Guided Scallop Fishing Trips
St. Joe Bay is famous for its rich beds of this tasty bi-valve, but the scallop population has continued to decline in recent years, and restoration measures are underway by FWC to replenish the fishery.
Last year, the harvest season was shortened to August 22 through September 5 and the bag limit was reduced to 40 scallops per person. In 2017, the FWC approved a longer season in St. Joseph Bay beginning July 25 through September 10.
Bag and vessel limits were returned to two gallons whole bay scallops in shell, or one pint of bay scallop meat per person with a maximum of 10 gallons of whole bay scallops in shell, or a 1/2 gallon bay scallop meat per vessel. A recreational saltwater fishing license is required for anyone 16 and over (some exceptions apply) who plans to collect scallops. Bay scallops may be harvested only by hand or with a landing or dip net. More information can be found online at http://www.myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/recreational/bay-scallops/
Happy Ours can equip your party with all the equipment you need to harvest scallops except the fishing license which you can purchase on-line at http://www.myfwc.com/license/recreational/saltwater-fishing/ or at a local bait and tackle store. We are happy to show first-timers how to shuck these tasty morsels but you will need a spoon, gloves, container and ice to clean your catch.
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