Steinhatchee Scalloping starts July 1st to September 25th. The 2013 Scallop season in Steinhatchee
and the Big Bend should be better than years past. The Scallop numbers in Steinhatchee has been
great this year. The Scallop report is for very large Scallops and big numbers. Come get your limit on
Scallops in Steinhatchee Florida.
Be sure to stay at the Good Times Motel and Marina home of the Who Dat Bar and Grille. You can
take a Scallop charter from the new docks or use your own boat. Charter fishing captains are also
available with Captain Mark Brady one of the best guides in Florida
With just a mask, snorkel and fins you, too, can jump in and experience the adventure of diving for
scallops in Steinhatchee. 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! Now another one and another one!! 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 Steinhatchee 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. Let me tell you they can move fast.
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 Steinhatchee, Homosassa and Crystal River. Steinhatchee
and the Nature Coast has become one of the most popular scallop harvesting destinations in Florida.
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 Steinhatchee. 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 offer.
To legally 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 licenses, so you
do won't need one.
Enjoy the ride in style 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 Steinhatchee has to offer. Our Scallop trips get filled fast so call early.
For Scalloping in Steinhatchee call:
Scallop Charter Captain Mark Brady
Charters for Cedar Key - Steinhatchee - Big Bend
1-352-354-0067 or 1-352-445-2755
Book your Steinhatchee Scalloping trip ASAP.
For Scallop Lodging and Wet Slips call:
Good Times Motels and Marina home of the Who Dat Bar and Grille
7022 SW Hwy 358