So far scallop season has been a resounding success, and we are looking to finish strong from both our Homosassa and Crystal River locations.
The 2018 scallop season for Citrus County runs from July 1 to Sept. 24.
All divers must prominently display a divers-down device in the area in which the diving occurs.
Here at River Ventures and Safaris we have many scallop options for your family including departures from both our Crystal River and Homosassa locations this year. We can accommodate groups small and large with the finest Captains in the biz. Join us starting July 1st.
If you are new to this kind of adventure, or would like to improve your game, we have put together a few tips and tricks that will help you impress your fellow scallopers over the course of the summer.
The season, running Aug. 17 through Sept. 30, includes state waters from Bay County’s Mexico Beach Canal to the west edge of St. Vincent Island in Franklin County.
The amazing scallop is one of the sea’s greatest food treasures. This fan-shaped bivalve is an amazing sea creature. Here are some amazing scallop facts that you probably didn’t know. Learn more about scallops with our list of fun scallop facts. Our original list included 12 scallop facts, but we keep adding more!
One of the most popular places to scallop in Florida is Homosassa – a little town of less than 3,000 people and located about an hour north of Tampa. It’s rich history and fishing industry makes it a go-to destination for tourists.
The best scalloping spots are normally where the water is 4 to 8 feet deep in the bay. Also, look for sea-grass beds. Why? Because often, scallops are located in the sea-grass beds or near the edges of sandy-spots. They are usually easiest to see in the areas where the sand bottom meets the edge of the sea-grasses.
All you need is 5 ingredients and 10 minutes for the most amazing, buttery scallops ever. Yes, it’s just that easy and simple!
Catching scallops is fun, relatively easy, and a great way to spend a day in the water. Scallops are abundant throughout Florida's Gulf Coast waters and you need minimal gear to get a bag full.
Scallopers can take advantage of all state waters south of the Hernando – Pasco county line and north of the Anclote Key Lighthouse in northern Pinellas County, and all waters of the Anclote River, wildlife officials said.
Levy, Citrus and Hernando counties (including Cedar Key, Crystal River and Homosassa): July 1 through Sept. 24 (previously slated for July 10 through Sept. 10). This region includes all state waters south of Alligator Pass Daybeacon #4 near the mouth of the Suwannee River in Levy County and north of the Hernando – Pasco county line.
Potential change in dates, more competition ahead
Cleaning scallops is an important part of their preparation for meals. Appropriate scallop cleaning techniques can ensure that the scallops are healthy and delicious for you to eat.
Citrus County is one of those lucky spots! Scallops live for about a year, and die shortly after they spawn, so recreational scallop harvesting does not interfere with scallop populations as the season doesn’t start until after spawning has occurred, so don’t feel too bad while you suck down these tasty little morsels.
Scallops are a little luxury in my household. A weekend date night means plates of pasta and scallops with wedges of lemon and glasses of white wine on the side. Scallops are sustainable, delicious — and so easy! Here’s how to make quick-cooking scallops on the stovetop in just about 5 minutes.
Recreational bay scallop season begins on June 25th, 2016! Thousands of residents and visitors will flock to the coastal areas of Florida between the Pasco-Hernando County line and Mexico Beach Canal to seek out their limit of scallops. Recreational boating in the Nature Coast reaches peak levels during scallop season, so expect congestion at boat ramps.
Scallops need the right mix of saltwater and freshwater to survive. If rains are heavy, too much freshwater can flood the bay and wipe out a crop. If the water is too salty, they won't survive, either.
Scalloping is rather straightforward, as is Easter egg hunting…. get out there and find em’. It really is just as simple as that. There are designated areas in Florida known as “hot spots” for scallops, mostly along the Nature Coast of Florida.
Head up to Florida's prime scalloping grounds and try your hand at harvesting fresh Florida bay scallops.