CRYSTAL RIVER & HOMOSASSA
The 2014, scallop season opens in
July and runs into September. With the
scallops being so abundant the past few years, we are looking forward to another
great season this year. Crystal River and
Homosassa offer some of the best fishing and
scalloping along Florida's Nature Coast.
2 gallons per day per person,
gallons total per boat
If you decide to clean your
scallops while out
on the water, the limit is 1 pint of scallop meat per person
per day, or 1/2 gallon total per boat
You must have a saltwater fishing license to catch scallops. Just
one license per boat won't do; everyone on board needs to have one.
This is one reason why it is a good idea to hire an experienced and knowledgeable
guide to take you scalloping. Not only can he take you to where the
scallops can be found, all the necessary licenses are provided too !
The only trick to catching scallops is finding them.
They are usually
found hiding in or around bladed sea grass. Because of the coloration of the
shells, they blend in easy in the surrounding area. If you're in a boat, a pair
of polarized sunglasses really helps to scan the water in search of the
scallops. When you get into an area of bladed grass, get into
the water and take a closer look. If you find a one, you'll usually
find a lot more!
Scallops are fairly easy to catch!
The only equipment you need is a mask, snorkel, fins, and a mesh
bag to hold the scallops. Scallops move by snapping
their shells together and 'spitting' water out! They propel
themselves rapidly in a zigzag direction. Most kinds of
a series of brightly colored eyes along the edge of the mantle.
1. Once removed from the
shell, you can batter and deep fry them, or you can also broil
them in butter and garlic. Be careful not to overcook
them, they only take a couple of minutes.
2. Some people prefer to
leave the muscle attached to he shell, put a drop of soy sauce
on the meat, and surround it with crabmeat stuffing. Then
broil it for a couple of minutes, shell and all. Then you
just eat this tasty morsel right out of the shell.
3. Once the scallop meat has
been removed from the shell, you can also drop it into your
simmering spaghetti sauce. You only need to do this a
couple of minutes before serving.
4. Although it is not
recommended, a few brave souls do eat them raw ! However,
you can put them into a lemon juice marinade for a few minutes,
and eat them sushi style.
* 1-4 People $300.00
* Add $50 for each additional person up to a
6 people per boat.
* A 50% deposit may be required during scallop season. Refundable
with a one-
week advance cancellation notice.
All required licenses, scalloping equipment and ice.
Also includes one on one help/instructions on
cleaning scallops at end of day. Or, let the locals clean your
scallops for you. They're fast and charge a very reasonable
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