Where can I go scalloping in Tampa?
There are so many spots to go scalloping! Some of our local favorites are Crystal River, Homosassa, and Pasco County. In fact, you can even make a prolonged stay out of it by booking a stay and tour with Plantation on Crystal River.
How much does it cost to go scalloping?
Homosassa scallop tours cost $350.00, for one to four people for a half day adventure and $75.00 for each additional person up to six people. We do two Scallop charters per day, the morning charter is from 7 to 11AM, and the afternoon charter is from Noon until 4PM.
Where is the best place to go scalloping in Florida?
Best Areas to Scallop
- Steinhatchee/Keaton Beach.
- Crystal River.
- Homosassa – an hour north of Tampa.
- Port St. Joe (between Panama City and Apalachicola) and Cape San Blas.
- Keaton Beach.
- Bayport Pier & Hernando Beach.
How much is a scalloping charter?
4 Hours Crystal River Scalloping Charters
|up to 2 people||$350|
|up to 4 people||$400|
|up to 6 people||$500|
Can you go scalloping without a boat?
Captains can answer any scallop- or fishing-related questions. Plus, you don’t need to bring a boat. If you have your own boat, you can go on your own without a guide. But be sure to bring someone who knows the area and the water, and has saltwater fishing licenses for all scallopers over the age of 16.
What is needed to go scalloping?
You can get one through the FWC, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. You will also need a boat or a float, mask, snorkel, fins, a dive flag and a bag. Where do I find the Florida bay scallops?
Do you need a special license to scallop in Florida?
Anyone harvesting scallops needs a current Florida recreational saltwater fishing license, unless you are scalloping on a chartered trip. A saltwater fishing license can be obtained online from the FWC. Make sure you understand the open seasons and bay scallop harvesting regulations.
When can you go scalloping in Florida?
From June to September, freshwater rivers flowing into the ocean create the perfect combination for these tasty mollusks to thrive. Whether you hire a charter or bring your own boat, you are sure to have a once-in-a-lifetime scalloping adventure at one of these top spots in the Sunshine State.
What should I pack for a scalloping trip?
Preparing to go Scalloping
- snorkel gear (mask, snorkel, fins)
- mesh bag and/or dip net to harvest scallops.
- plenty of water.
- hat and sunscreen.
- 1-3mm wetsuit (if you tend to get cold)
- sun suit or shirt.
- gloves (optional)
- During COVID-19, it is a good idea to also carry hand sanitizing gel or wipes and a face covering/mask.
Can You scallop in the Tampa area?
Scalloping in the Tampa Area, Florida. We are only a 40 minute drive from Downtown Tampa / Clearwater Beach. The Florida bay scallop grows and lives in the shallow (4 to 10 feet deep) seagrass beds that are common in our area. Florida residents between the ages of 16 and 65 must have a current Florida saltwater fishing license to collect scallops.
Can I scallop in Pasco County?
SCALLOPING IN PASCO COUNTY IS ONLY AVAILABLE FROM JULY 16 – 25 IN 2021! This is the third season since 1994 that scalloping has been permitted this close to Tampa. We are only a 40 minute drive from Downtown Tampa / Clearwater Beach.
Do you need a fishing license for scallops in Florida?
The Florida Bay Scallop grows and lives in shallow seagrass beds (4 to 10 feet deep) common in our area. Our 2018 and 2019 seasons were PHENOMENAL!! Florida Residents between the ages of 16 and 64 must have a current Florida saltwater fishing license to collect scallops. All non-residents 16 and older will need a saltwater fishing license.
How many bay scallops can you bring on a boat?
You will also need a bucket or container in order to measure your catch (not provided or sold). Daily Bag Limit: 2 gallons whole bay scallops in shell, or 1 pint of bay scallop meat per person. 10 gallon whole scallop or 1/2 gallon scallop meat limit per boat.