Scallops tuck themselves into the seagrass beds where they filter feed on microorganisms. Often found in loose groups and relatively easy to spot, they can be plucked from the sandy sea bottom by hand. Feistier scallops may jet backward in an attempt to escape, but you’ll collect your limit in no time.
While anyone with a boat can access the nearshore seagrass beds, scalloping is much like getting on the big fish when you’re in a new location. The best way to find the hot spot is to go with a trusted local guide who’s familiar with Florida waters. Not only do they know the secret spots, but they also know which areas have not been recently harvested. Luckily, the Adventure Coast has some world-class guides and launches from Hernando Beach, Bayport and Weeki Wachee
Captain Lowell Bebout of BeBout Fishin’ Time is a second-generation fishing guide on Florida’s Adventure Coast. Growing up fishing with his dad, Captain Lowell inherited an encyclopedic knowledge of fishing and splits his time between Florida and late-season Alaska fishing around Bristol Bay. Captain Lowell knows the places and seasons for the best fishing experiences. He guides the flats and back waters but loves the addictive family adventure of scalloping.
An International Game and Fish Administration certified captain, Steven Soults of Angling Adventures Deep Sea Charter has been a full-time fishing guide for 20 years. A US Coast Guard licensed fishing guide and member of the Florida Guides Association, Captain Steven loves to share his experience with clients. Working the inshore flats, the deep-sea bottom, and the scalloping beds, he has the skill and enthusiasm necessary to create a family fun day on the water.
We all know Florida’s Adventure Coast, Brooksville-Weeki Wachee offers the best of all things fishing: fly fishing and light tackle, freshwater and saltwater, seagrass beds and oyster bars (before they become on-the-half shell shooters), grouper, tarpon, redfish, sea trout, snook, and sea bass. The list goes on. Now it’s time to discover the delight of scalloping and all the seagrass swimming adventure that it offers.