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Old 06-07-2017, 05:49 AM   #1
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Just got back from vacation late last night. So it's time to start looking towards the next adventure. Planning on going July 1 if this rain quits by then. Will boat up to Homosassa for the day. (The scallops will take a legal ride back in the wife's car)

Will probably go snorkeling in the next week or so to have a look around and see how the season may shape up. Hopefully we'll have a repeat of last year.
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We've never done this before, but we're tentatively planning on it for this year. You're right about the rain though - we're gonna need Arks, not flats boats, if this keeps up.
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I too am looking to do this this year.... Any tips on where to go scalloping, the How seems pretty basic.
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I too am looking to do this this year.... Any tips on where to go scalloping, the How seems pretty basic.
We go to Homosassa. Most years it seems Steinhatchee has better scalloping but Homosassa is closer for us. Some years the area north of the river are better other years south of the river is the spot. In Homosassa we run out to the end of the channel and head north or south for a mile or two. That puts us in 3-6ft of water over the grass flats. You'll see the floatilla with the dive flags out there. It's pretty hard to miss.
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I look forward to scallop season every year. We rented a house this year on the river in Homosassa for the entire 4th of July weekend. Cant wait!
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How big of an area are the scallops? If there are that many boats, what are a noobs chances of actually finding scallops? are they plentiful? Could this be done in like a 23 contender, or do you need a flats boat?

Sorry if these are dumb questions, I've never been to the West Coast of Florida.
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How big of an area are the scallops? If there are that many boats, what are a noobs chances of actually finding scallops? are they plentiful? Could this be done in like a 23 contender, or do you need a flats boat?

Sorry if these are dumb questions, I've never been to the West Coast of Florida.
The area with scallops is massive. Basically all of the grass beds all around the river mouth is prime hunting. And there is little reason to anchor so close together. You'll have no trouble in a 23 contender. Just stay in the channel until the end and move north or south. When the water looks clear, pull up on the throttles send some one down to see if you're in a good spot.
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How big of an area are the scallops? If there are that many boats, what are a noobs chances of actually finding scallops? are they plentiful? Could this be done in like a 23 contender, or do you need a flats boat?

Sorry if these are dumb questions, I've never been to the West Coast of Florida.
Square Miles and miles. Don't need a flats boat but getting shallow doesn't hurt. Too shallow can actually make it harder. We got really skinny last year (sort of unintentionally ) and there were scallops everywhere, but it was so shallow I had grass brushing up on my mask. If they are thin and it's that shallow and have to search for them your visibility is really limited.
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Can you spot the scallops in this pic?
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Can you spot the scallops in this pic?
Nice!
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That's awesome!
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Looking forward to the season too this year!! We skipped last year to go to the keys for lobster season a week early, but plan on going for a weekend and a few day trips.

I agree with everyone else, go to the end of the channel go N or S and look for the boats.
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Anyone know what the bridge clearance is at Rogers Park?
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I think this year we will pull the trigger and give it a try.

What is the ramp of choice in Homosassa?

If there a certain time to avoid? Like mini season down here for lobster? Or is it typically busy most of the summer?
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Always wanted to do this as well. Seems like a fun trip for sure. Also curious how busy it gets? I would love to see some pics when you go down.

Only 3 hours or so from Vero. I always thought you had to go all the way up to Steinhatchee which is a long ways away so never considered a closer option.
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What is the ramp of choice in Homosassa?

If there a certain time to avoid? Like mini season down here for lobster? Or is it typically busy most of the summer?
I used to use Riverhaven Marina on the North side of the river, most people use MacRae's on the south side. Either way, when running out or in, KEEP IN THE CHANNEL. Te bottom outside the channel is hard.

I've stopped going to Homosassa and in recent years have used Hernando Beach ramp. A lot closer to home, but the parking lot is smaller so you have to get there early.

And most weekends are crazy, I prefer mid week. It's still crazy, just a little less so
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Spent a little bit of time snorkeling in 6-7 ft of water south of the pasco hernando line yesterday. Visibility was pretty good considering all of the rain we had. And I saw a handful of scallops.
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Booked a rental in Weeki Wachee Gardens yesterday for a few nights in July. Looking forward to it.
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we'll be on sassa river june 30-july 5 and just hope it's 50% as good as last year.....be in a black 243cc if any of y'all are around in floatilla or springs stop by and say hey
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we'll be on sassa river june 30-july 5 and just hope it's 50% as good as last year.....be in a black 243cc if any of y'all are around in floatilla or springs stop by and say hey
I will be there the same dates rented a house very close to the springs. Will be in a Dark blue coastal bay bay boat. Last year they were so thick hopping for the same this year.
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