NW Florida Homosassa

Ladies, Let’s Go Scalloping in Homosassa!

Aug. 8, 2020. Deadline to sign up is July 17.

Scalloping is a blast! REGISTER by clicking HERE

Note If going book your hotel ASAP this is a busy season!

For Homosassa scalloping, snorkel in crystal clear water, hold your breath, take a shallow dive down, place either your hand or small dip net behind or under the scallop, and place it in your mesh bag. For scallops you will learn what to look for, they have blue eyes that shine. A novice can do it. You can get multiple scallops at a time. The boat works as a team go get scallops then shares them. They are great to eat and some local restaurants there may cook them for you. Plus our guides have excellent recipes.

Scalloping is part snorkeling experience, part treasure dive and part saltwater fishing experience that can be enjoyed by family members of all ages. Spend quality time and create memories that will last a lifetime! Enjoy a scenic ride out the Homosassa River to the BEST scalloping grounds in the state. To see a video about scalloping from our speaker click HERE.

All it takes is a snorkel, a mask and a mesh bag to get in on the action. Bring your own for your own comfort or they have snorkel setups.    

The bag limit is 2 gallons of whole scallops, (in the shell), or 1 pint of scallop meat per person per day. In addition, no more than 10 gallons of whole scallops or 1/2 gallon of scallop meat may be possessed aboard any vessel at any time. There are no guarantees you will catch your limit. Rain and weather can affect scallop availability and depth. 

Cleaning of scallops is available dockside. Captains supply license, coolers, ice and expert instructions, in and out of the water. What you’ll need to bring is snorkel, mask, fins (if you have), drinks, food, and sun protection, (hat, t-shirt, lotion, sunglasses).

We highly recommend the morning charters for a few reasons, fewer boats so it’s not as crowded, (especially weekends), it’s not as hot and less chance of summertime thunderstorms. However if you like to sleep in then do the afternoon. First people to sign up get the morning trip. Sunday scalloping is available for those who want to do it twice, Saturday is the main day.

Red Ed will coordinate on site, LLGF office will work on the arrangements and assign boats in advance. 

Our guides have perfected the technique of catching Scallops in Homosassa, and over the last few seasons, they usually catch our limit of scallops within two hours! It’s like an Underwater Easter Egg Hunt!

While it’s mostly ladies, men and teens can register too to include the family.

Registration is only $35 per person, scalloping is $97 per person for a 4 hour trip. You book your own room, see below for choices.

Agenda:

Friday, 7 pm approx Red Ed will confirm: Meet at Plantation Inn on Crystal River. Presentation on Scalloping by Red Ed, networking, followed by dinner there on your own. If you arrive too late for this, no worries, your guide will show you how to scallop on your boat.

Saturday scalloping. If morning trip is filled by first registrants then we explore afternoon. Additional Sunday Scalloping available. Boats are filled in advance FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED. If you are on the list for the next boat we’ll notify you by the reservation deadline if it is full and you are on it, otherwise we refund you.

Boats leave from near Mac Rae’s of Homosassa, 5290 S. Cherokee Way, Homosassa, FL 34448. There is also small lodging there but it fills up quickly.

This is one of their busiest seasons of the year, so book early!

Boats take up to six people.

$97 pp for 4 hour scalloping trip by boat.

Overnight Hotels – we do not have rooms blocked at any hotel pick your own:

A good source of choices per Red Ed – click this link

Other options – we recommend reservations that can be cancelled should you be on a waiting list and your boat is not filled:

 Plantation on Crystal River
9301 W. Fort Island Trail
Crystal River, FL 34429
800-632-6262 The nicest place to stay. This is on a canal and dolphin and manatees come right up to the seawall. They have a concierge for setting up kayak trips too.

Hampton Inn – Crystal River
1103 N Suncoast Blvd.
Crystal River, FL 34429
Holiday Inn Express – Crystal River
1203 NE 5th St.
Crystal River, FL 34429
352-563-1111

If you like to camp check out campgrounds in the area.

Or search for your own hotel. Hope to see you there for this awesome adventure!

Reservation and Cancellation Policy Please Read as your cancellation affects boat capacities and other people on the boat.

Before registering see our No Worries Cancellation policy with certain cancellations 2 weeks before the event.

Want to share a room? Put your information HERE and we’ll put you in touch with others! So far, 1 on the list looking to share a room.

REGISTER by clicking HERE