Secret Spot for Fresh Florida Lobster in Lantana

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Nicole Danna


Every week, I look for it: the giant sign on the side of U.S. 1 in Lantana, its bright-red lettering with the words Fresh Lobsters Today scrawled in messy handwriting.

It means Capt. Fuge Hickman and his two sons, Bruce and David, have a fresh catch of Florida spiny lobsters for sale. At just $7 per pound, it's the deal of the day -- and the freshest one you'll find this side of the Caribbean.
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Nicole Danna
The sign off U.S. 1 in Lantana that signals locals to a fresh catch of the day.
​But for those who don't drive the route daily, the sign -- and the lobsters -- are missed by many. 

A pity, really, because the trip to 846 N. Dixie Highway (to the docks behind Kelley Marine) isn't just about buying lobster at a really, really great price. 

It's also a crap shoot -- luck of the draw, if you will. You never know what the boys will pull out of their traps, and many times there's more than just 2-pound-apiece spiny lobster.

"We'll get fish that like to wander in the traps too, because they like it in there. We get some porgy, trigger fish, mutton snapper from time to time," says Fuge.

If you're lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of a slipper lobster, he adds, a rare -- but ugly -- brown lobster whose flesh is famed for being more tender and sweet than its spiny or Maine brethren. Every now and then, the Hickmans will pick one up during their daily trek checking around 1,500 traps in the 50-mile stretch from Hillsboro Inlet north to Juno pier. 

It was a trip Fuge has made with his boys since they were children, back when he sold his lobster wholesale. That was until last year, when he decided to take a different route and sell directly to the consumer.

"The market price was so low, I don't even want to tell you [what it was]," says Fuge's first mate aboard the captain's 34-foot Crusader. "Now, people love that we're here. You can't get anything cheaper or fresher."

These days, Fuge, who has been fishing the South Florida waters for more than 30 years, says he never has trouble selling the lobster. 

"It's been a good year [this year]," he says. "We're here every day during lobster season [August through April] around 2 p.m. We leave the dock at 5 a.m., make our rounds, and get back to the dock to sell what we've caught, straight out of the water."

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Nicole Danna
Captain Fuge's Lobster Shack 
The Docks at Kelley Marine
846 N. Dixie Highway
Lantana 33462








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vyn89
vyn89

I need about 80 lobster any suggestions Plz call Adrian 786 506 4286

Kelvin Hoag
Kelvin Hoag

I need some lobster today. Anyone have for sale lobster for dinner tonight?Kelvin in Boynton Beach FL770-608-8167

Kelvinhoag
Kelvinhoag

can I buy lobster from you? 1-15-12Kelvin 770-608-8167Boynton Beach FL

Nickyranee
Nickyranee

Known Sea Pappy for years my wife and I love the lobster he catches. Have watched the boys grow up and work along side their dad. Now the boys have grown and own their own boat walking in the old mans foot steps.Have enjoyed the family friendship for years. The best lobster around. Love these guys. Nick & Ranee 506 out.

Juneh2o
Juneh2o

I am there about once a week for my fix and have never been disappointed.  Am always so sorry to see him leave after the season.  

Kathy
Kathy

You are right the best place and price for fresh lobster, however he is located at the docks ofMURRELLE MARINE at 846 N. Dixie Hwy., Lantana. 

BOB
BOB

IVE KNOWN FUGE FOR 20 YEARS STARTING AT 2 GEORGES MARINA, WHEN THE OLD RESTAURANT AND DOCKS WERE A FUN PLACE TO GO. TIMES HAVE CHANGED BUT FUGE HASN'T. A REAL GOOD GUY WITH THE FRESHEST, MOST AFFORDABLE LOBSTER TO BE FOUND ANYWHERE.     BOB FROM BOYNTON

Mmeatball
Mmeatball

Hello all,, as a connoisseur of lobster & sea food in general,,there is no place better in Florida to get the freshest caught,most tastiest lobster & fish,,,needless to say the fun filled presentations they will share with you & professionalism of the Hickman Family Business is refreshing in this day & age....definitely get to their docks !!!!!!  

Ed 506

Seven Comeeleven
Seven Comeeleven

our hours are still 2 to 5;30 daily except sun,,,,,,You can call me on da boat at 561-756-2030 to order or reseve lobsters.I also would like to say thank-you to the local community for embraceing our shack and supporting us.Even if ya don,t like lobster come down bring some beer and well talk some story.......{Coors light in da bottle only]......Capt Fuge and da boys

Rodneywaugh
Rodneywaugh

yeah i worked for him for five yrs he's one cool dude and takes his fishing very seriously. and really cares about his customers they come first and he's keeping it ole school where the customers still come to the dock and get real fresh seafood good job capt  rodney aka "dirty"

Mariedarien
Mariedarien

yumm I love those guys their so interesting to talk with and the lobsters are soooo good grilling is a must

Luismlancho
Luismlancho

Hey is that real man. Like r they there everyday after august 8

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