| Scalloping in Homosassa starts
June 27th to September 24th. Scallop season in Homosassa
and Homosassa Springs is always a fun event. Scalloping
in Homosassa has been great this year. Very large
Scallops and big numbers. Come get your limit on
Scallops in Homosassa Florida.
With just a mask, snorkel and fins you, too, can jump in
and experience the adventure of diving for scallops in
Homosassa. You will float along the surface quietly,
patiently, over a sand bar in the Gulf of Mexico, off
Florida’s beautiful Nature Coast, and take in the
wonderful world of various fishes, plants and coral.
Then suddenly you will see one. A scallop! Take a deep breath, dive down
and grab it before someone else does! Be sure to look
close around and you just might see more. Remember,
scallop beds are located mostly in shallow water and may
only be harvested by hand or net.
Scallops in Homosassa Florida are hard to spot because
their natural coloring allows them to camouflage
themselves on the bottom among the tall grasses. Most of
the time their shells are open to feed and breath, but
as soon as they sense an intruder they slam their shells
shut and hide. When threatened, the scallop can swim
backwards or up by clapping its shell halves together
and rapidly expelling water.
The bay scallop is a member of the shellfish family.
Spawning occurs at 1 year of age and in the fall, when
the weather is cool. Unfortunately, only 1 egg out of 12
million will survive to live a full life, and in Florida
they usually only live 1 year.
In the past, Florida’s coasts were brimming with
scallops, but recently they have vanished in many areas.
Scientists believe this shortfall could be due to poor
water quality since scallops are highly sensitive to
changes in water. One could say scallops play an
important part within the ecosystem, and observing
scallops is a good way to evaluate the quality of the
marine environment. In 1998, the Fish and Wildlife
Commission (FWC) teamed up with the University of South
Florida in an effort to enhance the population of the
scallops in certain areas, as well as eventually
launching restrictions to allow only recreational
harvesting. This seems to have worked. From 2000 through
2001, the scallop population has increased
significantly, after harvesting was banned for several
years. In 2002, scallop harvesting was reopened in the
Homosassa and Crystal River area. Homosassa has become
one of the most popular scallop harvesting destinations
What can one say about one of the most exciting Scallop
seasons in Florida. Starting July 1st to September 10th
you can get together with your family and friends for a
fun filled day on the water scalloping in Homosassa.
Scalloping is like Easter egg hunting in the water,
while you are snorkeling around gathering scallops you
will be looking at other wildlife that the gulf has to
To Scallop in Florida each person is required to have a
fishing license. However by going with a Licensed and
Insured Captain, the captain provides all license, so
you do won't need one.
Enjoy the ride with our Scallop charter Captains. They
will take you to where the scallops are. While going to
the Scallop grounds you will get to enjoy the abundance
of wildlife and Natural beauty the Nature Coast in
Homosassa has to offer.