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Old 07-16-2018, 06:02 PM
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Made second trip north from Dunedin today and hit Crystal River this time. Scalloped for about 3.5hrs and got 5 gallons. Had some young ones today so held up the productivity, but they had a blast. Was their first time and by the end of the day heard ďthis is the best day of my lifeĒ and isnít that what itís all about, memories. Due to the group and current we stayed pretty shallow. Could tell the better action was deeper. Water was clear but had some current flowing . Still had time to hit Three Sisters before heading home and enjoying our harvest. Canít wait for our week stay up there next month.
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Old 07-16-2018, 06:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Flying_Norseman View Post
Put Uber on speed dial to bring your catch home, huge fines for being in possession of a scallop outside of the open zones. Incredibly stupid, but its the FWC way.....
We have that covered; picking up and returning crew in Pasco.
That rule is ridiculous.
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Old 07-16-2018, 07:14 PM
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Are there even scallops outside of the open harvest areas? I've never even heard of poaching in restricted areas.
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Old 07-16-2018, 07:23 PM
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Originally Posted by jj1987 View Post
Are there even scallops outside of the open harvest areas? I've never even heard of poaching in restricted areas.
Yes, there are scallops outside the open area. I see them in Pinellas. Not in great numbers, but they are there and they'd be gone if they could legally be harvested.
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Old 07-16-2018, 07:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Grey_Beard View Post
We have that covered; picking up and returning crew in Pasco.
That rule is ridiculous.
They have to draw the line somewhere
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Old 07-17-2018, 04:07 AM
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Originally Posted by Grey_Beard View Post
Been wanting to try scalloping for a long time but the boat is in tierra verde with no trailer. With the opening of Pasco this year, we're considering it.
Can anyone suggest any areas to target? I am hoping to target as far south as possible.
Youíd still need to get up around bayport to find any solid numbers. When pasco opens up on Friday weíll boat up at least 2 or 3 times. Itís going to save me at least 2 hours off my day and a ton of miles not having to go in to the river.
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Old 07-17-2018, 07:13 AM
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You have to go north of Bayport currently. I didn't see a single one in the area we worked last year due west of the Chaz. Have to go closer to Homosassa.
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Old 07-17-2018, 09:59 AM
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Anyone on here flying one of the drones over CR this weekend? Would be cool to see the video if so...
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Old 07-17-2018, 10:45 AM
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I'll have mine out this weekend. Steering clear of CR though. Going to make the run from Bayport up to Homosassa. I'll try and post some video next week.
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Old 07-17-2018, 02:05 PM
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Originally Posted by steelcityfishanddive View Post
You have to go north of Bayport currently. I didn't see a single one in the area we worked last year due west of the Chaz. Have to go closer to Homosassa.
ditto. Chazz was dead. Only one scallop on four spots that produces last year.

We we ran north 7 more miles and did well off south Homo.

we bring the grill and eat them there. Then run home to Pinellas clean.

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Old 07-17-2018, 02:42 PM
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Sounds like not worth the trip from tierra verde.
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Old 07-17-2018, 06:41 PM
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CR/Homosassa is getting deeper, but the getting is still good. Easy limit at 6-7' but we will be hitting Steinhatchee next run.
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Old 07-19-2018, 10:11 AM
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Anyone been out the past couple days? How is water clarity? We will be there tomorrow and hoped to snag some trout before scalloping Saturday in Homosassa. Hoping we can dodge the storms we keep seeing pull over into Orlando.
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Old 07-19-2018, 07:07 PM
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Originally Posted by misfit407 View Post
Anyone been out the past couple days? How is water clarity? We will be there tomorrow and hoped to snag some trout before scalloping Saturday in Homosassa. Hoping we can dodge the storms we keep seeing pull over into Orlando.
Just got back from 4 days on the Homosassa River. Scallops were thick in deeper water, water was hot and visibility was clear. Good luck dodging storms as I think itís supposed to blow over the next few days.
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Old 07-21-2018, 09:38 PM
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Anybody hit pasco yet? May go midday tomorrow to mess around
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Old 07-22-2018, 04:50 AM
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We got 4 scallops Friday out in front of gulf harbors beach. There were a lot of boats out yesterday in front of anclote and north toward port Richey . We may go out again this afternoon or tomorrow
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Old 07-22-2018, 05:26 AM
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Went north out of Steinhatchee Saturday. Lots of boats on the water. 6 of us in the boat. Got about 7 gallons. It was high tide in the morning and the grass was really thick every stop we made. Also, the water was fairly tanic, probably due to so much rain onshore. It got pretty cloudy as the day went on which didn't help either. In the afternoon a huge squall came in from the north. We got back to the dock before it got nasty, but I heard 3 boats capsized out there. It came up really quick, but it was a no-brainer to get the heck off the water.
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Old 07-22-2018, 08:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Sprockets View Post
Went north out of Steinhatchee Saturday. Lots of boats on the water. 6 of us in the boat. Got about 7 gallons. It was high tide in the morning and the grass was really thick every stop we made. Also, the water was fairly tanic, probably due to so much rain onshore. It got pretty cloudy as the day went on which didn't help either. In the afternoon a huge squall came in from the north. We got back to the dock before it got nasty, but I heard 3 boats capsized out there. It came up really quick, but it was a no-brainer to get the heck off the water.
Any links to the capsized boats or did you hear it on the radio?
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Old 07-22-2018, 10:45 AM
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Went out around the cotee and behind Anclote today. Didnít see a single scallop. There were a ton of boats out many without dive flags. Visibility was terrible behind Anclote and the wind and chop were bad around the cotee. Weíll boat up to Homosassa later in the week when the wind quits.
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Old 07-22-2018, 01:48 PM
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Originally Posted by tesilential View Post
Any links to the capsized boats or did you hear it on the radio?
Heard from a friend who's a commercial fisherman in Steinhatchee. He heard it on his radio. Heard about from others later last night. Tide was low at the time, and it was really shallow. I'm not sure exactly where they were, but that squall came in really fast.
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