Coming into a weekend that will have afternoon high tides, will give scallop seekers a good opportunity to capitalize on midday low tides that are the best for snorkeling the Nature Coast clear turtle grass flats. Low tides that are midday with high overhead sun gives us the edge when searching for scallops, I always like when the tide comes to a “stand” no current at all. The grass is not bent over and it allows at most every angle to see into the bottom. Although the scallops are not as plentiful as seasons past, time spent exploring the diverse ecosystem is worth the effort collecting enough to make it worth the while.  Redfish are the best inshore fish to target as of late. They’re have been a few small schools of reds on the incoming tide. Live pinfish are the best bait but if you hook a fish and have others following switch to a gold spoon to capitalize on the bite. Trout fishing for August also has been surprisingly good. High outgoing tide is the best bite and areas around deep passes are the best spots. High outgoing tide will be early morning and high incoming tide will be late afternoon this weekend. 

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