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Scalloping Season 2016 Update

Has anyone seen the pre-season count for 2016 yet? Have they even done them yet? Will the season start on June 25th this year?
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  • Jim311Jim311 Posts: 4,959 Captain
    I don't think there's been any communication on an early start date or any counts yet. Usually they don't do the counts until right before the season opens right?
  • Doc StressorDoc Stressor Homosassa, FLPosts: 2,608 Captain
    They usually make a public announcement around the first week of June.
  • illushinzillushinz Posts: 37 Deckhand
    I actually asked this of FWC not long ago. Reply via twitter attached.
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  • KeatonBchFisherKeatonBchFisher Posts: 297 Officer
    I know there have been some spotted around Keaton oin the flats already.

    Season scheduled for 6/25 opening. Looks like St Joe bay may get closed this year.

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  • kingkong954kingkong954 Posts: 659 Officer
    I saw scallops swimming and on grass in Keaton ~3-4 weeks ago.
  • surfmansurfman WC FLPosts: 5,981 Admiral
    Lets hope the heavy rains hold off this year, a little rain is needed and okay but we don't need to be flooded out again for crying out loud!
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  • DemonDemon Posts: 225 Deckhand
    Wish they would go to a later start date. The earlier they open the smaller the scallops are. Let them mature. They get wiped out in the first few weeks when they are still small.
  • nicknick Crystal RiverPosts: 4,944 Captain
    Demon wrote: »
    Wish they would go to a later start date. The earlier they open the smaller the scallops are. Let them mature. They get wiped out in the first few weeks when they are still small.

  • KeatonBchFisherKeatonBchFisher Posts: 297 Officer
    The economic impact would be pretty big if the season started later. While I agree late season scalloping is better, it does not seem to hurt the availability of the larger ones. It would be a huge impact to the areas that are most popular, with school started in first week of August now in GA, and shortly after in FL.
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  • wvinfl12wvinfl12 Posts: 248 Deckhand
    While we are on this topic........it has been a long time since I have scalloped and I usually just went to the hatch to do it as I know the waters up there a bit better for scalloping, but down here, I have heard all about the rocks and stuff closer to the scallop grounds here. Would it be safe or is it safe to take my boat that drafts 3 feet down towards that area to take some guests out for some scalloping this year? I am nervous about doing it here as I have heard and read all the horror stories about idiots not paying attention but also do you get close to the area where I would have to worry about hitting some rocks, or would you recommend me just going to the hatch to do it? Any advice would be great. I don't want to damage the boat as I tend to stay in the channel on the way out and then go offshore to avoid hitting anything. The old saying of an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure in this situation I am thinking.
  • Rick1-2Rick1-2 HorseshoePosts: 964 Officer
    Wvinfl i would go to were im comfortable, I'm paranoid about hitting rocks, i know be careful, go slow, but I wouldn't risk it it will cheaper in gas than a lower unit
  • Ruff OneRuff One HomosassaPosts: 2,070 Captain
    Go out to Marker4, turn any direction, north or south. You're in at least 6ft either way. Boats are scalloping in both directions.
  • wvinfl12wvinfl12 Posts: 248 Deckhand
    Thanks Rick and Ruff, I appreciate the input. Ruff are you talking marker 4 from Crystal River or Homosassa? I always go out of Pete's. As far as being in 6 foot, what depth are people scalloping in down there? Normally in the hatch I can run in 6-7 foot and then anchor and swim around in 3-5 foot. I am just nervous about doing it here after hearing all the stories about rouge rocks south of the Crystal channel as you get closer to the scallop grounds. I may just stick with the hatch, they just have crappy water access and ramps take forever up there when that season opens. Scalloping seems to me to be just such a hassle anymore which is why I have not been in about 6-7 years.
  • KeatonBchFisherKeatonBchFisher Posts: 297 Officer
    Gomez rocks are there and easy to avoid. Once you get over towards the Suncoast Keys it gets really shallow and there are more rocks. You should be fine if you have a chart and stick with the crowd. Honestly it is much easier to scallop at Keaton and Steinhatchee due to the long idles and runs.
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  • mburke001 aka TripleBmburke001 aka TripleB Posts: 1,514 Captain
    To feel comfortable/ easier head south out of CR (end of the channel) and when you see the other scallopers, idle slow towards them from the west and then pick your spot.
  • wvinfl12wvinfl12 Posts: 248 Deckhand
    Thank You burke, I think what I might do is just stick with the hatch, but would consider doing it here, if and only if someone would be willing to let me trail you once out of CR to the grounds and that might make me feel better if someone would want to consider that and then I would have a track and feel much better about getting in there safely......if someone would be willing to consider that and check with me and ask me if I wanted to go on a particular weekend day. Thanks guys for all the tips and input.
  • relicshunterrelicshunter Posts: 605 Officer
    We took my friends 24' proline out of Bayport and did quite well.
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