Friday, July 20, 2018
Outdoors

Captain's Corner: It's scalloping time

What's the best way to cool off in July and August? Go scalloping. It's like an underwater Easter egg hunt with a bag of tasty scallops to cook at the end of the day. The most popular places are Homosassa and Steinhatchee in 2 feet of water out to 12 feet. I look for a sea grass bed with sand holes in them when I go scalloping. Look for shorter, thinner grass that grows in the sand. That's where you find them. A scallop looks like the Shell gas station logo with a dark top shell, a white bottom and 24 little blue eyes. When you see them in the grass, the darker side is up. It's the opposite when they're in the sand most of the time. The regulations: 2 gallons whole bay scallops in shell or 1 pint of bay scallop meat per person with a maximum of 10 gallons of whole bay scallops in shell, or a half-gallon bay scallop meat per vessel as your daily bag limit with no minimum-size limit. The boundary line is the waters from the Pasco-Hernando County line near Aripeka to Beach Canal in Bay County. The season is June 29 to Sept. 24. All you need are a mask, snorkel, fins and a catch bag. If you dive the last part of the outgoing tide and the first part of the incoming tide, you can hit the deeper spots.

Jim Lemke charters out of Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater and can be reached at (813) 917-4989 and at [email protected]

Comments

Captainís Corner: With red snapper season ending, new targets emerge

With red snapper season coming to an end it is time to start focusing on other summertime species that will be making their way into our area. Offshore in depths of 120-150 feet, huge schools of small Spanish sardines are spending most of their time ...
Updated: 6 hours ago

Captainís Corner: Early morning or late-night fishing your best bets during summer

We are deep into the dog days of summer, and it shows. Fishing early mornings and late evenings are your best bet for solid action. Tossing artificials around bait schools as the sun rises has produced some nice trout catches. Some fish have been in ...
Published: 07/18/18
Updated: 07/19/18

Captainís Corner: Finding fish on bottom structure of gulf

Finding fish on the bottom structure of the Gulf of Mexico this summer has been up and down for our spearfishermen. In late spring and early summer, the fish migrated to their normal areas, then they changed up. Grouper stayed in the shallow water lo...
Published: 07/18/18

Captainís Corner: Warm water brings algae blooms

Itís been a hot summer. This week water temps crept up to sweltering 90 degrees at the surface inshore. We saw 88 degrees on the surface temps offshore. The deeper the water, the cooler the water temps were found, especially toward the bottom. Wit...
Published: 07/16/18

Captainís Corner: Fishing docks and bridges at night is good way to beat summertime heat

The summertime heat and humidity are in full swing. Get out early to avoid the heat and the afternoon thunderstorms. Water temperatures are anywhere from 88 to 93 degrees. With water temperatures that high, youíll be able to spend only the first few ...
Published: 07/13/18
Updated: 07/15/18

Captainís Corner: Donít forget about the ponds for fishing

Saltwater gets all of our attention, but when driving to and from work or visiting a friend, keep an eye out for a pond that looks fishy. There are many productive ponds that have bass and panfish, some even have snook and baby tarpon, both of which ...
Published: 07/12/18
Updated: 07/14/18

Captainís Corner: Welcome to summertime kingfish season

We now have a summertime kingfish season. In the past weíve basically given up on kingfish at the end of May because the feeling was they had migrated to the northern gulf to spawn, not returning until mid-October. Weíve targeted kingfish this year i...
Published: 07/11/18
Updated: 07/12/18

Captainís Corner: Spanish mackerel push back into bay

Large Spanish mackerel have pushed into the bay as of the most recent full moon. Many of these pelagics are in the 6-pound range, and recent catches of 8-pound mackerel have not been uncommon. A medium action rod with a 4000 series reel spooled with ...
Published: 07/11/18

Captainís Corner: Pinellas south beaches strong for snook

Snook fishing along the south beaches of Pinellas County has been amazing. Large schools are hanging in the swash channels formed by wave motion right off the beach. The water clarity changes daily, depending on the wind direction. If the wind is out...
Published: 07/08/18
Updated: 07/13/18

Captainís Corner: Good tarpon action should last through August

For those who have not had their fill of tarpon fishing, thereís still plenty of it. A good flow of silverkings continues along our gulf beaches and in the bays and backwaters. Weíll be tugging on íem through next month. We battled tarpon last week j...
Published: 07/07/18
Updated: 07/08/18