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Anna Maria Island Spiny Lobster Season

Anna Maria Island – The 2015/2016 Spiny Lobster season is always a treat for seafood lovers! Starting August 6, 2015 thorough March 31, 2016 Spiny Lobster season is open to those holding a recreation saltwater fishing license with spiny lobster permit.

As trapping is an illegal method of harvest, fishing for Spiny Lobster is a delicate process, but well worth the effort. Most commonly, for non commercial fishing, Spiny Lobster are caught by hand with a net. Using a snorkel mask, individuals dive down to the ocean floor, looking for the tell tail Lobster antenna peaking out from under rocks and coral. Using what is called a tickle stick technique, Lobsters are coaxed out from under their hiding spots by lightly tapping their back. Once the Lobster starts to walk out of its hiding spot they are scooped up in a net, and brought to the surface. Below is a video on how to catch Spiny Lobster.

Not all Spiny Lobster are eligible for harvest. It is illegal to harvest egg bearing lobster and lobsters with a carpace less than 3 inches in length. The carpace is the area of the lobster connecting the head and legs to the tail as pictured below. It is extremely important to be sure the measuring device you use is correct, and illegal lobsters are thrown back.

Spiny Lobster Carpace
Florida Fish and Wildlife Spiny Lobster carpace measurement chart.

When harvesting Spiny Lobster they must be caught whole.  It is illegal to separate the tail and body in state waters. During season individuals may catch up to 12 Spiny Lobsters per person. The State of Florida does allow an exception to this rule. One additional Spiny Lobster can be harvested if the individual catches 10 lion fish.

Buying Spiny Lobster

When purchasing Spiny Lobster they may also be reffered to as warm water lobster. Spiny Lobster have sweet tender meat perfect for many applications and are served best split down the middle. Spiny Lobster lack front claws, and have a slightly harder shell.

Looking for Spiny Lobster on Anna Maria Island? Head over to the Beach Bistro located at 6600 Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach. Beach Bistro’s “Lobstercargots”  are lush chunks of Florida spiny lobster. Slow cooked in a crock with herbed spinach and seasoned garlic butter.

Happy Spiny Lobster Season!

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Shop in Paradise At Publix Super Market On Anna Maria Island

There are lots if great restaurants on Anna Maria Island but you can’t eat out every night of the week. Lucky for you Anna Maria Island has Publix Super Market.  It is an Anna Maria Island full service Super Market with a great deli, bakery, meat department, fresh produce, fresh fruit and fresh seafood.

Publix Super Market is located at 3900 East Bay Drive in Holmes Beach just south of Manatee Avenue.

It is a great place to pick up supplies for a month or just one meal. You will find an excellent selection of meat, seafood, produce, and fresh fruit. If you are in the mood for a quick lunch or snack, stop  at the deli and grab a sandwich, they will make it to your liking.

Boars Head Anna Maria Island

I order mine with Boars Head Mesquite Turkey, salami, extra sharp cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles, and mayo, you should try one!  They have fountain drinks, and refrigerated beverages, as well.  You can even pick up one or two of your favorite bottles of wine, wine coolers, cider, lager and cold beer.

Publix deli also has great prepared foods like fried chicken, potato salad and ready-made sandwiches. (you  In the bakery you will find excellent cakes, doughnuts, bagels, fresh breads, and other tasty treats.

Contact Publix Bakery and Deli Anna Maria Island

You can call ahead to 941-778-5422 to both the bakery and deli and they will have your items ready for pick up.  They can customize your cakes for birthday parties and events.  Check out some of the amazing  selections from Publix Bakery.

There is always something on special at the seafood counter, and they will even steam your pick for you, free while you are shopping.  We like to enjoy those tasty Gulf shrimp, steamed with either Old Bay Seasoning or Cajun spices.

Right next to the Seafood counter, you will find the fresh Sushi.  Sushi is rolled fresh every morning, even on the weekends.  Grab your favorite spicy or savory combo, and some chopstix, and enjoy!

The Anna Maria Island Publix has all your Super Market needs.

You can grab anything from deodorant and cotton balls, to pet food and plastic baggies.  There are coolers, and coozies, lottery tickets, and lazy day reading.  The lobby boasts beach supplies like cover ups, hats, pool toys and beach floats.  Customer Service will even blow them up for you.  There’s a Redbox Movie Rental Box too.  Grab a flyer from the rack that will give you a list of all the Buy 1 Get 1 Free specials for that week, and head inside for all your supplies.

If you are looking for the perfect restaurant, shopping, fishing, entertainment check in with one of our Anna Maria Island Vacation Rental Specialist.  Make sure that you get the most out of your Anna Maria Island Vacation. We have beach house rentals all over Anna Maria Island.  Call Island Real Estate today 877-778-6066 and book your island getaway!

Publix Super Market

3900 East Bay Drive

Holmes Beach, FL  34217