It’s part treasure hunt. It’s part snorkeling adventure. And it’s pure fun for your whole gang.
I’m talking about scalloping in Citrus County, a tasty Sunshine State tradition. In this adventure, you gather scallops on the grassy sea floor of the Gulf of Mexico. All you need is a boat, a snorkel and an appetite for seafood.
If you’re worried about having to plunge into the deep, don’t be. The seagrass beds are only five or six feet under water, and seafood lovers of all ages can enjoy this experience.
- Scallopers over the age of 16 need a Florida fishing license.
- State regulations allow each person to collect two gallons of whole bay scallops or one pint of meat, with no more than 10 gallons of whole scallops or half a gallon of meat on any vessel at any time.
- Scallops may be taken only by hand or with a landing or dip net.
Start planning your getaway before the next high tide, because scalloping season starts July 1 and continues through Sept. 24, 2013. For more information on Citrus County scalloping and a list of guides, contact the Citrus County Visitors and Convention Bureau.
Do you know where your snorkel is?
Insider’s Tip: Licensed guides are a popular choice and provide all the necessary equipment.