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Old 06-05-2018, 03:30 PM
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Well, with scallop season upon us let get this thing going. Hoping the St Marks Scalloping is better than last year. If it continues to stay dry we should have a good season this year. Has anyone done any recon in their local areas?
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Old 06-05-2018, 03:40 PM
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The water at the 'Hatch was pretty brown this past weekend. Lots of runofff. We didn't see any, but didvsee decent numbers two,weeks ago there. All from the boat, we didn't get in and look. (Too busy catching reds)
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Thinking about giving it a go this year and skipping Lob season in the keys for a change. Hope to hear some good reports prior to seal the deal. Would love to give it a try and mix it up a little
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Following this thread will be headed to crystal river first weekend in August
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Historically, we have done well out of Homosassa, and heading north a bit. Last year was exception. Heard from a few folks that out of Crystal River, deeper water was better. May try that this year.
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Old 06-05-2018, 04:23 PM
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I go out of Bayport and head a few miles north. Seems to always work. Problem for me is that I can't get out until late in the season and the inshore easy pickings are long gone. I'm usually looking for unharvested areas in 8+ feet of water 2+ miles out. I've been out of Homosassa a few times and that river just suks. Too long, rocks everywhere and too crowded.
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beauty of bayport ramp is that it's such a short idle - no manatee zones. parking can be a bear though.
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Going to Steinhatchee 7/21. Had a good trip last year which was my first time.
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Heading to Crystal River opening week.
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Staying in WW Gardens again for 2nd weekend (extended) of July.
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Got a room at McRae's 3rd week of July, mid week. Not doing weekends again.
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We will be launching out of petes pier in Crystal river opening weekend July 1st
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There goes the neighborhood....
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Old 06-07-2018, 05:48 AM
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Heading up to CR third week of August. Did well last year out of Homosassa going North. Did one day south, was going OK until we got stormed out and headed in. Always do week trip and stay in on the weekend, especially Homosassa can be down right Scary.
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Old 06-07-2018, 06:35 AM
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As an FYI was in Homosassa Turkey hunting in March and there is a lot of traffic and construction on Hwy 19.

Additionally, the little ramp that you had to pay $10 and launch near Mcrae’s and the bait shop and restaurant there were being torn down. The little ramp was closed. I liked paying the $10 to get away from the insanity at Mcrae’s.
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Thinking about taking my son and nephew up for a few days of scalloping in either Crystal River or Homosassa. Before have only gone up for a day and back to Tampa. I can take my boat or use a guide. Any hotel suggestions??
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Originally Posted by Crest View Post
I go out of Bayport and head a few miles north. Seems to always work. Problem for me is that I can't get out until late in the season and the inshore easy pickings are long gone. I'm usually looking for unharvested areas in 8+ feet of water 2+ miles out. I've been out of Homosassa a few times and that river just suks. Too long, rocks everywhere and too crowded.
I would argue that the Homosassa River is one of the most beautiful pieces of water in Florida. Running down it as the sun rises is a great way to start a day of fishing. Traffic on scalloping weekends can be a little excessive though
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St. Marks looks like sweet tea right now with all the rain we had
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Originally Posted by Crest View Post
I go out of Bayport and head a few miles north. Seems to always work. Problem for me is that I can't get out until late in the season and the inshore easy pickings are long gone. I'm usually looking for unharvested areas in 8+ feet of water 2+ miles out. I've been out of Homosassa a few times and that river just suks. Too long, rocks everywhere and too crowded.
I'm a local and don't even bother until late in the season due to the scallop meat size being so small. I really think they open the season a few weeks too soon.
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Homossassa end of August!!!!
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