If you would listen to a good mellow reggae beat this is how I would describe how our scallop season has been so far on the Nature Coast. Me personally I like the less crowded days on the water and I feel that fellow anglers/scallopers do to. Week days are still the best if you would like to have it all to yourself but if weekends are all you got then plan on putting the boat in early because it can be a little “adventurist” if you wait till the crack of 9. I have not heard of a full ten gallon limit yet, most folks are getting between 3 and 5 gallons maybe more for the hardcore. That’s enough for a diner with sides or in pasta that evening for a family of four. Head west of the St. Martins Keys during low tide in 3 to 6  feet of water for best results, don’t stay in one spot all day move around.  For some fun action I’ve been fishing some nearshore rocks and getting spanish mackerel, sheepshead, grunts, mangrove snapper, flounder, sea bass and others. To find structure look for sandy bottom with a dark patch or green turtles catch a breath on the surface. They live on the rocks and eat the grasses and sponges that grow there. The best bait is a live shrimp on a 1/8th oz. jighead cast near the structure. Look for incoming tide late morning or lunch time this weekend. 

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Former baseball umpire, now fishing guide. Graduate of the University of Arizona.
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