Which Scallop Launch Site is the Best?
With as many launch sites as the nature coast has, you may wonder, "which one should I pick to go scalloping?". Well, the choice is really pretty obvious. At Crystal River and Homosassa launch sites, you will spend nearly an hour getting out to the scallop grounds, and have to deal with heavy boat traffic and two idle zones at both locations. At our launch site in Ozello, you will be at the scallop grounds in under 20 minutes, having minimal boat traffic and no idle zones! Th
Click to see a preview of this years scallop count!!
As last years scallop count may not have been as high as everyone would have liked, we have been anticipating this season more than ever! Below is a picture from one of our shrimp suppliers, showing the amount of scallops that came up while shrimping (he of course threw them back after this pic, not scallop season yet!). He stated that this picture was not even one drags worth of scallops, and this amount was equivalent or BETTER than 2 seasons ago (one of our best seasons).
Found Our New Scallop Tour Guide! Watch DOG Dive for Lobster!!
Watch as this dog dives down underwater to retrieve a lobster!! We have found our new scallop tour guide for this coming season!
SHUCK YEAH! (How to shuck a scallop)
Check out this video on how to shuck a scallop! Its pretty easy once you do it a few times. While there are a few different tools you can use, a simple metal spoon will do the trick! PRO TIP: Leave the scallops on ice until you are ready to get the meat out, the ice helps prevent their shells from closing!
DID YOU KNOW? (Scallop Edition)
WE ARE PUMPED for scallop season approaching! ONLY 46 more days! Did you know these fun facts about scallops??? -Each ring on a scallop’s shell represents a year of growth, although a ring might also record a stressful incident in the scallop’s life. -The scallop shell was the traditional emblem of St James the Great and became part of heraldry when those who had been on the pilgrimage incorporated the scallop shell into their coat of arms. -Compared to oysters and clams, sca
The What, When, Where, and How of Scalloping
Scalloping is one of the Nature Coast's most fun summer past times! Here in Citrus County, scallop season lasts from July 1st- September 24th, while in other areas, like Pasco County, the season only lasts 10 days from July 17th- July 26th. Bay scallops live in the sea-grass beds in relatively shallow water (about 4-10 ft deep). Once you get out into the water, not much equipment is needed, just a snorkel and mask, dive fins, a dive flag, and a small mesh bag to store the sca