Crystal River Scalloping 8/18/12

Lori's cousin Kris and his wife Becky came in from Kansas this weekend and wanted to try some scalloping while they were here. I made a couple of phone calls and realized the water at Pepperfish was still realy murky. Then I made another all to Marrio, aka ripnlips, and he pointed me in the right direction to find some out of Crystal River.

We hit the water a little after 8:30am and were met with dark skies at the mouth of the river.
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We decided to anchor up and hide beneath a tree for a few minutes while we let the front pass. This turned out to be a great plan.
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We finally hit the scallop grounds and picked up a few, about four gallons in a couple of hours, before calling it a day and heading back into the springs for a cool dip and rinse. We played around at Three Sisters for a bit then hit the boat ramp just as the next front came through.
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I managed to get yelled at by a couple of folks at the ramp for my lack of courtesy. When we pulled into the ramp, there were a line of boats along the seawall on the right all the way out to the river. As there was no place to pull up and let my crew out on the right side, I idled right up to the docks and tied up in the nook at the first dock, outside of the ramps and out of the way. My crew headed to the restrooms and I headed to my truck. Apparently, the boats were waiting their turn, pulling into the docks one by one, tying off (essentially blocking the ramp) and then heading up after their truck. This made it problematic for a few boats trying to launch as everywhere they wanted to back down there was a boat parked. One fellow with a large boat backed down into two separate ramps trying to find a place to unload his boat, only to get blocked by someone tying up behind him. Several people thought I pulled quite the hat trick and were pissed off. I was amused. Launching my boat 35-40 times a year, I think the concept is quite simple, the trailer dictates who's next in line. Whether it's an empty trailer or one with a boat on it, the person backing in has the right of way. When your trailer backs in, you load your boat. I fully expected to see a long line of trailers lining up for the ramp when I walked up the dock, but instead everyone was standing in their boat thinking of nasty things to say to me. :)
Chris

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  • Fishin RodFishin Rod Posts: 2,620 Officer
    YOU RAMP HOG..... You should have sat back and waited for some "Dockmaster" to tell you when it was your turn. I'm with you, get your trailer in line.
    "Be what you is"....... Isaiah Minter
  • troutman57troutman57 Posts: 3,691 Officer
    Pretty brave hitting the ramps in CR on a weekend! Good to see you got a bunch of scallops.
    This place Rocks if yer a crabber
  • huntentailshuntentails Posts: 1,695 Captain
    Kewl Post and pictures
    glad to see you got a some scallops.
    :beer
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  • PONCEPONCE Posts: 5,943 Officer
    KP you a die hard, nice report but that storm dont look fun :spin
  • angler18angler18 Posts: 2,035 Officer
    way to show the the scalloping thing, boat ramps this time of year suck.
  • RedbonzRedbonz Posts: 4,517 Captain
    I'm with you on the ramp thing...next in line is next trailer in line.....all the idiots come out their once or twice a year....
    That was a nasty storm for sure... We kinda went thru it. Was running radar, but it was to big to go all the way around so we got hit pretty good. But it was decent on the other side and the Grouper were biting fair.....
    If it don't fit force it. If it breaks it needed replace anyways. :banghead
  • ripnlipsripnlips Posts: 2,535 Captain
    Glad you all had a good time. I saw the storms on the radar that morning and was wondering if you were still gonna give it a shot.
  • keypondkeypond Posts: 2,017 Officer
    Redbonz wrote: »
    I'm with you on the ramp thing...next in line is next trailer in line.....all the idiots come out their once or twice a year....
    That was a nasty storm for sure... We kinda went thru it. Was running radar, but it was to big to go all the way around so we got hit pretty good. But it was decent on the other side and the Grouper were biting fair.....

    No doubt Mike. Same guys pulled their boat out into the parking lot and stopped in the road, effectively blocking multiple trucks/trailers from backing on both sides and forming a line that caused a delay at the ramp as people had nowhere to go once they pulled their boat out. It was all good. I just shrugged and kept doing my thing. Glad you boys got out there. Weather looked pretty rough for an offshore trip. It was snotty when we were snorkeling.
    Chris

    Reel Time w/Florida Sportsman Guest Host
    Sight Fishing AJ's, Say What
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  • Ruff OneRuff One HomosassaPosts: 1,779 Captain
    Weekends during scallop season are for the "Brave". You hung in there!! Nice report, now tell us how you really feel about boat ramps.
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
  • capt louiecapt louie citrus countyPosts: 9,179 Moderator
    I heard the same story about the ramp. Guy said everybody was sitting in their boats with NO trailers backed up and ready to load.
    He dropped off his buddy and left. His bud called back immediatly to say bring the boat the trailer was in the water.
    He drove past the waiting boats (and the looks and comments) and loaded and left while they were still waiting for their trailers.
    Some just STILL don't get it ..
    "You'll get your weather"
  • keypondkeypond Posts: 2,017 Officer
    capt louie wrote: »
    I heard the same story about the ramp. Guy said everybody was sitting in their boats with NO trailers backed up and ready to load.
    He dropped off his buddy and left. His bud called back immediatly to say bring the boat the trailer was in the water.
    He drove past the waiting boats (and the looks and comments) and loaded and left while they were still waiting for their trailers.
    Some just STILL don't get it ..

    Glad I wasn't the only "uncourteous jerk." :)
    Chris

    Reel Time w/Florida Sportsman Guest Host
    Sight Fishing AJ's, Say What
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCSPHOHuw-M&list=UU7OK0PWEO7jknYHsykHcjaA&index=1&feature=plcp
  • deerflydeerfly Posts: 711 Officer
    "ramp wars" could easily be the next big thing in reality TV shows... :)
    "impossibility cannot be concluded from a sample of failed efforts" - Edsger W. Dijkstra
  • Havana daydreamerHavana daydreamer Posts: 24 Greenhorn
    We were out last weekend!! Launched from the plantation!! Thought it best to hit the scallops anothrr time!! Man thst wind was hoeling. We made the best of it spring hopping!! Man that 3 sisters spring is awesome!!!! The other thing about loading a boat i too had people look at me like im cutting the line down at ft island before !! I dock my skiff on the beach get my jeep back it down , load the boat and go!! Trailers dictate who goes next
    MRT

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