July 27 & 28, 2011 are the dates for the 2011 lobster season and mini-season beginning at 12:01 am on Wednesday and ending at 12 midnight on Thursday
The regular lobster season of 2011-2012 starts August 6, 2011 and closes march 31, 2012.
Florida spiny lobster can be caught by many different methods and we have the experts to teach these methods at our lobster seminars. All necessary tools can be purchased at Bass Pro Shops for a successful catch.
Make a weekend of it. Imagine spending part of the day catching lobsters and the other fishing for Dolphin, yellowtails and snappers. Spend one day with our pros and you will learn how to make this one of the most fun trips of your life.
Catching the dolphin:
July 23 @ 2pm
July 24 @ Noon
The dolphin (mahi mahi) season is in full swing from August, September and into October. We will show the best lures, rigged baits, proper tackle (rods, reels) and where to catch these wonderful and exciting pelagics.
Advanced bully - netting:
July 23 @ 1pm
July 24 @ 3pm
Put away your sun block and dive gear and come learn first hand the latest techniques and hottest locations to deploy the "bully - net" for catching spiny lobster! Learn how to customize your net and score big from a veteran of the sport Lou Volpe. Lou will illustrate the nuances of how to capture the illusive spiny lobster.
Bottom fishing galore:
July 23 @ Noon
July 24 @ 2pm
If bottom fishing is more to your liking, our pros will provide everything you will need to know in order to catch mutton snappers, yellowtails, mangrove snappers as well as the proper tackle and best places to fish for them.
Diving safely for spiny lobster:
July 23 @ 3pm
July 24 @ 1pm
If you are planning to dive for lobster, snorkel, during the 2 day Sport Lobster Season you must know how to lobster dive safely and within the rules. There are a number of new rules in effect and they change depending where you are diving for lobster during the Mini Lobster Season. You will also need to know what equipment you’ll need and how to locate the lobster. So if diving for lobster sounds the way to go come on down and learn from the experts.
Net casting workshop:
July 23 @ 4pm
July 24 @ 4pm
Live bait is becoming the most proficient way to catch more fish. How to throw a cast net, the legal size for the different openings of 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 or over 1 inch mesh for the type of bait you will be catching. Bass pro shop has all the best cast nets and i will teach the proper method of how to cast any size net. Remember bring your cast net with you so you can practice with the pros.
About our experts:
Bass Pro Shops Pro Staff since 2008, Captain Brian has over 40 years of experience fishing the Florida's Everglades, Biscayne Bay, Florida Bay and the Keys. A licensed and permitted guide for the Everglades National Park System by the US Department of the Interior, he knows the south Florida waters and where to go to catch fish. He is also a Coast Guard-licensed and award-winning expert guide who has taught hundreds of clients how to fish. Find out more about Capt. Brian at www.Floridabayfishing.com
Lou Volpe is a south Florida native and accomplished angler both on the inshore and offshore grounds including the Bahamas. Lou has had the privilege to be part of the largest and most successful running educational saltwater seminar in the nation for the past eighteen years, the saltwater sportsman national seminar series. In addition, for the last ten years Lou has been intimately involved in the production of one of the most popular running salt water fishing shows in the nation; George Poveromo's world of saltwater fishing. With these experiences and many of his own, Lou has had the opportunity to travel throughout the country and many parts of the world to fish and hone his skills along with the best in the sport. Lou can be found in pursuit of many species ranging from dolphin, sailfish and kings to cobia, snook, trout and reds, not to mention shrimp, lobster and scallops. Look for Lou on the east coast of Florida aboard his Mako 221, Dab-a-Doo or on the west coast of Florida aboard his Mako 2201, Dab-a-Doo II.