Hot summer conditions are here, and for many Nature Coast sportsmen that means it is time to get into the water.
As of July 1 snorkelers with valid saltwater fishing licenses may harvest scallops north of Hernando County. While the abundance varies greatly from year to year, Homosassa is always one of the favorite spots. The water is clear and the tasty bivalves can typically be found in depths of less than 6 feet. Look for them on lush turtle grass beds. In many cases they can be seen from the bow of a boat moving at idle speed. While there are often many boats in what appear to be the best locations, check out similar spots where there are few divers. Sometimes the best scallops spots have been overlooked by folks in a hurry to get where they see the most boating activity.
Another great July pastime is wade fishing for snook in the late afternoon. For years sport fishermen have waded along the channel edges of Anclote Key, Durney Key and Honeymoon Island, casting live baits for snook. Snook season is closed now but is always open for catch-and-release fishermen. The main attraction is the size of the fish. The big females gather in these areas for summer spawning and 36- to 40-inch fish are not uncommon. Some even larger than that are caught each year. The best time of the day is usually just before dark.
Ed Walker charters out of Tarpon Springs. Call (727) 944-3474 or e-mail email@example.com.