August is now upon us and the scalloping in Homosassa has been great thus far. The Homosassa area offers up incredible scalloping for a number of reasons. First off, the clear, pristine waters that are found here are ideal for hunting scallops. This clear water can be attributed to all the influx of the surrounding spring-fed rivers that pour into the Gulf of Mexico. These rivers include: The Crystal River, the Homosassa River and the Chassahowitzka River. They bring the necessary nutrients into the Gulf that these bay scallops rely on for food. Secondly, the surrounding habitat is the perfect place for these scrumptious scallops. The beautiful and vast grass flats are what the scallops love and look for. It is buried deep within this grass that you’ll find these guys hiding. Look hard, because they can sometimes be tricky to spot.
Florida is envied by many states for a number of reasons. It’s aptly nicknamed the sunshine state; it has beautiful, white sandy beaches and some incredible spring-fed rivers that offer up a crystal clear view into the underwater world. But what Florida is probably most renowned for is its world class fishing. From offshore fishing for billfish and tasty snapper to inshore fishing for world record tarpon, line-ripping snook or bull reds to some of the vastest cypress swamps for LARGE largemouth bass, Florida is indeed a fisherman’s paradise. Of all the locations throughout the state to fish in, Homosassa along the Nature Coast is one of the most prestigious areas to wet a line in; especially if it’s inshore action you’re looking for.
Scalloping along Florida’s Nature Coast begins July 1st and runs through September 25th. This is a time of year when the kids are out of school and you start looking for that next family vacation. What better way to beat Florida’s summer heat then with a day out on the water? Swimming, playing, and laughing all while picking tasty shellfish from Florida’s most fertile scallop grounds right here in Homosassa. There are many reasons why scalloping is so popular among families. It’s simple and easy enough for all ages, it’s an experience unique to Florida and, of course, scallops are delicious!