Last Updated on May 15, 2023 by Staff Writer
Every summer, the waters off the coast of Homosassa, Florida, turn into a playground for locals and tourists alike, thanks to the annual scallop season. This tradition offers a unique opportunity to connect with nature, spend quality time with family and friends, and of course, enjoy the thrill of the hunt for these “Jewels of the Sea.”
Mark Your Calendars: Scalloping Season Dates
Scallop season in Homosassa starts on July 1st and ends on September 24th. During these nearly three months, the clear, warm waters of Homosassa and Crystal River become the prime hunting ground for scallop enthusiasts.
Scalloping: A Fun Experience for All Ages
Scalloping is an activity that can be enjoyed by anyone who can swim. Even if you have never done it, all you need is a little guidance, which the captain of FishnFL is more than happy to provide. The equipment, including snorkels, masks, and fins, is also provided, making it an easy and accessible activity for all.
A Typical Scalloping Day with FishnFL
Your scalloping adventure with FishnFL begins around 8 am with a scenic river cruise to the scalloping grounds. Once there, you’ll don your snorkeling gear and dive into the clear waters to start your search. The scallops are usually found near the seafloor, and when you spot some, all you need to do is dive down, grab them, and put them in your bag.
After the scallop hunt, you’ll embark on a reverse journey back up the river towards Homosassa’s freshwater springs. Along the way, you’ll likely spot dolphins, ospreys, and even manatees. The trip ends with a refreshing swim in the cool waters of Homosassa Springs, a perfect way to wind down after a day of excitement and adventure.
Scallop Limit and Responsible Practices
As per Florida state law, each vessel can collect a maximum of 10 gallons of whole bay scallops in the shell or 1/2 gallon of scallop meat. This limit ensures that the scallop population is maintained and everyone gets a fair chance at this exciting activity.
In addition to following the scallop limits, it’s also important to discard scallop shells responsibly. Discarding shells in inshore waters for recreational activities can create hazards and damage seagrass habitats. Instead, dispose of them in a trash receptacle or larger bodies of water where they’re more likely to disperse.
Getting Ready for Your Scalloping Adventure
A scalloping adventure in Homosassa is the perfect summer activity. And who better to guide you than Captain Jason Dozier of FishnFL? As a native Floridian, Captain Jason’s love for the state’s waterways and its bountiful coastal life is unmatched. He’s more than just a seasoned captain – he’s an ardent enthusiast of the waters he navigates daily.
With his extensive knowledge and infectious passion, Captain Jason ensures every trip is a memorable one. So, why wait? Book your trip with Captain Jason at FishnFL today, and let him lead you on an unforgettable scalloping adventure in Homosassa.