Scalloping in the Gulf of Mexico

Mount Dora Boating Center
Are You Ready To Scallop?
You have to play by the rules...
Do you know them? Let us help!

1. Scallop season starts July 1st and ends on September 10th.
2. You can take 2 gallons of whole scallops per person per day, or a max of 10 gallons per boat. If you prefer to clean them while catching them, you can take 1 pint of meat per person per day, or 1/2 gallon per boat. Here is a nice resource I found today!
3. You must have a saltwater fishing license to catch scallops. Not just one person, everyone on board who is required to carry one. Not sure about the rules, check with the Florida Fish and Wildlife.
4. You must have a Diver Down flag displayed at the highest point on your vessel, visible from 360 degrees. It must be at least 20"X24", and have a stiffener to keep the flag unfurled.
5. Scallops can only be harvested by hand, or with a landing/dipping net.
6. You can not possess Bay scallops outside of legal harvest areas.
Meet us in Crystal River to go Scalloping!
July 15th, 2012

Feel free to join us on a scalloping adventure this month, Sunday July 15th. We plan on having all the boats in the water and leaving the dock EARLY Saturday morning, by 8:30 a.m. We are going to launch at the Days Inn launch ramp in Crystal River, which does have a $10 fee. You should plan on having your boat there by 8:00 to get ready, and launched in time to leave. Let me know if you need directions, it's not too hard to find. If you Google the Days Inn Crystal River, you can use that address, the Dive Shop and boat ramp are just behind the hotel. Plan on about 1 hour and 45 minutes to get to the ramp from Mount Dora, it's about 60 miles. We have stayed at the Days Inn for a few years now for scalloping adventures, and the rates are cheap. It's not real fancy, but it's clean and it has a large swimming pool to relax in after the hunt! You can use the link above to check prices.

We will spend the better part of the day on the water, don't forget to pack all the essentials, like sun screen, water, basic snorkel mask and flipper gear, and lunch (the scalloping is a long way from any dining). Also it's a good idea to bring an extra cooler full of ice to keep the scallops in. We will probably leave the grass bed around 2:00, depending on the afternoon weather. Leaving then, you'll get back to Mt. Dora around 5:00.

If you plan on coming, please email me a confirmation, with your cell phone number. I will send you back an email with what you will want to pack into your boat for the day.

See you on the water,