We must talk and discuss the very important Saturday coming up. The first day of scallop season for Citrus County and the Nature Coast. Many folks have ask me where are they at? All I can say is that I have not snorkeled in the water or have seen any with my polarized shades because I have been fishing. I do have some good sources like Capt. Aaron Shields who has scouted the north area and did not see that many and Capt.Tony Mathews who has seen plenty to the south. I trust that both these captains are keeping they’re poker face and either one could lead you to the scallop promise land. I can say that the water is very clear, no jelly fish and warm plus friendly. Our tides this weekend are favorable for a high noon low tide.
Tarpon fishing has it’s moments and some fish are just west of Bird Key and heading north towards Grey Mare Pass. Down south of Chassahowitzka look for fish on the sand. Redfish are productive but be prepared to hit many keys to find one that is good. The reds are scattered but it happens this time every year. Bring shrimp and pinfish to catch them. Surprisingly there are a few big trout inshore around the mouth of St. Martins River, anglers have been getting them on live shrimp or D.O.A. Deadly Combos. Offshore in 10 to 14 feet there are trout, sea bass and flounder hitting MirrOlure LiL’ Johns fished slow near the bottom. The best bet and one of my favorites for the summer is mangrove snapper. Most any rock will have some keepers and a free lined live shrimp or one pinned to a 1/8 oz. chartreuse jig head will get the bite. I wish everyone a safe scallop season, be patient and help one another. Incoming high tide will be early morning this weekend. Happy Fourth!