Homosassa scallopers are preparing for a successful 2017 season.
The 2017 bay scallop harvest season begins on June 24 and lasts for three months. Keep in mind that for recreational use, a saltwater fishing license is required if you're using a boat.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission regulates and oversees the harvesting of scallops, as well as all of Florida's fisheries, and sets the daily limit for scallopers to two gallons of whole bay scallops in shell, or one pint of bay scallop meat per person.
Although the 2016 scalloping season struggled to see a large number of people, the FWC only shortened the season, rather than suspend it. Regardless, 2017 could be much more popular.
According to the News Herald, the decision to shorten the scallop season came two days before the Saturday 25, 2016 season officially began.
"The FWC expects a full recovery by next year," said Pat Hardman, president of the Coastal Community Association of Gulf County.
In order to ensure a successful 2017 season, the FWC has held three public workshops to promote statewide scalloping.
"We want to work with the local community in order to make this as little difficult as it needs to be," added Chuck Roberts, FWC commissioner.
Although Atlantic sea scallops have large shells, up to nine inches in length, bay scallops usually grow to only about four inches.
If you don't want to acquire your own license and want to work with professional Homosassa scalloping charters, however, you should contact Southern Slam Outfitters and enjoy an unforgettable adventure through the untouched waters of the Nature Coast. Working with a scallop charter can help you learn how to effectively dive, and catch and clean scallops.
Scallop season for Southern Slam Outfitters begins on July 1, and Captain Carey Gibson will guide you across the scallop Capital of Florida.
All you and your family will need for your scalloping adventure is goggles, fins, snorkel, and the courage to dive in and pick up scallops from the crystal clear water at depths between three and six feet.
To speak with Capt. Carey Gibson and learn about fishing charters in Homosassa, Florida, contact Southern Slam Outfitters today!