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.
The more productive areas for scallops have been in that 3-5 foot depth range over grassy bottoms with scallops also being found up to that 7 foot range. Your best bet is to time your hunt during a low or slack tide, this is ideal to reach those scallops that tend to stay a little deeper. Just be sure to do us all a favor and be gentle with the seagrass. It is very delicate and is important to all sea creatures living amongst it. Paddle or pole your boat into the area you wish to scallop in to prevent prop scaring of this fragile ecosystem. This will allow many more productive scallop seasons in the future for us all to enjoy.
Scalloping is an excellent way to beat the summer heat here in Homosassa and there’s plenty of room for everyone! It’s also fun and easy for all ages. Typically found in waters that can be stood in, all you need is a mask, snorkel, mesh bag and a keen eye for a day of fun and a great fresh from Florida seafood dinner!
Book a trip with Captain Carey Gibson here at Southern Slam Outfitters to take all the hassle out of your trip. Captain Carey knows the area well and can assure that you get your fill of scalloping. Contact him today and get to exploring the beautiful waters of Homosassa, FL!