As is my custom, I hang around the fishing docks when the season begins. So far:
*Quantity and size pulled yesterday (day 1) was encouraging. I have 11 large/jumbos that weigh 3.5 lbs, a good average weight
*no evidence of octopi invading traps, which was a problem in 2 of the last 5 years.
*initial pricing was $10/lb for medium, $12/lb large/jumbo
*large/jumbo pricing goes to $14/lb tomorrow, no indications it will come down
*no traps pulled today on gulf side (I'm in Bradenton) because of westerly weather system rolling in, so supply will be scarce this weekend. Should normalize for Tuesday dining and retail.