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Florida Scalloping

Florida Scalloping

florida scallopsIt is almost that time of year, again. Scallop season is set to open, in a few select areas, as early as June 16, 2018.

Scalloping is a wonderful combination of boating, floating, fishing and snorkeling. And, scalloping is an activity open to a wide range of folk, not just seasoned anglers. If you can get on the water with a snorkel setup, in the areas that scallops call home you are most of the way there. If you love being on the water scalloping is a must do summer activity.

All you will need is an understanding of, and adherence to, the FWC rules and regulations for scalloping, a little prudent planning, an eye for the little fellows and patience. An awesome resource website, The Scallop Hunter, (nope…. Old Salt is not compensated by Scallop Hunter…. they simply have a great site) is a great place to start planning your scalloping

From Port St. Joe down the Florida Gulf coast to south boundary of Pasco County scalloping seasons vary a bit. Check out the FWC map below to find the area of interest to you and see when you are allowed to sally forth for some scallop hunting.

 

florida bay scallop season map

 

Good luck and have some fun. If you are wondering what to do with those tasty scallops, check out one of Old Salt’s recipes to get a start in the kitchen. Pan Fried Scallops w/Smoked Gouda Grits

Tripletail Fishing Addiction

Tripletail Fishing Addiction

I will start this article with a warning: TRIPLETAIL FISHING IS ADDICTIVE: PROCEED WITH CAUTION.  They are not necessarily an inshore target, not necessarily and offshore target and not typically an accidental bycatch no mater where you fish. But what they are is the absolute best fish to sightcast, suprisingly hard fighters, cooperative eaters, and… Continue Reading

It’s Soapfish Season!

It’s Soapfish Season!

Known as “soapfish” to some old crackers, Snook are one of Florida’s premier inshore gamefish and are making a comeback in our region from the harsh winters of 2009-2010. Many moons ago, originating in the everglades area, locals referred to the Snook as having poor table fair value. These days, they are the undoubtedly labeled… Continue Reading

Fisherman Helping Fisherman … Florida Strong

Fisherman Helping Fisherman … Florida Strong

Hurricane Irma visited the Florida Keys last week leaving behind a devastated charter fishing industry. These are our fellow fishermen. They are devastated both personally & professionally and need our assistance to recover and rebuild. Old Salt Fishing Foundation is establishing the Fishermen Helping Fishermen Fund to raise money, & provide direct financial support to,… Continue Reading

Want To Win That Fishing Tournament? Use Bulk Fluorocarbon

Want To Win That Fishing Tournament? Use Bulk Fluorocarbon

editors note: this article may bee accessed in its original at bullbuster.net and is used here with permission. Boats that consistently win tournaments are prepared.  It’s about spending more time fishing.  This isn’t just about getting on the water, it’s about the amount of time you are fishing when you are on the water. If you… Continue Reading

Still in Awe

Still in Awe

As I sit here 4+ months after winning the largest tournament on the West Coast I’m still in awe. My father and I have been fishing King of the Beach since its inception. Although we have always done well in the event we’d never managed to pull off the difficult task of winning the whole… Continue Reading

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