Man cited for spearing illegal lobster

A 44-year-old Miami man was cited Sunday afternoon for illegally spearing undersized and out-of-season lobster on the Channel Five Bridge.

Julio Acosta was cited for possession of eight out-of-season wrung lobster tails, possession of six undersized lobster tails, possession of over-the-limit lobsters, possession of speared lobster, having no measuring device, having no fishing license and having no dive flag.

Marine Deputy Willie Guerra was on patrol at 12:30 p.m. when he spotted a person, later identified as Acosta, diving without a dive flag on the north end of the Channel Five Bridge. Deputy Guerra watched as Acosta speared a lobster and place the lobster in his short’s pocket. Deputy Guerra then approached and asked to see Acosta’s catch. Eight wrung lobster tails were found in his possession.

Regular lobster season runs from Aug. 6 — March 31. The daily bag limit is six lobsters. Spearing lobsters is illegal any day of the year. For more information about lobster regulations visit www.myfwc.com/fishing/salwater/recreational/lobster/