I grew up in Norway where lobster season is from October through New Years. Although my dad laments every year I won't be home during this season as he won't be able to serve me local lobster dinner (I will gladly take any and all local sea food he deems to serve me actually), I would like to recreate our annual family and friends of the family with kids lobster dinner. We all got one lobster each (and all the shrimp and Dungenes crab we could eat) because the stuff was expensive and our dad's took vacation time to go lobster fishing and supplement family income. It was just great being 20 something adult and kids around a table with nutcrackers and seafood forks.
As far as I have been able to ascertain, there is no season for lobster fishing in the Mid Atlantic. Am I right about this? If this is the case, what is the time of year that the lobster is the best? What time is the most reasonable price? Coming from an area where lobster was a prized catch, I still have a bit of issues buying them during breeding season, since that is a recipe for shortage in the future. (These days it sounds like my dad has to go through drug dealing secrecy to get lobsters when I am home in during the season, even though it is a totally legal trade back home still).
Also, proving that one can teach old dogs new tricks: Here is the link to my dad's recipe for cooking lobster. Which is a strict deviation from the local lobster cooking traditions he grew up with. It is yummy: http://www.lenejohansen.com/?p=77
Anyways, local advice appreciated as it is silly to recreate old traditions without adapting to new geographic conditions.