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. On 9/20/2017, the FWC announced that the Gulf County bay scallop season will open to harvest on September 23. The 2017 season was postponed earlier this year due to a naturally occurring algae bloom (Pseudo-nitzschia) in St. Joseph Bay that affects shellfish. Recent samples have indicated that the scallops in St. Joseph Bay are safe for human consumption and meet FDA requirements for opening harvest in the bay. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will continue testing of the bay. The 2017 season will be open for 16 days, with the last day of harvest being October 8 and closing October 9. This season opening includes all state waters (shore to 9 nautical miles) from the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County through the westernmost point of St. Vincent Island in Franklin County.
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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