Scallop Season 2013 !
Capt. Jay Lowe
August 17, 2013
Homosassa - Saltwater Fishing Report
We are halfway through scallop season, and it is showing signs of slowing down. If you are looking to make a trip out for the first time this season, don't hesitate!
What you'll need:
1) Mask, Fins and Snorkel for each person
2) Mesh bag to place scallops in
3) Cooler for scallops
4) Scallop knife or spoon to shuck your scallops
Scalloping is a fun way to involve the whole family with an adventure you'll be talking about for years to come. Many people make this an annual event with their friends and family. Once you are in the water the hunt begins! You'll begin to search for this bivalve who is expertly camouflaged, and hiding in our grass beds. The depth of water you'll be snorkeling in will range from 2-6 ft deep. It isn't uncommon to find 2-8 scallops within a 6 ft radius. Some people are able to get a handful on a single dive. You bag limit is 2 gallons per person (with 10 gallons per boat being the max). Check out http://myfwc.com/ for the latest regulations on the Florida Bay Scallop.
This year I've found the better scallop grounds to be further South towards Homosassa. I will caution you that there are a number of submerged rocks in our area, and you will want to use caution while transiting to and from the scallop grounds. Make sure to reference a up to date chart. You may also want to consider hiring a guide to take you out for your first trip.
Another recommendation is to utilize the kids/groups on the docks offering to shuck your scallops. This will save you time, and ensure that you get the most out of every scallop. Prices range from $15-25 per 5 gallon bucket. In my opinion it is well worth it and it supports the local economy. They will clean and bag your scallops and call you when they're ready for pickup.
Capt Jay Lowe
Battle Creek Outfitters
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