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Old 04-12-2020, 10:04 AM
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I know the ramps are closed in Steinhatchee right now and we have a few more months until scallop season opens but are there any reports on scallop numbers this year. Will be in steinhatchee in July (fingers crossed).
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They are tiny right now and just starting to drop off their seagrass attachment sites. No one will have a handle on numbers until June.
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Never been scalloping before but it sounds like it would be a lot of fun and a perfect activity for us on our boat and with a little one that can swim along with us in the shallows. Other then Corona, is there any reason we shouldn't go Fathers Day weekend the opening weekend? Also, if you guys have any suggestions on spots out of Steinhatchee (you don't have to give away a honey hole) or general places to start that would be much appreciated!

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Originally Posted by CaptChuckFinn View Post
Never been scalloping before but it sounds like it would be a lot of fun and a perfect activity for us on our boat and with a little one that can swim along with us in the shallows. Other then Corona, is there any reason we shouldn't go Fathers Day weekend the opening weekend? Also, if you guys have any suggestions on spots (you don't have to give away a honey hole) or general places to start that would be much appreciated!

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Our family tried it one time several years ago in Steinhatchee. Had 4 people in the water most of the day and got 3 scallops. And we were right in the thick of the fleet and we learned later people were catching them in decent quantifies, so we obviously didn't know what we were doing. Easy to find the right spot, come out of whatever inlet you're using into the Gulf, look left or right to see where the boats are. They seem to congregate in one area. And that might be why we didn't do any good, I was trying to be polite and stay on the edge and not get in anyone's way that was there before me.
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I've only scalloped in the Steinhatchee area. So, I can't offer any advice for further south. It is a fun family activity. Been going for years. However last year was pretty poor compared to others. Probably like other species, they're over fished. Look on- line, there are rentals with dockage and rental boats too. Sea Hag Marina is a reputable place with both. Most of the time, the best areas to scallop are North of the Steinhatchee river/inlet. Talk to a local before you go out, or go all the way out the channel and turn right. There is a large sandbar out there so be alert. Look up Dallus Creek (sp?) on your GPS, always a proven area. It can get nuts on opening weekend, picture the scene in Jaws where everybody that has a boat is headed out! Be alert for skinny water and watch the weather! Don't be the guy trying to beat the big thunderstorm at the last second, they can get nasty quick.
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Originally Posted by danny221 View Post
I've only scalloped in the Steinhatchee area. So, I can't offer any advice for further south. It is a fun family activity. Been going for years. However last year was pretty poor compared to others. Probably like other species, they're over fished. Look on- line, there are rentals with dockage and rental boats too. Sea Hag Marina is a reputable place with both. Most of the time, the best areas to scallop are North of the Steinhatchee river/inlet. Talk to a local before you go out, or go all the way out the channel and turn right. There is a large sandbar out there so be alert. Look up Dallus Creek (sp?) on your GPS, always a proven area. It can get nuts on opening weekend, picture the scene in Jaws where everybody that has a boat is headed out! Be alert for skinny water and watch the weather! Don't be the guy trying to beat the big thunderstorm at the last second, they can get nasty quick.
Thanks for the tips. We will be going out of Steinhatchee. I have a 1900cc Sea Pro so all good on the boat and boating in general. Good tip to on heading north and Dallus Creek!
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Have not been to Steinhatchee, but have been to Port St Joe several times. We prefer going at the end of the season. We find early, especially opening weekend is way to crowded and the scallops are small. Going late in the season, especially after school has opened if you can, and there are way fewer boats and the scallops are much larger.
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We have a place rented in Homosassa end of July. Fingers crossed.
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I use to go to Homosassa for years. If you go there, check out The Freezer restaurant
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Scalloping is a blast, it’s lazy man’s lobstering. Great for the family as you can find them in 5-6’ deep although I’ve always done better in the 8-10’ range. Been able to limit out every time so far. Best tip I can think of is to drift. If you anchor up your search area is limited, if you can get away from people and find a couple just drift with the boat and you’ll find more. It also takes finding a couple to realize what you’re looking for.
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Originally Posted by CaptChuckFinn View Post
Thanks for the tips. We will be going out of Steinhatchee. I have a 1900cc Sea Pro so all good on the boat and boating in general. Good tip to on heading north and Dallus Creek!
You are probably out of luck if you are looking to stay there that weekend. Everything will be booked already.
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We've been scalloping for 4 years now. We spend every weekend on the west coast during the season. We have gone out of Homosassa, Crystal River, Hernando, and once out of Ozello. Our experience is it's basically all the same area once you've made it out there your just either north or south. Last year was terrible and unusual. We did well the first couple of weekends from Hernando and Crystal River. This year we are going to try Yankee Town as well. All this said I think the catch is part luck, part mother nature, and part supply. Where is everyone planning on heading out this season? And, anyone going further north than Yankee Town?

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Although it's been short on numbers recently, St Mark's is a gem when the count is back to normal. There have been years where you will limit out by lunch. Also check out Riverside while there, live bands, and the outdoor seating is huge and food is good. You can drive up, dock and order as well.
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Although it's been short on numbers recently, St Mark's is a gem when the count is back to normal. There have been years where you will limit out by lunch. Also check out Riverside while there, live bands, and the outdoor seating is huge and food is good. You can drive up, dock and order as well.
Wow - that's a new one for me. Adding it to the list! Thank you.... Nikki
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This year we are going to try Yankee Town as well. All this said I think the catch is part luck, part mother nature, and part supply. Where is everyone planning on heading out this season? And, anyone going further north than Yankee Town?
I've never heard of anyone scalloping out of Yankeetown. Not sure there's grass flats at the right depth. If I'm wrong, someone correct me please.
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Booked for July 4th weekend... it’s a blast,best river party I know of
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Scalloped there 2 years ago, had a blast, had kids 4-11. Yrs old....got limit both days....head south 4-5 miles to spot the fleet....do quick swim around, if you don't see them in good numbers, move and recheck until you get them....
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hopefully it will be cancelled....
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We have a place rented in Homosassa end of July. Fingers crossed.
We used to go to Homossassa every year....would limit out in 3 hours or less. Last year was terrible. In two days of scalloping we found maybe 10 scallops, and felt guilty for even keeping those. We knew from reports that it was going to be bad, but had our vrbo booked already, and some excited friends who had never been. Thank goodness for the Freezer and McRaes. We already said before all this Coronavirus that we will not go back until things bounce back.
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hopefully it will be cancelled....

That may happen soon enough. Seems the pressure may be more than the stocks can support. More people every year is tough on a critter that only lives a year and reproduces only one time. So, if there weren't many last year where are this years scallops gonna come from.

"Bay scallops can reach a shell height of 90 millimeters (3.5 inches) and live up to two years. In Florida, however, bay scallops rarely grow larger than 75 millimeters (3 inches) or live longer than one year."
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