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Outdoors news: Scallop season nears close

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Last chance for scallopers to get their fill

Old-timers will tell you it's best to wait until late in the season to hunt for scallops. But time is running out. The final day for harvesting is Tuesday, because the recreational season closes Wednesday. While scallop season kicks off with much fanfare in July, there are advantages to waiting until later in the season. The scallops are bigger, which means more meat for the table. And most people believe the grass beds have been picked clean, so on a weekday in September, you pretty much have the place to yourself. It is legal to land up to 2 gallons of whole bay scallops in the shell, or 1 pint of scallop meat each day during the open season. Recreational scallopers, who must possess a saltwater fishing license, are not allowed to possess more than 10 gallons of whole bay scallops in the shell or a half gallon of meat aboard any boat. The law requires a vessel to display a diver-down flag (red with a white diagonal stripe) whenever divers or snorkelers are in the water. The flag must be at least 20 by 24 inches if displayed on a boat; at least 12 by 12 inches if towed on a float by the diver or snorkeler. In open waters, vessels must make an effort to stay 300 feet from a diver-down flag. In a river, channel or inlet, the distance is 100 feet. Vessels may operate within those distances, but only at idle speed. As a reminder, bay scallops may only be harvested in state waters from the Pasco-Hernando county line near Aripeka to the west bank of the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County. Harvest is permitted by hand or landing or dip net.

Compiled by Terry Tomalin. Send your news and notes to ttomalin@tampabay.com or call (727) 893-8808.

Solunar chart

AM PM

Minor Major Minor Major

9/20 6:30 12:15 6:55 12:45

9/21 7:25 1:10 7:50 1:35

9/22 8:15 2:05 8:45 2:30

9/23 9:10 3:00 9:35 3:20

9/24 10:00 3:50 10:30 4:15

9/25 10:55 4:45 11:25 5:10

9/26 11:45 5:35 0 6:00

Tide adjustments

The charts show the rise and fall of tides measured in feet and plots the tides on a one-week timeline. Times and depth may vary depending on weather conditions. You can compute the tides from these adjustments:

North (Anclote River) High Low

Anclote Key (south end) -01:37 -00:47

Bayport +01:13 +01:39

Cedar Key +01:16 +01:03

Crystal River, Florida Power +01:13 +01:33

Hudson, Hudson Creek +00:06 +00:01

Indian Rocks Beach (inside) +00:19 +00:10

North (Anclote River) High Low

Mangrove Point, Crystal Bay +01:34 +01:54

Pithlachascotee River +00:18 +00:52

St. Joseph Sound -00:34 -00:42

Steinhatchee River entrance +01:33 +01:32

Suwannee River entrance +01:22 +01:21

Withlacoochee River entrance +01:23 +01:58

South (The Pier) High Low

Anna Maria, pier -02:10 -02:19

Egmont Key, Egmont channel -02:15 -03:20

Gandy Bridge +00:59 +00:57

Gulfport, Boca Ciega Bay -01:32 -01:05

John's Pass, Boca Ciega Bay -02:14 -02:04

Madeira Beach Causeway -01:32 -01:45

Mullet Key Channel (Skyway) -02:03 -02:01

South (The Pier) High Low

Pass-a-Grille Beach -01:34 -01:30

Pinellas Point -00:22 -00:29

Redfish Point, Manatee River -00:30 -00:14

Safety Harbor +01:32 +01:34

Sarasota Bay -01:38 -00:58

Corey Causeway -01:18 -00:44

Venice Inlet (inside) -02:02 -01:38

Outdoors news: Scallop season nears close 09/19/13 [Last modified: Thursday, September 19, 2013 7:33pm]
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