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Updated: 08/21/2014 08:00:02AM

Travel or stay home: It’s all good

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fl-lobster-miniseason-broward-0724-2: Free diver Jason Strub from Pembroke Pines shows off the two lobsters he caught on the opening day of lobster mini-season Wednesday morning. Conditions for the first day of lobster miniseason are gorgeous. A light breeze, flat calm seas, good visibility in the water, plenty of lobsters and not that many boats created a good conditions for hunting lobsters. Photos by Taimy Alvarez, Sun Sentinel

By Capt. Van Hubbard

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We are blessed to live in paradise even if it is a little warm (OK, it’s very hot). If you want to cool off, you can go up into the mountains or just explore our Big Bend area’s spring-fed waters to chill. The spring waters stay a refreshing 69 degrees year-round. Snorkel for scallops or just wine and dine. They still have great clams around Cedar Key. Or try the other extreme cruise — south to visit the Florida Keys, where you can dive up some crawfish (or bugs, to locals).

You can’t get away? Not to worry — since so many of the locals are gone, there’s also great fishing here at home. Our visiting “professionals” have exited and life is great until the next tournament season. We have most of our fun and eating fish available now, without the crowds. School starting and then hunting seasons opening also contributed to a slowdown on the water. Don’t forget that snook season opens Sept. 1, so enjoy the calm while it’s here. We have so many options, so dive in.

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