It 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.
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