Again this week I have snorkeled instead of cast for seafood. The Scallop has been the target species.
I have heard good Trout and Red reports from people I trust. Now when I say good, I mean they went Trout and/or Red fishing and caught keeper size fish. I am sure this conversation might sound strange to some of you, let me explain, here on the Taylor and Dixie county coast we are accustomed to fishing in very clear to clean water. When it’s very dark or stained from the tanin present, as a result of all the rain we’ve had (decaying plant material produces the tanin and finds it’s way to Gulf via rivers and large creeks). The last few weeks we have seen nearly daily rain back to T.S. Debby, which dropped as much as 12″s here in Steinhatchee and more in other locations. I have said all that to say, there has not been a whole lot of fishing going on, some even speak of the mental block that comes with “non clear” water.
Dockside conversation has been about chasing patches of clear water which also held Scallops. The good news is it’s available. My party and I picked up 7 gallons yesterday and it yielded 4 pounds of the delicious meat! We had a great day.
I’ll try to keep you posted, in the mean time don’t give up on coming to Steinhatchee to go Scalloping, you may just have to look a little harder. Backup one or two reports and read my suggestions for finding a sweet spot.