2017 Scallop Season Opens September 23

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced the beginning of the 2017 Scallop harvest season. The season was postponed earlier due to a naturally occurring algae bloom which affects shellfish. Samples show that scallops in St. Joseph Bay are safe for consumption.

It will be a short season with October 8, being the last day of harvest.

The Gulf County scallop population is still recovering from a Red Tide in 2015. Visit the Commission Website for more information including limits.

Speckled Trout Fishing

Recently, Captain Mark had the pleasure of taking Mark Olis, a writer for Grand View Outdoors, on a fishing trip.  Mr. Olis called it “The Hunt for Speckled Trout” and the complete article can be read here:  The Hunt for Speckled Trout

An excerpt,

A local fisherman was telling me about Lyle’s fishing expertise and he said, “If there’s a crab out there, he knows where it’s at.” After spending a couple of days on the water with Lyle, I believe that fella was right.

It was a fun day and a good catch!

Speckled Trout Fish Catch

Scalloping, Fun and Work at the same time

Scallop season is July 1 to September 10 unless extended. It has been extended each of the past two years so we’ll have to wait to see.

Scalloping is done in shallow water (less than 3 feet) and is a lot of fun, at least picking them from the water is fun. Shucking them, not so much….. Low tide makes them easier to see in deeper water.

We will take up to 4 people on a scallop trip but you’ll need to bring your own snorkeling equipment, hats, sunscreen and cameras.

There is a limit to the number of scallops each person is allowed to harvest. If shucked, the limit is 1 pt. per person with a 1/2 gallon max for the entire trip. In the shell, the limit is 2 gallon per person so a party of 4 can bring in 10 gallons by counting the captain as a fifth person.  It’s better to bring them to shore in the shell, then shuck.

Shucking is not included in our trip price so be prepared to shuck your own!

What’s biting other than redfish?

Spring is here and the fishing is good.   Red fish bite year round but go to deep holes when the weather cools.

Trout and sheephead begin biting when the water begins warming.  Mackerel move with the water temperature and flounder will move off shore.

We went out yesterday and had a great day!  Pictures coming soon.  Glad we didn’t wait until today now that the rain has moved in.  Port St. Joe is currently under a River Flood warning to if you’re out and about keep your eyes open and stay in touch with the weather man (or app!)