It is legal to take legal sized lobster that do not have eggs during the season June 15-Feb 15. It is not legal to spear lobster the reason being if once it is speared and found to be undersized or with eggs, you cannot release it unharmed - the damage is already done. That is why most natives use what is called a hook stick - basically a small gaff. The procedure is to hook the lobster where the shell of the body meets the tail and then released if neccessary. The only problem with that is, the fisherman must be good enough to hook the lobster in the right place otherwise it can be damaged. As many of you know, in Florida you can use a snare, but that is too slow for commercial use thus the hook stick.
PS: this might be of further interest //ambergriscaye.com/pages/goodscv/lobster.html
PPS: see sometimes we get a little information out along with the "bitching".