Crystal River Scalloping 8/18/12

Florida Sportsman

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 14
  1. #1
    Senior Member keypond's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Posts
    1,933

    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.



    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.



    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.





    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

    Reel Time w/Florida Sportsman Guest Host
    Sight Fishing AJ's, Say What
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCSPH...1&feature=plcp

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Posts
    2,395
    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

  3. #3
    Senior Member troutman57's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Homosassa Florida
    Posts
    3,683
    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

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Homosassa FL & N.E. Missouri
    Posts
    1,393
    Kewl Post and pictures
    glad to see you got a some scallops.

  5. #5
    Senior Member PONCE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Big Bend Fla
    Posts
    5,586
    KP you a die hard, nice report but that storm dont look fun

  6. #6
    Senior Member angler18's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Orlando,Homosassa
    Posts
    2,037
    way to show the the scalloping thing, boat ramps this time of year suck.

  7. #7
    Senior Member Redbonz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Ocala
    Posts
    3,150
    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.

  8. #8
    Moderator ripnlips's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Crystal River / Summerfield
    Posts
    2,242
    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.

  9. #9
    Senior Member keypond's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Posts
    1,933
    Quote Originally Posted by Redbonz View Post
    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
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCSPH...1&feature=plcp

  10. #10
    Senior Member Ruff One's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Homosassa
    Posts
    963
    Weekends during scallop season are for the "Brave". You hung in there!! Nice report, now tell us how you really feel about boat ramps.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •