If you can't stand the site of those Yankee Maine lobsters killing time in a cramped holding tank, claws rubber-banded, waiting for the boil pot, there is a more sporting method of scoring the taste of the tender water "bugs": Go native and bag your own Florida spiny lobsters in their ocean habitat.
Like clockwork, hunting season officially opens Aug. 6 and continues through March 31. In addition to a thirst for adventure, all that's needed is scuba gear, proper licensing and bountiful waters.
Square the legal stuff at the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (888-347-4356; or sun6.dms.sate.fl.us.gfc/
fishing/license.html). Then learn the rules at www.siesystems.com/
Next up is planning a suitable trip, from a travel-agent-styled pampered outing on a dive boat that handles all the messy stuff, to a down-and-dirty DIY camp-out.