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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – It’s time to start boiling the water and melting the butter.

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Lobster mini-season officially got underway at midnight.

Boaters have been packing ramps across South Florida and the Keys to be the first in the water in search of spiny lobsters. This year there was a new incentive. Hunters who catch at least 10 lionfish will be allowed to catch one extra lobster over the state limits.

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While the boating conditions for the hunt are excellent, the condition of the water below is not.

“This, to be honest with you, is one of the worst opening mini-seasons that I’ve had in many years,” said Albert Lluis. “Not because there aren’t any lobsters, it’s just the conditions. The west winds have the whole bay murky. It’s like looking at a glass of milk, you can’t even see them, but they are out there. When the regular season opens we’ll get them, but tonight is not good.”

Click Here for the rules of this year’s mini-season in Miami-Dade and Broward.

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Click Here for the rules of this year’s mini-season for Monroe County.