if you know what I mean. It’s like as soon as we get old enough to hang out, suddenly my buddies are gone. It’s like the Dirty War and the Argentines, man. If my mother could hold a protest sign, believe me, she would. More than 300,000 of us vanish in two days. It’s a terrifying surf and turf war. When we do get together, we talk about defending ourselves. The best thing is to just hole up — think deep, think dark. Make those jerks think twice about reaching into the hole, you know what I mean? If you do get caught up in the open, slam that bad boy in reverse and take off. Don’t look back, guy, just keep going. You could be ricocheting off pilings, but don’t stop for anything. It’s every man for himself out there. I don’t know if it’s true, man, but I keep hearing some scary crap about what happens if you touch the butt. Like those guys throw you in boiling water, like total scenes of Abu Ghraib, man. And this next part, I’m almost too scared to say it, but they use our own antenna to gut us. It’s like, hello, Geneva Convention? United Nations? Anybody care about us at all? #LobsterLivesMatter

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JUST THE FACTS Little details matter when lobster hunting Weekly Staff report


obsters must be of legal size before they are in possession. You may not have lobster in your possession — at all — in Everglades National Park. • The federal bag limit cannot be combined with the state bag limit. • Egg-bearing (berried) spiny lobster and ridged slipper lobster (also commonly known as shovelhead or bulldozer lobster) must be released unharmed. Stripping egg-bearing females of eggs, and possession of spiny or ridged slipper lobster tails from which eggs have been removed, is prohibited. Eggs are an orange, yellow, brown or red mass found covering the underside of the lobster’s tail. • Gear such as spears, hooks, wire snares and any device which could puncture, penetrate or crush the shell of the lobster is prohibited. It is illegal to spearfish for lobster. • Bully-netting is defined as using a circular frame attached at a right angle to the end of a pole and supporting a conical bag of webbing. Possession of bully nets is prohibited in Everglades National Park. • Hoop-netting is defined as using a frame, circular or otherwise, supporting a shallow bag of webbing and suspended by a line and bridles. Possession of hoop nets is prohibited in Everglades National Park. • Recreational harvesters are required to possess a valid Florida saltwater fishing license with a current lobster stamp. They can be purchased online at or by calling 1-888-HUNT-FLORIDA (486-8356). The stamps cost $5; so, no excuses. • It is a felony to molest, damage, or take lobster from commercial traps in state or federal waters. • When divers and snorkelers are in the water, it is required to prominently display a diver flag. • Spiny Lobster must have a minimum carapace length of greater than 3-inches and the measurement must take place in the water. The carapace is measured beginning at the forward edge between the rostral horns, excluding soft tissue and proceeding along the middle to the rear edge of the carapace. All recreationally harvested lobster must remain in whole condition while at sea. • It is illegal to create “artificial habitat” — cement blocks, pipes and other debris intentionally placed to provide cover and habitat for spiny lobsters. • Egg-bearing (berried) lobster must be released unharmed. 23




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The only time a female can mate is right after molting. The semen is stored in the female’s body until she produces eggs. That’s when the eggs are fertilized.

The big antennae are for fighting. The small antennules are sensory organs.

Keys lobsters sometimes undergo long migratory marches. When “marching,” the lobsters line up in single file and walk out in the open for as far as 30 miles 25

Lobster Enchilada

By Gabriel Sanchez

A popular dish for lovers of all things lobster, is the lobster enchilada. There are many variations to this long standing dish that give the recipe its own identity. Experiment using a variety of different sauces and garnishes to perfect a style all your own. This particular recipe has a bit of a Latin flavor, inspired by my mom. INGREDIENTS (serves two) 3 medium tails 1 red onion, small 1 tomato ½ cup of white wine ½ green pepper 1/3 cup cilantro 3 tablespoons Ragu tomato sauce tortillas garnish: cilantro, jalapeños, lime, etc.

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DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Use the lobster antenna to remove the digestive tract and, with shell intact, cut each tail into three pieces. Chop onion, green pepper, tomato, and cilantro. In a large, deep skillet heat virgin olive oil then sauté peppers, onion, and tomato for 5 minutes. Add Ragu sauce, wine, and cilantro into veggies, allowing to cook for 8 to 10 minutes. Stir lobster tails in skillet, lower the heat to low flame, and cook covered for 10 minutes. Remove lobster tails from skillet, remove shell, dice and arrange into tortilla, rolling the concoction and laying them side by side into a small backing dish. Cover the tortillas with the sautéed vegetables to cover tortillas. Cover with shredded Mexican style cheeses and hot sauce to taste. Bake for 5 minutes and then garnish with avocado, jalapeños and extra cilantro. Serve with rice, beans, sweet plantains, and a cold beer.

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Haggling about price with the marine mechanic who is saving your (expletive deleted) season.

Asking a restaurant to cook a lobster that’s the size of a shrimp.

Captaining the boat like a “googan” — an overloaded vessel, improperly equipped, running too fast and too near other boats and divers.


Touching the coral (or our women).


Using a flare gun to ward off “poachers” at “your” lobster hole.

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Wringing the lobsters and leaving the carcasses to fester in nearshore waters.

Repurposing the hotel’s bathtub as an impromptu barbecue grill.


Complaining about HOW WE DO THINGS HERE if you are from out of town.

Not greasing the bearings on the boat trailer before leaving Miami-Dade, causing the wheels to lock up and generating a threehour traffic jam on the 18-Mile Stretch.



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Visit the Info Booth Contributed n information booth geared to help travelers coming to the Florida Keys for lobster miniseason is to open at Key Largo's Waldorf Plaza, MM 100 oceanside, near the top of the Florida Keys Overseas Highway. Planned hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday through Tuesday, July 23-26. Officials from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary will staff the booth to show lobster enthusiasts how to measure their harvest properly and provide information on the latest lobster-catching rules and regulations. The booth is to be established in the parking lot adjacent to Divers Direct at Waldorf Plaza on the right shoulder of the northbound lanes of U.S. Highway 1. Traditionally, thousands of Keys visitors and residents participate in the lobster mini-season. Wildlife officials emphasize that it's important to catch lobsters responsibly and protect their habitats. Officials also said divers should be in good health and make sure their dive and boating gear have been verified to be in good working order before submerging. Florida lobster mini-season begins at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, July 27, and ends at midnight Thursday, July 28. The regular season begins at 12:01 a.m. Aug. 6. Visit floridakeys.noaa/regs/mc_lobster.pdf for more details.

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or the latest in marine technology, the Weekly turned to Rene Armesto at A.R. Marine Electronics in the Upper Keys. Although the business has been in existence for more than a few years, it opened its first storefront at MM 105 in Key Largo. It sells and services Most major brands of electronics with a wide variety of gadgets ranging from GPS devices to satellite TV systems so the serious far-reaching angler can still have access to TV. — Weekly Staff report

THE GARMIN DOWNVÜ SIDEVÜ Although this has been on the market for a few years, it’s not outdated technology. The device allows fishermen a more detailed view of what’s under the boat, along with what’s to the side. The split-view screen is especially handy. And the resolution is pretty incredible due to the CHIRP technology which relies on a range of frequencies. It’s an add-on for some existing Garmin devices and may require the installation an additional transducer to the hull of the boat. Cost ranges from $200 to $1,500 depending on existing equipment.

BOAT ALARM There’s more than one alarm company selling systems for boats, and the service can be as basic or as complex as an owner would want. T H Marine, for example, sells a two-way alarm starting at about $200, but the high-end options can include high-water alarms, sirens and strobe lights and tracking systems. The cost ranges from $200 to $3,500 plus a monthly service cost. (FYI, most insurance companies require a tracking device on triple-engine boats.)

GARMIN BLUECHART G2 VISION CHART A couple of hundred extra dollars and the captain can enable the “guide to” feature on his Garmin GPS. This will enable the system to create a safe route to his waypoint based on his vessel’s inputted safe depth to stay away from the dangerous shallow waters. (Those straight lines don’t work as well when there’s a reef in the way.) This add-on software (about $300) contains not only geographical data but, aerial photos of different inlets and marinas along with fuel and dining locations.

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he Florida Keys hosts tens of thousands of visitors during the two-day lobster mini season. Both safety and nerves are an issue, and accidents can occur both on and off the water. Give some thought to the points below before heading out on the water.

Keep off the reef • When free diving or scuba diving for lobster, it is important to practice good buoyancy and avoid making contact with the reef. Be aware of where you kick your fins, secure any dangling gauges and regulators, and be careful not to knock into coral in your pursuit of lobster. Fragile corals can be damaged by careless divers. Stash your trash • If your lunch or afternoon snack creates waste, be sure to keep it secure on the boat until you can dispose of it on land. Litter can suffocate or entangle marine animals. Always remember: if it doesn’t grow in the ocean, it doesn’t go in the ocean.


Know the water • Pick up a copy of the official Monroe County lobster harvest regulations and familiarize yourself with the specially managed areas (See page 32). Also, remember this rhyme: “Brown, brown, run aground. White, white, you just might. Blue, blue, sail on through. Green, green, nice and clean.” (In other words, the color of the water is an important navigation tool.) Be aware of activity around the boat • The captain of the vessel should have a “swivel head” — constantly checking the maritime activity in the vicinity. Every boat must display a dive flag or device when divers are in the water, and should carefully navigate around other vessels displaying same. Be aware of the current conditions, low and high tide, and drift. The captain should keep track of his or her own divers in the water and do a head count before pulling anchor so no one is left behind.

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Watch for turtles • There are five species of endangered or threatened turtles that love the Keys as much as lobster hunters. The number one thing humans can do is keep litter out of the water – both regular trash like plastic bags and monofilament fishing line are a danger to turtles because they will eat anything. Also, captains should be on the lookout for turtles who are surfacing to breathe. A highimpact crash could kill or seriously injure a turtle. If you find an injured turtle, call The Turtle Hospital’s 24-hour hotline at 305-481-7669 or call FWC at 1-888-404-FWCC. Have the right equipment • Double check that you have all the safety equipment aboard before leaving the dock — flares, horn, dive flag, life vests, etc. Don’t rely on a cellphone — know how to use the VHF marine radio. If you are taking a cell phone, invest in a Life Proof case or dry bag. You must have a lobster-measuring gauge onboard, too. There’s a good chance you will get inspected. If you’re flagged, respond to the officers with courtesy; they are just doing their job.

Be courteous at the ramp • Learn proper boat ramp etiquette. The foremost goal is to spend as little time as possible launching the boat and taking up space at the courtesy dock. That usually requires two people — one to back the trailer up and down the ramp and the other to navigate the boat on and off the trailer. All preparations should be done before the boat is at the ramp (coolers loaded, straps removed) in an adjacent area. The same applies when the boat is pulled from the water: move away from the ramp to another area to tie the boat to the trailer, remove the drain plug, etc. Weekly Staff report

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